Hasan Minhaj was born on September 23, 1985 in Davis, California. Minhaj attended the University of California, majoring in political science. During his time in college he was exposed to comedy for the first time, seeing Chris Rock’s, “Never Scared.” Shortly after, he began traveling to San Francisco to perform stand up and by 2008 he won Wild 94.9‘s “Best Comic Standing” competition. A year later, he moved to LA where he was a finalist for NBC’s, “Stand Up for Diversity.” In the years to follow, Minhaj began to be cast in various television shows. In the fall of 2014, he became a correspondent for ‘The Daily Show’ and was the last correspondent hired by Jon Stewart. A few years later, in 2017, Minhaj was the featured speaker at the 2017 White House Correspondent’s Dinner, which gave him a lot of exposure as he used the platform to roast Washington D.C., politicians, and the president himself. Since then, Minhaj has released a comedy album, a one-man show that has since been turned into the stand-up special, “Homecoming King”, and now hosts a weekly show on Netflix entitled, “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”
This week, Kaizen Komedy looks at the work of Hasan Minhaj. Minhaj brings a high level of energy and absurdity to his performances. He is a performer on stage with his fast-paced delivery and high energy body language. And in his most recent special, “Homecoming King”, Minhaj takes you on a very personal journey since his birth to the present. He uses the hour to lead the audience through an autobiographical story arc, with consistent laughs throughout.
Bits analyzed: The Curve, No one is here, The Minhaj Legacy.
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