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Brie Larson, Hasan Minhaj among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2019

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Two entertainers who grew up in the Sacramento area have been named to Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People, published Wednesday.

Actress Brie Larson, best known for her lead role in the recent Marvel box-office hit “Captain Marvel,” was named in the unranked list’s subcategory of “artists” for 2019.

Comedian and TV host Hasan Minhaj, who was born in raised in Davis and graduated from UC Davis in 2007, made Time magazine’s list under the heading of “pioneers.”

Larson, 29, has been lauded by many critics for her work in “Captain Marvel,” which represented Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero movie. The film was released March 8 in the U.S. and has already grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. In 2016, Larson won the Academy Award for best actress for the 2015 drama “Room.”

“Brie Larson is a warrior on- and offscreen,” actress Tessa Thompson, Larson’s co-star in the upcoming “Avengers: Endgame,” wrote for Time magazine in recognition of Larson’s honor.

Minhaj, 33, earned the prestigious honor following a flurry of critically acclaimed performances starting with his roast of President Donald Trump at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April.

Less than a month later, his stand-up comedy special, “Homecoming King” premiered on Netflix. The act, which was filmed at UC Davis’ Mondavi Center, focused on Minhaj’s upbringing in Davis after his parents migrated from India.

Minhaj was also a correspondent on “The Daily Show” from 2014 to 2018 under hosts Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah, which he left to host his own Netflix show, “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.” The comedy/variety show debuted in October and has been well-received, maintaining a 100 percent “fresh” rating on review website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 15 reviews.

“Hasan is still as fresh-faced as ever, but his voice booms across screens around the world, thanks to his groundbreaking Netflix show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj,” Noah wrote for Time magazine. “... Patriot Act is the manifestation of Hasan’s whip-smart commentary, charisma and sincerity. It’s also a consistent reminder that Hasan is America. And America is Hasan.”

The full list is available at www.time.com.

Muslim comedian Hasan Minhaj hosted Saturday's White House Correspondents Association dinner in Washington, D.C., where he poked fun at the press and President Donald Trump.

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Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.


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