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Davis' Hasan Minhaj inks Netflix deal to become first Indian-American talk show host

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Netflix announced Thursday that Hasan Minhaj will begin hosting his own talk show later this year, making the Davis High School alumnus the first Indian-American to do so with a national reach.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the Netflix family as the country braces for another election season — and like you, I cannot wait to find out who Putin picks this time," Minhaj joked in a statement announcing the news Thursday.

Minhaj's star has dramatically risen since his time growing up in Davis, earning national recognition as a "Daily Show" regular before emceeing the White House Correspondents' Dinner last year. His Netflix comedy special "Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King" was filmed at the Mondavi Center in Davis last year and earned glowing reviews.

The show's first season will span 32 episodes and begin later this year, according to a Netflix news release. It's billed as a comedy show exploring the modern cultural and political landscape, and features Prashanth Venkataramanujam - the head writer for Minhaj's White House Correspondents Dinner appearance - as a co-creator and executive producer.

Minhaj also produced his new show's pilot, which reportedly sparked a bidding war between Comedy Central and Netflix.

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.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, begel@sacbee.com

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