Whoopi Goldberg Defends Hasan Minhaj for Exaggerating Stand-Up Stories

Whoopi Goldberg and Hasan Minhaj
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Whoopi Goldberg stood up for comic Hasan Minhaj after he admitted to exaggerating his stand-up tales.

“That’s what we do,” Goldberg, 67, defined on a Monday, September 18 episode of The View. “That’s what we do, inform tales and we embellish them. In case you’re gonna maintain a comic book to the purpose the place you’re gonna check out tales, it’s a must to perceive, a whole lot of it’s not the precise factor that occurred as a result of why would we inform precisely what occurred? It ain’t that attention-grabbing.”

Goldberg elaborated: “There’s data that we will provide you with as comics that may have grains of reality, however don’t take it to the financial institution,” she joked. “That’s our job, a seed of reality. Generally reality and generally complete BS.”

Minhaj, 37, confessed final week that the tales he tells in his routine should not at all times rooted in actuality.

“Each story in my model is constructed round a seed of reality,” he mentioned in an interview with The New Yorker that was printed on Friday, September 15, and instantly went viral. “My comedy Arnold Palmer is 70% emotional reality — this occurred — after which 30% hyperbole, exaggeration, fiction.”

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The comic additionally added that the tales he tells in his jokes are primarily based on an “emotional reality” even when they didn’t occur to him within the first place. “The punchline is definitely worth the fictionalized premise,” he justified.

The Netflix character additionally clarified that he doesn’t assume he’s “manipulating” the viewers. “I believe they’re coming for the emotional rollercoaster experience,” Minhaj mentioned. “To the folks which are, like, ‘Yo, that’s manner too loopy to occur,’ I don’t care as a result of sure, f—ok sure — that’s the purpose.”

A number of of Minhaj’s hottest fabricated bits got here from his 2022 Netflix particular, The King’s Jester. In the course of the present, Minhaj recalled receiving an envelope with white powder at his residence and mentioned the powder by chance spilled onto his daughter, who needed to be rushed to the hospital. Nevertheless, he advised The New Yorker, his daughter had by no means been uncovered to the white powder, nor did she need to be hospitalized.

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In one other story, Minhaj shared that he had a crush on a white woman in highschool who rescinded her invitation to promenade on the final minute. He claimed that he was rejected as a result of her household didn’t need her to be seen with a “brown boy.” (The woman, nevertheless, advised the outlet that she had turned down Minhaj — an in depth buddy — days earlier than the dance, and claimed that she had been doxxed and harassed on-line after together with her in his routine.)

“All my stand-up tales are primarily based on occasions that occurred to me,” Minhaj mentioned in a press release to Selection on the time. “Sure, I used to be rejected from going to promenade due to my race. Sure, a letter with powder was despatched to my house that just about harmed my daughter. … I take advantage of the instruments of stand-up comedy — hyperbole, altering names and places, and compressing timelines to inform entertaining tales. That’s inherent to the artwork kind. You wouldn’t go to a haunted home and say, ‘Why are these folks mendacity to me?’ The purpose is the experience. Stand-up is identical.”