Hassan Minhaj is interested in how ready he is to joke. “When I first started working, I wanted to be a comedian,” the Indian-American comic said in our Zoom interview. “I say what I want, I do what I want.”
Then there were the children of a former Daily Show reporter and Patriot Act presenter. “Now I’m a father, other people have to live with the consequences of what I say. I’m not just speaking on my own behalf – I’m part of a team. “
Minhaj, at least briefly, is happy to be in Connecticut with his team. She will star this season as the host of Apple TV +’s Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon’s “Morning Show” drama. He has created a new one-man show, which has just opened and will be touring until next March. He tells the supervillain in the “Dark Knight” screenwriter David S. Goyer’s “Batman isn’t Buried” podcast.
Oh, and he and his wife, Beena Patel Minhay, executive director of the Health Foundation, welcomed their son last year — just as the pandemic was in New York.
“It was really wild,” the 36-year-old said. The family was in Manhattan and it was difficult for her 2-year-old daughter to follow the city’s COVID protocols. “He hugs everyone, licks the elevator buttons. When we go to the bode, he goes behind the counter and catches the cat. In April 2020, none of that was great!”
Minhaj has now added the difficult part of his fatherly journey to the new “King’s Joke” live show. He recently joked with Jimmy Fallon on the Evening Show that he made a joke about adopting a white kid “to fit in with these parents.” To show people that we are really successful in this country. “But her story wasn’t a joke, she says: She struggled with childbirth-related difficulties and underwent varicocele correction surgery.
“Pregnancy is defined as a problem for women – men are not seen as part of that partnership,” Minhaj said. “For years, I suffered from back pain and didn’t know what it was. I partly blame my high school sex teacher. They scare you so much of that area of your body – sex as your members are radioactive! ”His wife turned on the green light to announce to him in public that she was struggling. “Hopefully, in a way, that means we can talk to other guys about it.”
Striving to tell the truth for the authorities has boosted Minhaj’s many careers, including a four-year “daily show” reporter, a 2017 White House reporters ’dinner, Netflix’s special“ Return Home ”that won at Peabody. king “and up to Netflix. , “Patriotic Act with Hassan Minhaj.” The second saw him deal with one topical issue in each episode, which was reviewed by a single commentator called TED Talk, which intersected with Blade Runner. His episode of Saudi Arabia torturing Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is banned in that country.
So it’s interesting to see him on the Morning Show as Eric (for Bradley Jackson of Witherspoon), a tough and composer who plays his ambitions close to the vest. “I think Eric understands the game,” he explains. “Bradley comes in, he’s on fire, he’s right – how could a man like Eric act like a gangster around him? It shaped my choices.”
Why did he want to be in the series? “It’s a very topical show. It’s poppin. And for a long time, America considered Muslims to be culturally insignificant,” he says. “So I’m proud of my team. It means a lot. I want to be a part of projects like this, I think it was impossible.”
The subject is that he became close friends with British actor and musician Riz Ahmad for several years.
“We are both children of immigrants; both of our parents speak their native language and have an emphasis on being first-generation laborers. He is part of the Desi Muslim Diaspora in the UK. I am part of the diaspora in the United States. This connection is really deep. We saw our stories from each other. ”
One of their common goals is to “take our story from the edge to the mainstream,” he says. “If I’m given that opportunity, I want to be a part of it so that I can consider it the best drink.”
To that end, he will also play Riddler in the new Spotify podcast, in which he plays Batman in front of the Duke of Watson (“Black Panther”). “I want to do things that stretch my mind, and I want 15-year-old Hassan to think, ‘Oh, I didn’t know this was possible.’
She really brings her parents to tapes and kits as often as possible because, she says, they still don’t believe her American reality is real. Minhaj, who grew up in Davis, California, says, “I always see my father’s face, like, ‘I didn’t know that.’
“My mom told me something very sad but beautiful,” she adds. “We were on stage and some [assistant] A young, blonde woman came up and said, “Would you like some coffee? I’ll go.” I said, “Yes, I like iced coffee. Mom, what do you want? I can’t believe a white man is running around fetching coffee. “What upsets me is, Mom, you’re a doctor! You’ve worked at VA for over 20 years. You deserve to have coffee with someone, too.”
Minhaj’s favorite look in the photo was to please his father: “It’s a great Gucci suit, it looks like my dad got married. It was a rejection.” These pieces are also related to a recent personal mission: “As a melanin person, I need to pay more attention to colors,” she says. “There were great reds and browns, tans and greens in the picture. It was really cute.”
As with many things Minhaj is now thinking about, fashion has become, as he puts it, “gray” control. Almost everything has two sides. “I want to fit the Gram, but I also know how it’s hurting the world,” he says. She explored the toxic dangers of fast fashion in the Patriot Act episode, which shaped her personal wardrobe selection style.
“What I want to promote is to buy quality items that will last a long time,” Minhaj said. “I am also ready to lend clothes. I love it. I borrow, then send back. It’s always been the happiest tool for me. ”
Being a part of the overall industry, it involves other cultural developments that are trying to find the right way to add to the “Royal Joke” during the tour.
“I don’t have words for the shows right now, but America’s favorite diamond is‘ I, ’” he says. “I’m a hybrid kid – I grew up being Indian and American. There’s a lot of community in Indian culture. And I love personal freedom here! I like things like sexuality, how I express myself, how I dress. I have to learn. It’s great. I think one thing we’ve forgotten here is the “we” team, and that makes me a little upset. ”
Still, he said, “I chose to be an angry optimist. It gives me something to fight for. ”
Photos of Kerry Hallihan; Fashion Editor: Serena French; Stylist: Anaxita Musaviyan; Fashion Assistant: Sean Rodriguez; Groom: Rhine White Tracy in Mettling, with Boy de Chanel