Hasan Minhaj, Daily Show Bae, Becomes First Indian-American to Host a Weekly Comedy Show

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Hell. Yes. The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj, a hilarious, well-coiffured man who both my Dadaji and I adore (though perhaps for slightly different reasons), will be the first Indian-American to host a weekly comedy show.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix outbid Comedy Central for Minhaj’s pilot and guaranteed him 32 episodes that will “explore the modern cultural and political landscapes with depth and sincerity.” I have no idea what that means, but I honestly don’t care, because I have high hopes that Minhaj is going to bring jokes about the NRA, abstinence, cultural appropriation, and other shit white people love...and I love to mock.

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Netflix’s vice president of content Bela Bajaria—who is also reportedly the highest-ranking Indian-American executive in the entertainment industry—is just as excited as I am. “I’ve been a big fan of Hasan’s for many years,” she said. “He’s a phenomenal writer with a distinct point of view [and] he is a brilliant performer, who is hilarious both onstage and off. And more importantly, he isn’t afraid to share his thoughtful voice and unique perspective.”

Minhaj will co-executive produce the series with co-creator and executive producer Prashanth Venkataramanujam, the head writer for the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner (which Minhaj hosted).

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Netflix family as the country braces for another election season—and like you, I cannot wait to find out who Putin picks this time,” Minhaj joked.

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