By Kendall Buzzelli
At only 30 years old, Hasan Minhaj has become a name to remember. After an immpressive comedy career, Minhaj brings his hugely popular, critically acclaimed one-man, off-Broadway masterpiece, Homecoming King, to Wharton Center October 7.
If you’re a person who is new to Minhaj’s work, here’s what you need to know:
He was the last Jon Stewart hire on The Daily Show.
Back in the day, when it was The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Hasan Minhaj was hired and has since commented on political issues within the United States and abroad — including a sit-down interview with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
He began his career in standup.
Before The Daily Show, the California native was a stand-up comedian who used his past experiences to make an audience laugh. His writing is excellent and knows no cultural boundaries as he comments on different issues that somehow manage to have an effect on us all. [note: strong language]
He’s hosted a documentary special titled Stand Up Planet.
Yet again combining comedy with culture, Minhaj’s Stand Up Planet chronicles the lives of stand-up comics in some of the most remote places on Earth, such as India and South Africa. Minhaj said, “There’s a certain rhythm to comedy, and you can tell when certain people are funny — there’s just something funny about it…the way, sonically, comedy is delivered.” [note: strong language]
He was on the most recent season of Arrested Development on Netflix.
Enough said on that one.
See Hasan Minhaj’s latest comedic venture, Homecoming King, at Wharton Center on October 7.
For more information, visit https://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/hasan-minhaj-homecoming-king or call 1-800-WHARTON. Student tickets are only $18 — but only a limited number are available.