The Truthiness Problem in Comedy: Hasan Minhaj’s Perspective

In October 2005, Stephen Colbert introduced truthiness. On The Colbert Report, Colbert expressed dissatisfaction with a news approach based on facts and credible sources. Truthiness was about feeling rather than hard evidence. This concept was associated with right-wing politics and journalism. In early 2022, he released a fictional Spotify playlist for vaccine misinformation, criticizing popular podcaster Joe Rogan. Hasan Minhaj, another comedian, is also political and has been criticized for stirring up controversy. An evaluation by Clare Malone contradicted many of the events described in his Netflix specials. Some of the significant inaccuracies included who rejected his prom invitation and a story involving laughable white powder. Minhaj defended their inaccuracy by saying they were largely emotionally true.