It was just announced that Hasan Minhaj will be hosting this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner. Despite President Trump saying he will be a no-show, the comedian is in good company, host-wise, as he follows in the foot steps of Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Kimmel. If you’re not familiar with Minhaj’s work, for the past several years he has been a Comedy Central show correspondent, both with Jon Stewart and now with Trevor Noah, with segments often focusing on religious and Muslim issues.
Time magazine breaks down five top things to know about the funnyman:
Born and raised in California, Minhaj father immigrated from India. He’s Muslim.
As a correspondent for The Daily Show, Minhaj has been the star of politically scathing segments.
Other roles have included hosting C-SPAN’s Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner in 2016 and starring in his own viral web series “The Truth” with Hasan Minhaj.
He was inspired to try his hand at comedy after watching Chris Rock videos in college.
He’s been a public advocate for LGBT rights.