Indian-American comedian Hasan Minhaj is among Variety’s ‘New Leaders 2019,’ a list of next generation of leaders in the entertainment business, looking for representatives in the creative community, film, TV, music and digital.
Variety says “this year’s group has a heavy New York focus,” which includes “executives from forward thinking companies such as Spotify, Group Nine and Endeavor Audio, as well as writers and producers in late night comedy, plus agents and managers who help put the deals together that keep the entertainment business humming.”
The magazine, in its profile of Minhaj says that the 34-year-old “The Daily Show” alum “isn’t afraid to say something that’s going to tick people off, but also might make them laugh a little bit.” Minhaj, who has already won two Peabody awards, brings a global perspective to “Patriot Act,” his weekly Netflix series.
“We’re living in a time where art is starting to reflect the reality of the country,” Minhaj told Variety. “A lot of unheard voices are now getting an opportunity to be heard, and I think it’s so cool that institutions like ‘The Daily Show’ and other late-night shows have all of these amazing, different voices that we would not have heard from 10 years ago.”