- The Indian American comedian is back on the tour circuit after his 2021 one-man show — “The King’s Jester.”
Indian American comedian Hasan Minhaj has announced his third tour — “Off With His Head’ — which hits several cities in North America later this month.
He is back on the tour circuit after his 2021 one-man show — “The King’s Jester” — on the heels of losing his Netflix show “Patriot Act.” The tour marked his return to his “storytelling roots four years after the global success of his Netflix comedy special ‘Homecoming King,’ which garnered rave reviews and won a 2018 Peabody Award,” according to his website. This summer, the comedian tested material for the tour as part of Williamstown Theatre Festival’s reimagined season, the Times Union reported.
Minhaj started his comedy career in 2014 as a Just for Laughs New Face. His Netflix show “Patriot Act” was cancelled in 2021 as the streaming service struggled with topical talk shows. The much-acclaimed show aired for 39 episodes across six seasons on Netflix and covered timely and topical issues. During his show’s run, Minhaj has taken on the student loan debt crisis, immigration enforcement in the Trump era, Amazon’s plan for world domination, Indian elections, etc.
He is also producing and starring in “For the Culture,” a film he’s scripting for Amazon Studios along with long-time collaborator Prashanth Venkataramanujam. The film will be the first venture of Minhaj’s newly-launched production company, 186KFilms. The comedian, actor and host will serve as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, with Venkataramanujam serving as Chief Content Officer and Tyler Babin as Chief Digital Officer.
Meanwhile, the former correspondent for “The Daily Show,”is a leading candidate with actor Kal Penn, to host Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” to replace Trevor Noah, who left the job late last year. He guest hosted from Feb. 27 to March 2, and “brought in an average of 602,000 total viewers, “according to The Wrap. He worked on the show as one of its team of faux “correspondents” between 2014 and 2018.
In an interview with Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast in May, Minhaj admitted that he is “definitely open to have a conversation” about hosting the show. It’s a very different conversation then, when I first got hired at the show when I was 29,” he said. “My life is in a very different place. And so that’s a bigger life/family convo. It changes a lot of things,” he said. “It’s an all-encompassing, all-consuming thing.”