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The Daily Show said goodbye to correspondent Hasan Minhaj on Thursday.
“Today is a bittersweet day for us here at The Daily Show,” began host Trevor Noah. “Because today is the last day we get to see Hasan Minhaj. Yeah, apparently the Muslim ban is far reaching. Way more far reaching than we realized, so he’s gotta leave and never come back.”
Noah then introduced Minhaj for a final time, who received a standing ovation from the crowd. “You know Trev, I’m really gonna miss this place,” he said. “The friends, the laughs, the security guard who inspects your mouth with his bare fingers.”
Minhaj is leaving The Daily Show to front Patriot Act on Netflix. The former correspondent is the first Indian American to star on a weekly comedy show. Netflix described Minhaj’s new venture as an opportunity for the comedian to explore the modern and political landscape in an in-depth and thought-provoking way. The streaming giant has already committed to making 32 episodes of the show. Patriot Act will debut Oct. 28.
Noah asked Minhaj how he plans to spend his time before filming his new show. “Well my plan was to go see a bunch of movies starring Daily Show people,” he said while explaining that Ronny Chieng appears in Crazy Rich Asians and Minhaj himself appears in The Spy Who Dumped Me. He also listed Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again as a movie he planned on seeing. “I know what you’re probably thinking. ‘Wait, Meryl Streep isn’t on The Daily Show.’ But the truth is she’s been playing Roy Wood Jr. this entire time.”
“But now my summer plans are ruined Trevor and I’ll tell you why. MoviePass is burning to the ground,” he said. Clips of news coverage explained that the company has lost $20 million and now only allows users to see three movies a month as opposed to one a day. “Only three movies a month? This is horrible. Thanks to MoviePass I was paying $10 a month for $500 worth of movie tickets. I was going every single afternoon.”
“Wait, like in the middle of the work day?” asked Noah. “Yeah. What did you think I was doing when I said I had all those doctor appointments?” When Noah responded that he thought Minhaj was actually going to doctor appointments, the correspondent replied, “Yeah, Doctor Strange. I’ve seen it 12 times.”
“Trevor, as a child of immigrants, movies have always been my way to connect to American culture. And more importantly, Indians love bargains,” he said.
Noah pointed out that the concept of MoviePass has no potential profit. “Dude, what are you talking about? We’re millennials, man. It’s all about subscription culture,” Minhaj said. “You pay a small fee and in exchange you get everything. Unlimited streaming from Netflix and Spotify, unlimited shipping from Amazon Prime, unlimited STDs from Tinder. It’s how we live life.”
“The only way MoviePass would’ve worked is if everyone subscribed, right? Then the people who don’t use it as much would have subsidized the people who use it all the time,” said Noah. “This is actually why Obamacare struggled because young people didn’t want to sign up and then only older sick people were using the service.”
Minhaj then had an epiphany. “We need to combine MoviePass and Obamacare,” he said. “So young people get movies. Old sick people get health care. We’ll call it MovieCare. Or ObamaPass.”
“Just picture it. You’re in the movie theater, right? You’re watching, let’s just say, The Spy Who Dumped Me, starring Hasan Minhaj. You’re getting your popcorn on. You’re getting your soda on and now, thanks to MoviePass, you’re also getting a colonoscopy,” he said. “You’re welcome, Obama.”
Watch Minhaj’s final segment above.
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