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  • [case rattling]

  • [equipment rattling]

  • - Are you allergic to medical tape?

  • - Am I allergic to medical tape?

  • No, I'm perfectly fine with medical tape.

  • - Okay.

  • - Thank you.

  • - Yeah, yeah. - Have you ever mic'd someone?

  • - Yeah.

  • - Is Chris Hemsworth allergic to medical tape?

  • [dramatic music]

  • [loud beep]

  • - [Cameraman] Hasan Minhaj Answers Increasingly

  • Personal Questions as the Camera Gets Closer to His Face.

  • [clapboard shuts]

  • - That's the full, you need the full title?

  • [film beeping]

  • Where am I looking?

  • - [Cameraman] Right in camera.

  • - Oh, directly into camera, okay.

  • [film beeping]

  • - [Cameraman] Work.

  • [board clapping]

  • - [Max] How's work?

  • - Work's good.

  • It's stressful, but it's meaningful and challenging

  • and that's what matters.

  • - [Max] Where do you live?

  • - I live in Hell's Kitchen, New York.

  • - [Max] Why don't you live in L.A.?

  • - I hate L.A.

  • I truly hate L.A. with a passion.

  • I love New York because it's the one city

  • where it's not defined by one monolithic industry

  • so us all being on top of each other is really beautiful

  • and it's a city that rewards people

  • that put everything they can into their respective art form.

  • - [Max] Do people ever confuse you

  • for another celebrity?

  • - Yeah, whoever's poppin' at the time and has melanin,

  • I've been confused for them,

  • so there was a hot minute where I was Dev Patel.

  • There's another minute where I was Riz Ahmed, so, yeah.

  • - [Max] What was your most memorable debate

  • from high school debate club?

  • - I was put into a debate where we had to argue segregation,

  • and I was very lucky that I had to argue against segregation

  • because that was video recorded and it's out there somewhere

  • so I'm glad that I had the right position at 15.

  • - [Max] How do you balance career and family?

  • - I don't, I don't know if it's my place to say

  • to be quite honest.

  • I'm doing the best I can, but the most challenging thing

  • about having a career in, where you're a public figure

  • and having a family is that you make all these decisions

  • and you do these things that are out in the world

  • that other people get to talk about,

  • tear apart, nitpick, like, not like,

  • and the ramifications are that your family

  • has to live with that.

  • For better, for worse, they don't get a voice

  • or a vote on those things, and that's something that

  • I think about a lot and it's challenging.

  • - [Max] Have you ever made a mistake

  • in your career that you regret?

  • - You know, when I was starting out,

  • there was a lot of things that I was doing in my career

  • where I was hedging.

  • I was hedging my expectations of

  • what I could accomplish in show business.

  • I was hedging the expectations of what I demanded of others.

  • One of the first pilot seasons I went out for,

  • there was this scene where I walked into the room

  • and I'm suppose to slate for the camera

  • and they go, just say your name to the camera

  • and then we'll slate, and I remember I walked in

  • and they go, say your name,

  • and I go, oh, I'm Hasan Minhaj,

  • and the guy's like, HAS-IN?

  • And I'm like, no no, it's HOSS-IN Minhaj,

  • and he goes, it's fine, it doesn't matter,

  • and I was like, yeah it doesn't,

  • and I like, kinda believed him.

  • So, I regret moments like that,

  • like taking those little jabs, those little asides,

  • where I wasn't defining what I was doing

  • and who I was on my own terms,

  • 'cause my name does matter and who I am does matter.

  • Even if the audition doesn't mean anything, this matters,

  • like who I am as a person and the art that I'm creating,

  • it matters, so I should have just

  • kept it going until he got it right.

  • - [Max] When do you feel most lonely?

  • - I think any time I have to poke a bear

  • that I've been told you probably shouldn't poke this bear.

  • A lot of the people that I've talked about on the show

  • have not been poked before in a real significant way

  • and so, doing the long division of,

  • should I do this, should I not,

  • I'm delving into territory that a lot of times hasn't been

  • gone into just yet, so it's scary, and that can be lonely.

  • - [Max] Beautiful.

  • - Cool.

  • - [Max] Reset.

  • That was great.

  • - Cool.

  • [film beeping]

  • Man, it's getting like, it's getting super emo at the end.

  • Are you doing that on purpose?

  • [film beeping]

  • - [Cameraman] Family.

  • [board clapping]

  • - [Max] How's the family?

  • - Family's great.

  • Beena's great, daughter's beautiful, I'm very blessed.

  • - [Max] You set up a Gmail for your daughter?

  • - Yes, how did you guys know this?

  • - [Max] Has anyone emailed the baby?

  • - Uh, yeah.

  • This is actually very scary that you guys know this.

  • My wife and I emailed our daughter for her first birthday

  • which is about four months ago and we both sent her

  • messages from us just saying how the past year has been,

  • and I signed it Dad, which to me was really special

  • because she's the only person in the world

  • that calls me Dad, which is really beautiful.

  • - [Max] Your parents are in an arranged marriage.

  • Has that affected how you view romance?

  • - For sure.

  • I mean, in Desi culture arranged marriage

  • is just the expectation, but it definitely got me

  • to really believe in the power of loyalty

  • and putting the collective group over individuality.

  • We is more important than me.

  • - [Max] How has fatherhood affected

  • your relationship to your own dad?

  • - Oh, that's a Simba-Mufasa question.

  • Yeah, everything, all the cliches are right.

  • Everything my dad told me was kinda right.

  • I'm, you were right, Dad, yes.

  • I am gonna be very pissed if she doesn't text me.

  • I'm gonna be very mad.

  • - [Max] How do you and your daughter

  • prefer to spend quality time together?

  • - Uh, mornings is our time, so I get up.

  • Well, she gets me up.

  • She wakes up around six, and those first two hours,

  • we just hang out and it's the best.

  • - [Max] You've talked about gaps

  • of cultural understanding between you and your parents.

  • What's a gap you anticipate to have with your own daughter?

  • - Oh, it's gonna be terrifying.

  • She's gonna be like, Dad, I'm gonna join the Matrix.

  • I'm going in.

  • We're gonna be full-on cyborgs.

  • Like, me looking at this camera is,

  • we're all just gonna be one

  • and I'm gonna be like, no, there should be a separation

  • between human beings and technology

  • and she's like, you're such a narc, Dad.

  • Let's fully plug in.

  • It's gonna be a heated debate.

  • - [Max] What do you hope will be different

  • by the time your daughter is 18?

  • - I hope that she can unapologetically be herself

  • and she doesn't have to qualify things about her identity

  • or upbringing or who she is.

  • [film beeping]

  • Max, is it weird that I'm dressed

  • exactly the same as the crew? - [Max] I gotta change that.

  • [laughing]

  • - Then we can swap places.

  • I'm ready to hold the boom mic, is what I'm saying.

  • [film beeping]

  • - [Cameraman] Identity.

  • [board clapping] - [Max] How you been lately?