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Hasan Minhaj Defends Fabricating Jokes About Daughter's Exposure to Anthrax & More in Stand-Up Routines

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Hasan Minhaj admitted to stretching “the factual truth” of his real-life experiences while telling jokes during stand-up routines.

The 37-year-old comedian has relayed stories about his daughter being hospitalized after possibly being exposed to anthrax. He also recalled an experience where an FBI informant started attending his family’s mosque.

In the story, Hasan made a joke to the informant and had the police called on him. Both stories had false elements, which he said was alright because he was telling an “emotional truth” in his retellings.

He revealed the truths about those stories and explained his comedy style in an interview. Read more about what Hasan Minhaj had to say… “Every story in my style is built around a seed of truth,” Hasan told The New Yorker. “My comedy Arnold Palmer is seventy per cent emotional truth — this happened — and then thirty per cent hyperbole, exaggeration, fiction.” In his blend, he says “the factual truth is secondary.” What was the truth about these stories?

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