One story he told in a Netflix special was opening a letter with white powder that spilled onto his young child, who had to go to the hospital. While Minhaj said he did get a letter with white powder, the rest of the story was fabricated.
“I use the tools of stand-up comedy — hyperbole, changing names and locations, and compressing timelines to tell entertaining stories,” Minhaj told Vanity Fair. “That’s inherent to the art form. You wouldn’t go to a haunted house and say, ‘Why are these people lying to me?’ — the point is the ride. Stand-up is the same.”
He had the credentials to take the job after being a correspondent on the show and hosting the Netflix comedy news series “Patriot Act,” which ran from 2018 to 2020.
Three weeks ago, he responded to the New Yorker article on YouTube.
In the video he posed the question: “Is Hasan Minhaj just a con artist who uses fake racism and Islamophobia to advance his career?” In his own defense, he said he was making “artistic choices to drive home larger issues affecting me and my community.”
IF YOU GO
Hasan Minhaj, 7 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2024, $53.50 - $238.50, Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, www.foxtheatre.org
Rodney Ho writes about entertainment for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution including TV, radio, film, comedy and all things in between. A native New Yorker, he has covered education at The Virginian-Pilot, small business for The Wall Street Journal and a host of beats at the AJC over 20-plus years. He loves tennis, pop culture & seeing live events.