Hasan Minhajis an Indian-American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host who was born in the United States on September 23, 1985. Two Peabody Awards and two Webby Awards were given to Hasan Minhaj and his Netflix series Patriot Act.
He first gained notoriety for his work on The Daily Show as its senior reporter from 2014 to 2018. Prior to that, he performed stand-up comedy and had small television roles. The main speaker of the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner was Minhaj. Homecoming King, his first stand-up comedy special, premiered on Netflix on May 23, 2017, received favorable reviews from critics, and in 2018 it helped him win his first Peabody Award.
In August 2018, Minhaj departed The Daily Show to host Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, a weekly comedy program that launched on Netflix on October 28, 2018. In April 2019, he earned his second Peabody Award for Patriot Act, and he was named among Time’s 100 most important people in the world.
The Morning Show, an Apple TV+ drama, features Minhaj in a recurring role in season 2.
Hasan Minhaj Early Life
Hasan Minhaj was born to Indian Muslim parents from Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, Central India, on September 23, 1985, in Davis, California, in the United States. His parents, Najme and Seema Minhaj (formerly Usmani), arrived in America from India. He was born in the United States, and so did his organic chemist father. After leaving the United States for three years to give birth to his sister in 1989, his mother returned to India for eight years to finish medical school. He graduated in 2003 from Davis Senior High School. The following year, Minhaj enrolled in the University of California, Davis, where he double-majored in political science and film to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007.
Hasan Minhaj career
He first watched a stand-up special, Chris Rock’s Never Scared, in college, which piqued his interest in comedy. He set out for San Francisco, where he would perform. He was hired to perform as the opening act for Katt Williams, Pablo Francisco, and Gabriel Iglesias after winning Wild 94.9’s “Best Comic Standing” contest in 2008. Additionally, he had a part-time job writing comedy for the website Ning. Minhaj cites Arj Barker, W. Kamau Bell, and Kevin Shea as influences.
In order to perform on NBC’s Stand-up for Diversity, for which he was a contestant, Minhaj relocated to Los Angeles in 2009.
Hasan Minhaj Influencers
Richard Pryor, Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah, Junot Diaz, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, and Stephen Colbert, according to Minhaj, are some of the comedians that have influenced him.
Hasan Minhaj Personal Life
Despite claiming to be a Muslim, Minhaj describes himself as “non-dogmatic” and has discussed his disagreements with a number of Islamic doctrines and customs. Minhaj wed Beena Patel, whom he had met in college, in January 2015. After earning her doctorate in public health in 2013, Beena began working with patients who were homeless and is now a management consultant for Med America.
In his comedy show The King’s Jester, Minhaj claimed that he dated his wife for ten years before proposing to her. In his comedy special, Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, Minhaj addressed how he and his wife are both second generation Indian-Americans; Patel is a Hindu of Gujarati heritage, while Minhaj is a Muslim of Uttar Pradeshi descent. Prior to the epidemic, the pair resided in New York City, but they have since relocated to the adjacent town of Greenwich, Connecticut. A son and a daughter were born to them in April 2018 and respectively (born February 2020).
Minhaj is proficient in his home languages of Hindi and Urdu in addition to English. Minhaj has discussed the difficulty of conceiving with his wife. The couple was able to have two children after Minhaj underwent varicocele repair surgery when it was determined that his fertility was the problem rather than that of his wife.
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