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Hasan Minhaj will headline SA Comedy Series

Peabody Award-winning comedian will perform at Alumni Arena Saturday

Comedian Hasan Minhaj performs during a comedy show at Joint Base Andrews in Washington in 2016.
Comedian Hasan Minhaj performs during a comedy show at Joint Base Andrews in Washington in 2016.

Hasan Minhaj will headline the Student Association’s annual Comedy Series on Saturday, the organization announced in an Instagram post Monday.

Minhaj, a two-time Peabody Award-winning comedian best known for his Netflix show, “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj,” will perform a comedy show and partake in a Q&A at Alumni Arena at 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Minhaj, 36, began his career as a stand-up comic. He rose to prominence as the senior correspondent for The Daily Show on Comedy Central, working with Jon Stewart and later, Trevor Noah. He was the featured speaker at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner and hosted the Netflix stand-up comedy special, “Homecoming King,” in May 2017.

In 2019, he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Minhaj’s show marks the first in-person Comedy Series performance since February 2019, when Emmy Award-winning comedian John Mulaney took the Center for the Arts stage for a pair of shows.

The SA has brought a number of big-name comedians to campus over the past decade, including Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari and John Oliver. The Comedy Series hasn’t been a proper series since 2014, when three comedians — Ansari, H. Jon Benjamin and Aisha Tyler — took the stage. In recent years, it has featured only one performer.

Minhaj performed at Kleinhans Music Hall in downtown Buffalo on March 4 as part of his one-man show, “The King’s Jester.” His Saturday show will mark his first performance at UB.

Free undergraduate student tickets can be found here, while supplies last.

CORRECTION: The Spectrum initially reported that Minhaj was named one of Time Magazine's most influential people of 2017. That is inaccurate. Minhaj was named one of Time Magazine's most influential people of 2019. We regret this error. 

Justin Weiss is the managing editor and can be reached at justin.weiss@ubspectrum.com

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JUSTIN WEISS
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Justin Weiss is The Spectrum's managing editor. In his free time, he can be found hiking, playing baseball or throwing things at his TV when his sports teams aren't winning. His words have appeared in Elite Sports New York and the Long Island Herald. He can be found on Twitter @Jwmlb1.

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