As famous for his contributions to The Daily Show as he is for his observational standup comedy, Hasan Minhaj is headed to Vancouver as part of his Off With His Head On Tour. The 38-year-old will play the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on March 15, 2024.
Minhaj first rose to prominence as a senior correspondent on The Daily Show, delivering segments on everything from confederate statues to the meaning of Ramadan to being a Muslim in Donald Trump’s America. In 2018 he struck out on his own as the host of Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which ran for six seasons, exploring the political and cultural landscape in one of the most fascinatingly fractured—AKA batshit—countries on the planet: the US.
While TV has made Minhaj a pop-culture juggernaut, it’s standup that’s always been his first love, with his heroes including Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, and Stephen Colbert. Born in California to Indian Muslim parents, the comedian has extensively mined his upbringing, and his adult experiences in America, in his routines.
Highlights from the man who proudly admits to looking like a “raccoon on Adderall” onstage have included, “Do you want to know when brown kids get slapped at birthday parties? Every brown birthday party. And usually it’s the kid whose birthday it is.”
Minhaj is, of course, in the news for reasons other than his Off With His Tour these days. While originally pegged as a logical successor to Trevor Noah on The Daily Show, that idea was derailed in September when The New Yorker ran a story which claimed that he admits to exaggerating stories from his personal life on stage.
But let’s not go there, unless you want to dive into the work of everyone from Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers to Louis C.K. and Amy Schumer. And if you insist, go here for Minhaj’s side of things.
Instead of ending on a downer here, let’s flash back to the time Minhaj felt it was necessary to explain the difference between Hindus and Muslims to North Americans, starting with: “[They] are like the Montagues and Capulets of India. And we’ve been warring for centuries. I know some of you guys are like, ‘What’s the difference? I take yoga, and you guys all look the same.’”
What: Off With His Head Tour
When: March 15, 2024
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre