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Hasan Minhaj on surviving high school humiliation

Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj shares a powerful personal story in his one-man show about bigotry and bullying.
Hasan Minhaj poses for a portrait in promotion of his upcoming role in the off-Broadway show, "Homecoming King" in New York. (Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

Hasan Minhaj still remembers the night his friend ditched him on prom night, accepting a corsage from another date as he stood on the sidelines in disbelief. That "doorstep moment" is now the crux of his one-man show, Homecoming King, which meditates on the joys and humiliations that shape us. 

The comedian and actor ​— best known as a correspondent with The Daily Show and a Moth podcast storyteller — joins guest host Gill Deacon to discuss his adult reflections on the bigotry and bullying he experienced in his youth.

Minhaj works through to the universals in his personal narrative; like when he said, as a young boy, that he wanted to grow up to be white.

He now understands what he meant to say: "I want to be accepted." 

WEB EXTRA | Minhaj was asked to give a commencement speech at the school in which he experienced bullying. See what he said below. 

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