Hasan Minhaj (born September 23, 1985 in Davis, California) is an American comedian, writer, actor, and television host.
His big break occurred in 2014 when he became the last official correspondent hired by Jon Stewart for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart before Stewart's retirement a year later, and Hasan has since gone on to become yet another relatively unknown comedian whom The Daily Show has springboarded to national and international fame.
He continued as a correspondent after Stewart's retirement on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for a few years. Then, after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States largely on a platform of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric, Hasan Minhaj (an Indian-American Muslim) followed in the footsteps of fellow Daily Show alumni Stephen Colbert and Larry Wilmore by hosting the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner.
President Trump, who had developed an adversarial relationship with the WH press corps, had already proclaimed that he would not attend the dinner. Other, better known, comedians reportedly turned down the gig and Samantha Bee even hosted an alternative "Correspondents Dinner" on the same night.
- Hasan: I would say it is an honour to be here, but that would be an alternative fact... No one wanted to do this and so of course it ends up in the hands of an immigrant. It's how it always goes down.
Not long after that, Netflix came calling and his stand-up comedy special Homecoming King debuted on the streaming service in May 2017 to critical acclaim and won a Peabody award. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj soon followed which won a second Peabody award the following year.
Not to be confused with Nicki Minaj, although...
- Hasan: (at the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner) It's 11pm right now. In four hours Donald Trump will be tweeting about how bad Nick Minaj bombed at this dinner. And he'll be doing it completely sober.