Hasan Minhaj is a talented comedian and writer currently based in New York City. Having gained acclaim for his web series The Truth with Hasan Minhaj, and his work as a stand-up comedian and actor, Minhaj earned a spot as a senior correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he continues to appear with Stewart’s replacement, host Trevor Noah. Between September 23 and 25, Minhaj will appear at Toronto’s Royal Theatre, as part of the JFL42 comedy festival with his highly successful off-Broadway show, Homecoming King. Here, Hasan and I discuss what it’s like in Minneapolis, his cool coffee order fix, knowing you’re a weirdo, half an ice cream and smart consuming, interviewing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on The Daily Show, a political crush and Hogwart’s, embracing Justin, losing Obama, the POTUS and FLOTUS and swag, releasing the socio-political Kraken, America’s publicly annotated downfall, temporal confusion, Canada’s short election cycle, a harried nation divided, belittling a belittlers, dumb and racist, E.Q. not I.Q., a no-lose situation, the voices of Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah, correspondent freedom, new bosses don’t have easy jobs, after the DNC and RNC, pop-ins by Stew Beef, Homecoming King and growing up in the agricultural town of Davis, California, a love story, acceptance and whiteness, Bethany Reed and secret interracial love, log kya sochenge, a special New Year’s announcement, when he address Congress about gun control, and that was it.
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