The White House correspondents’ dinner was previously hosted by such personalities as Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Kimmel. However, the first of Donald Trump’s presidency was hosted by an aspiring comedian, Hasan Minhaj. He is an Indian-American comedian and actor who became known as the Daily Show’s senior correspondent. Hasan Minhaj was born on September 23, 1985, in Davis, California, USA.
He also became famous for his criticism of the Trump policy, especially for the proposed Muslim ban and finally two travel bans. During dinner, he roasted the president in his absence and called him a liar. His speech was nevertheless well received, as he received a standing ovation at the end.
Hasan Minhaj Biography
Minhaj was born in Davis, California. His interest in comedy was born when he was at the University of California in Davis after seeing Chris Rocks Never Scared. He majored in Political Science. As his interest in comedy grew, he traveled to San Francisco to perform, and success began to spread.
In his winning series, he accepted the award for “Wild 94.9’s Best Comic Standing” in 2008, and then acted as the opening act for top comic acts such as Katt Williams, Pablo Francisco, and Gabriel Iglesias. He worked part-time for the website Ning and wrote comedies with this experience. Minhaj later moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to perform at NBC’s Standup for Diversity, where he was a finalist.
As he took a few steps further, he made several television appearances. In 2011, he appeared on the State of Georgia sitcom as Seth and also starred in the MTV hidden camera show, Disaster Date. His videos on YouTube earned him a spot on Failosophy. His other television appearances include appearances on Watsky’s Making an Album, The Wanda Sykes Show, The Legend of Neil, Money from Strangers, Arrested Development, @midnight in Comedy Central, and Getting On.
In 2014 he sang Rabi Ray Rana in the video game Far Cry 4, for which he was nominated for 2015 Behind the Voice Actors Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game. Minhaj also hosted the 2013 Stand Up Planet, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a YouTube series entitled The Truth with Hasan Minhaj. He is represented by Haven Entertainment, WME, and Hansen Jacobson, and his inspirations were Kevin Shea, W. Kamau Bell, and Arj Barker.
Minhaj is very talented and skilled. He has managed to sum up his experiences as part of an immigrant family and the challenges he faced during his childhood in a predominantly white city in his one-man stand-up comedy special “Homecoming King”. The show debuted off-Broadway in October 2015 and on NetFlix in May 2017.
In November 2014, he joined The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and became known as a senior correspondent. Minhaj was also the narrator for the radio and television correspondents’ dinner.
Hasan has achieved quite some success in a short time in his career, and there are more to come. He has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
Is Hasan Minhaj Gay
Minhaj is clearly not gay but has publicly advocated for LGBT rights. In his letter to academic Reza Aslan to his Muslim fellow citizens, he encouraged them to support the legalization of gay marriage as members of minority communities in the USA. He believes that it is not only right but Islamic, to associate with the marginalized communities of homosexuals, even if one disagrees with them.
During his studies, Minhaj met his girlfriend at the time, Beena Patel, who comes from a Hindu family, and started dating her. In 2015 he broke through the barrier between religion and society and married her after having been with her for a long time. Beena Patel has become a force in Minhaj’s life. In a 2016 article in the New York Times, he described himself as a bachelor with Scarface photos in his house, but that changed when he married Beena and moved in with her.
What is Beena doing? According to her LinkedIn page, she received a public health doctorate from UCLA in 2013. Her dissertation on the implementation of the West Los Angeles HPACT was nationally recognized and replicated as best practice across the country. She works as a management consultant for MedAmerica after quitting her job in LA, where she worked with homeless patients and gave them a voice. Beena strives to improve the quality of care and support through patient-centric innovation.
Hasan Minhaj Family, Parents, Sister
He is an American of American nationality and Indian descent and belongs to a Muslim family originally from Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. His parents are Najme Minhaj, a chemist, and Seema Usmani, a doctor. They immigrated to Davis, California before his birth. He lived with his father for the first eight years of his life, while his mother returned to India to complete her medical studies. During this time, his sister Ayesha Minhaj was born. He was 8 years old when she was first introduced to him and he joked in a skit about the strangeness of it all.
Minhaj and his sister are an impressive pair of siblings, and both have found success in their chosen careers. While one tells jokes, the other argues in court. Ayesha is a lawyer based in San Francisco. She is a trial attorney in Palo Alto, California, in the office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Affiliates, a top international law firm based in New York City.
She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After graduation, she moved to the Bay Area, where she obtained a position as a news anchor for NBC News. After a year in journalism, Ayesha returned to school and received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She may still be unmarried as she does not have a wedding ring on her finger to say otherwise.
He is 6′ (1.83 m) tall.