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Netflix Signs First Indian-American Host of a Weekly Comedy Talk Show

Mar 1, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Netflix has committed to a 32-episode order for a new talk show to be hosted by Hasan Minhaj, making him the first Indian-American host of a weekly comedy talk show.

The show will premiere later this year.

“Minhaj’s comedy show will explore the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity,” Netflix said in announcing the project today. “Each week, Minhaj will bring his unique comedic voice and storytelling skill to investigate the larger trends shaping our fragmented world.”

Minhaj starred last year in the one-hour Netflix comedy special “Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King.” He also hosted the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

“He joined ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,’ where he was Jon’s last hire, in November 2014 as a correspondent and continued on in that role after Trevor Noah took over as host the following year,” Netflix noted. “He will remain with ‘The Daily Show’ through the end of July, before beginning work on this new project. In addition, Minhaj and his sketch comedy quartet, Goatface, will bring their wide-ranging brand of humor to Comedy Central for a one-hour special next year. This summer he will star in Lionsgate’s ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me.'”

Minhaj commented: “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.”

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