Meet Hasan Minhaj, The Daily Show comedian and star of White House Correspondents’ Dinner

FP Staff

May,01 2017 16:48 26 IST

"This has been one of the strangest events I've ever done in my life," The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj said late in his set at Saturday's White House Correspondent's Dinner, before going on to say he felt like a tribute in the Hunger Games, waiting to see 'if Steve Bannon is going to eat me.'

Hasan Minhaj. Courtesy: Facebook.

It was part of a good, but odd, performance from the comedian, who was hampered by the fact that the person he spent the most time making fun of — President Donald Trump himself — wasn’t in the room. (For his part, Trump accused the media of spreading 'fake news' and said they deserved a 'big fat failing grade' during a rally for supporters the same evening in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.)

This is not the first time he is making fun of Trump though. The comedian is a senior correstpodent and a integral part of Trevor Noah's The Daily Show, and has provided scathing insights to Trump in the past. Here's a piece from The Today Show where he talks about Trump as 'the white ISIS.'

If you take a look at the website of the comedian, actor, and writer in New York, you will see a bio that explains his surname. 'Not related to Nicki.' he states (referring to pop sensation Nicki Minhaj, the hitmaker who has come up with songs like 'Anaconda' and 'Super Bass')

Minhaj, 31, whose parents hail from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, also has an one an hour-long stand-up special for Netflix, titled Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King is the story of 'New Brown America,' is based on true events from Minhaj's first generation Indian-American experience. Navigating between two worlds, it follows Minhaj’s arrival in the U.S., interracial love, racism, bullying, and his family’s quest to achieve the elusive American Dream. The show will premiere on 23 May:

delivered a memorable entertaining speech at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner which for the first time since 1981 was not attended by the US president. The young comedian made fun of Trump for his perceived proximity with the Russians, his attack on the media and several of his campaign rhetoric.

(with inputs from agencies)