Hasan Minhaj lands new role on popular show

Popular and native Davis comedian Hasan Minhaj landed a recurring role on season two of “The Morning Show,” joining leading stars like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, according to multiple media reports.

Minhaj will play “Eric”, a charismatic star who joins the program “The Morning Show”, broadcast on Apple’s streaming service. The show has won multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards and depicts a fictional television news program set in New York City.

Apple TV describes the show as a “shameless candid drama that looks at the modern workplace through the lens of the people who help wake up America.”

Minhaj recently hosted his own weekly Netflix show, “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj”. On this show, the award-winning comedian reflected on life in Sacramento, his alma mater UC Davis and the Sacramento Kings. The show won a Peabody Award and an Emmy for Outstanding Motion Design, but was canceled in August after airing for six seasons.

Minhaj rose to fame when he worked as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and then hosted the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the first year of President Donald Trump’s presidency, in which Trump did notably not attended.

Minhaj also released his own award-winning comedy special, “Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King,” which was filmed in Davis and focused on Minhaj’s experience as an Indian-American and Muslim in a largely white community.

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Sawsan Morrar covers responsibility and school culture for The Sacramento Bee. She grew up in Sacramento and is an alumnus of UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, she was a freelance writer for various publications including The Washington Post, Vice, KQED and Capital Public Radio.


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