Cool Dad Job: Comedian and Actor
Cool Dad Vibe: Straight Shooter
Cool Dad Bona Fides: Hasan Minhaj is one of the biggest names in American comedy, thanks to his time as a correspondent on The Daily Show and, of course, hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2017 where he roasted politicians and power brokers with hilarious ease. But his longest-running fans love him for expertly articulating the experience of a first generation Indian-American Muslim and helping to bridge political and cultural gaps between anyone with empathy and a sense of humor. A lot of this involves jokes about immigrant parents that are relatable to, well, everyone with parents. Case and point: “We know nothing about our parents,” Minhaj notes in one stand-up special. “And they know nothing about us. Like, I’ll go, ‘Dad, what’s your favorite color?’ He’ll say, ’Stanford!’” Minhaj and his wife Beena Patel reside in New York City and celebrated the birth of their first child, a baby girl, in April of 2018. There’s little doubt he too will misunderstand her — but she’ll be well aware that’s just material to roast him on at all their family dinners.