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Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj Says Life Is Like Biryani

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May 22, 2017

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"My mom's biryani is the best," says Hasan Minhaj this week on The Sporkful. "And I really think that every South Asian mom has a distinct spin on biryani. It's our gumbo -- it's a food that allows you to remix and put a lot of unique elements in it."

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But for the comedian and Daily Show correspondent, biryani is more than a delicious food -- it's a guide to life. In his new Netflix special, Homecoming King, he says life is like biryani, "where you push the good [stuff] towards you and push the weird [stuff] to the side."

And when you're a "third-culture kid", as he calls it -- a child of Indian-American Muslim immigrants who's neither fully Indian nor fully American -- you pick and choose which parts of the two cultures to make part of your life.

"That's the sort of biryani sifting that I do when I create my third-culture kid identity," Hasan explains.

Listen in to the full episode to hear Hasan's take on how performing stand-up comedy is like eating, and get Hasan's tips for mastering the art of eating with your hands:

"Think of it like an alien attack movie. [Your bread] comes over [the food] and then just comes down and claws it up."

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Interstitial music in this episode from Black Label Music:

- "Hound Dog" by Jason Mickelson

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