The host of the Patriot Act, Hasan Minhaj, explains why it's worth it to bet on yourself


Good comedians are not afraid to irritate the feathers of the rich and powerful, and Hasan Minhaj is no different.

His Netflix series, "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," has drawn the ire and condemnation of politicians from Saudi Arabia, India and the Philippines – all in the eight months since its debut.

Meuj's career in the comedy took off when he became a senior correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2014. One of Stewart's latest hires with now host Trevor Noah, Minhaj found himself in a space rarely inhabited by Indian- Americans.

He garnered attention for his biting humor and dark humor, making the keynote address at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2017. The show made him a household name, and released a Netflix special, "Homecoming King," later that year.

But despite his success, Minhaj was eager to develop his own projects and left The Daily Show in 2018.

He enlisted his friend and writing partner Prashanth Venkataramanujam. The two performed at the open microphone college events and collaborated on all the independent projects of Minhaj. Together, they created the Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which debuted on Netflix in 2018. Venkataramanujam is the executive producer of the show.

"The most interesting projects I've done are self explorations," Minhaj told CNBC Make It. "That makes art more interesting."

The program uses cutting-edge humor to examine complex political and social issues and won the Peabody and Webby Awards. Minhaj also delves into topics of personal interest, including her love of hip hop music and the political climate of India.

"Every time you have a stick, just make sure you're talking about an honest place," he says. "Do not want to be yourself. Do something that scares you and bets on yourself."

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