Hasan Minhaj


Who is Hasan Minhaj?

Hasan Minhaj, born on September 23, 1985, in Davis, California, is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. His comedy often revolves around Indian culture and the modern American political scene, employing satire, observational humor, and black comedy. Minhaj gained significant recognition for his Netflix series "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," which earned an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, and two Webby Awards. In 2019, he was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world​​.

How did Hasan Minhaj start in comedy?

Minhaj's interest in comedy was sparked in college after watching Chris Rock's stand-up special "Never Scared." He started performing in San Francisco and, in 2008, won the "Best Comic Standing" competition of Wild 94.9, which led to opportunities to open for comedians like Katt Williams, Pablo Francisco, and Gabriel Iglesias. He also worked part-time for the website Ning, where he honed his comedy writing skills​​.

Where did Hasan Minhaj grow up?

Minhaj was born and raised in Davis, California, to Indian Muslim parents who had immigrated to the United States from Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. After his birth, his father, an organic chemist, stayed in the U.S., while his mother returned to India to complete her medical studies, returning to the U.S. intermittently. Minhaj graduated from Davis Senior High School in 2003 and later from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2007​​.

Is Hasan Minhaj currently on tour, or where does he perform?

As of the latest information available in 2023, Minhaj is not currently on tour. However, in 2021-2022, he performed a comedy tour across the United States, culminating in the release of his Netflix special "The King's Jester" in October 2022. Additionally, he has taken on various roles in television and film, suggesting a focus on a broader range of entertainment beyond stand-up tours​​.

Does Hasan Minhaj host any podcasts?

Minhaj has not hosted any podcasts as of the latest information available. However, he has ventured into voice acting for podcasts, notably voicing The Riddler in the Warner Bros.–Spotify Batman podcast "Batman Unburied" in 2022. He is also scheduled to reprise this role in the 2023 podcast "The Riddler: Secrets in the Dark"​​.

Did Hasan Minhaj release any recent Comedy Specials?

Yes, Hasan Minhaj released a Netflix special titled "The King's Jester" in October 2022. This special followed his previous highly acclaimed Netflix special "Homecoming King," which debuted in May 2017 and won a Peabody Award. "The King's Jester" is part of his broader engagement with Netflix, where he previously hosted the series "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj"​​.

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