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Hasan Minhaj: Indian American Comedian


We all woke up this weekend to our news feed filled with images of Hasan Minhaj as media from all over the world collectively applauded his witty one liners, and harsh burns, which spared no one, not even the President of the United States. As Minhaj said in his White House Correspondents Dinner speech, the marvelous thing about his speech is that even in the current political scenario, America is a democracy, where a first generation Indian American Muslim is allowed to take the stage at the White House Correspondents Dinner and roast the most powerful person in America.

The dinner however is definitely not Minhaj’s only claim to fame. He hosted the Radio and Television’s Correspondents Dinner on C-Span in 2016. He is a stand-up comedian and writer in USA, and has even played a few cameo roles on American TV series such as Arrested Development and Disaster date. He currently works as a senior correspondent on the Daily show, a political satire on current events on Comedy Central. In the show, Host Trevor Noah and Hasan Minhaj all about the week events, often mixing some serious thought provoking discussion with a dose of humor. He earned the respect and interest of his viewers with his honest and no holds barred take on current events. He did not shy away from controversial topics and went viral with his segments on Muslim Americans such as ‘Minhaj’s Muslim makeover’ where he gave tongue in cheek advice on how to disguise and hide one’s Muslim identity to survive in post Trump America. He also has interviewed a lot of high profile political leaders like Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. He has his own internet based show called ‘The Truth with Hasan Minhaj’. He is currently about to debut his own show on Netflix ‘The homecoming King’ a comic series that will highlight the daily experiences and ramifications of growing up as an Indian American Muslim in USA.

Hasan Minhaj was born to Indian American parents in California in 1985. His parents are practicing immigrated to USA from Aligarh in India. He completed his graduation from the University of California, with a major in Political Science. He was inspired by comedian Chris Rock, to work on his own comedy show. He shifted to Los Angeles to take become a finalist in NBC’s “Standup NBC” a nationwide search for diverse Comedians. He went on to win a number of awards for his performances including ‘Best Comic Standing’ Competition by wild 94.9. He has focused his career on breaking down racist and religious stereotypes. He is known most for asking the questions and raising issues on political and social topics that should be asked and doing them through the medium of comedy. His major in political science combined with his ethnic background and his passion for comedy made him the best candidate for speaking about issues that beg to be raised in today’s current political climate. However having said that, it is indeed heartening to note that a person like Hasan Minhaj is being applauded for raising these questions, which puts rest to the lie that America is a divided society or against minorities. For the most part America is still the place where millions of migrants go every day to realize their dreams.

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