Netflix has ordered a new talk show starring actor and Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj. This marks the second time in recent weeks that Netflix has poached Daily Show talent. Last month, correspondent Michelle Wolf also bailed on Comedy Central to join the streaming giant. At least Daily Show managed to hold on to host Trevor Noah, signing him to a new deal through 2022.
The Daily Show of course has long been a prominent launching pad for future comedy stars. Many will remember that Oscar-nominated actor Steve Carell kicked off his rise to fame as a Daily Show player. Stephen Colbert too worked on The Daily Show before launching The Colbert Report, and later becoming host of The Late Show. Samantha Bee, star of TBS's Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, likewise got her start on Comedy Central's flagship property. Then there's John Oliver, who went from The Daily Show to hosting his own HBO series Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
It remains to be seen if Hasan Minhaj will become the latest Daily Show name to make it big. Still, he's going to get his shot to make that happen. As reported by THR, Netflix has ordered a new weekly talk show hosted by Minhaj. The show reportedly gets a 32-episode order from the streaming behemoth. Perhaps as a preview of the show's content, Minhaj spoke about his new gig by getting off a Trump joke:
"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."
Before joining The Daily Show, Minhaj honed his comedy chops with appearances on multiple TV series, including Arrested Development, State of Georgia and Disaster Date. Last year ,Minhaj appeared in the Scarlett Johansson summer comedy dud Rough Night. He also scored a gig as host of the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner, an event that used to feature comedians roasting the president to his face, until Donald Trump decided to boycott. In May, Minhaj appeared in his first Netflix stand-up comedy special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King.
With the new show from Minhaj, Netflix continues expanding their talk show and comedy offerings. This year, the streaming service debuted a new monthly talk show from the legendary David Letterman, featuring Letterman's interviews with equally legendary guests like George Clooney and Barack Obama. Netflix has also launched a new The Soup-like comedy series from The Soup host Joel McHale. In 2018, Netflix reportedly will have 700 original movies and TV shows to their name. Meanwhile, their overall library of movies continues to shrink relative to their slate of series.