Hasan Minhaj, comedian
and political commentator, will guest host Comedy Central’s The Daily Show
following Trevor Noah’s surprise departure. No permanent host has been
finalized yet following Noah’s sudden announcement in September that he will be
quitting the late-night talk show.
Along with the
two-time Peabody Award-winning comedian Hasan Minhaj, former senator Al Franken
and comedian Sarah Silverman will also host to fill in for a week’s worth of
shows, Vulture reported.
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Who is Hasan Minhaj?
Hasan Minhaj was born
on September 23, 1985, in Davis, California to parents from Aligarh, Uttar
Pradesh, India. His mother Seema Minhaj returned to India for eight years to
complete her medical education after giving birth to Hasan. His father Najme
Minhaj was an organic chemist and lived in the United States to look after him.
He has a younger sister named Ayesha Minhaj, an attorney in the San Francisco
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Hasan Minhaj studied
at Davis Senior High School till 2003. Then he went to the University of
California, Davis for a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and
graduated in 2007.
started traveling around the city to perform stand-up after being inspired by
Chris Rock’s Never Scared. His victory in Wild 94.4’s “Best Comic Standing”
competition led him to act for Katt Williams, Pablo Francisco, and Gabriel
Iglesias. He experienced writing comedy while working for a website, Ning.
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Minhaj qualified as a
finalist in NBC’s Stand-up for Diversity in 2009. He was seen in the TV sitcom
State of Georgia. He performed guest roles in Arrested Development and Getting
On. He voiced Rabi Ray Rana in the Far Cry 4 video game.
The comedian joined
The Daily Show in 2014. He hosted the annual Radio and Television
Correspondents Dinner in 2016. He was a featured speaker at the 2017 White
House Correspondents Dinner. Minhaj’s show, Homecoming King, debuted
Off-Broadway in 2015. He later turned the show into his first stand-up special,
which aired on Netflix in 2017.
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Netflix announced that Minhaj would host his
own weekly show on the platform, which premiered in October 2018 as Patriot Act
with Hasan Minhaj. He was also listed among TIME’s 100 Most Influential People
in the World in 2019.
Minhaj met his wife
Beena Patel in college and got married in 2015. Beena has a doctorate degree in
public health. They have two children, a daughter and a son.