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Peabody Award Winning Comedian, Writer, And Host Hasan Minhaj Brings New Show: Before The Storm To The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus For Two Performances September 23, 2018

Posted on July 30, 2018

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Second show added due to high demand!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, July 30, 2018) – The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Live Nation, welcomes back popular comedian and host of the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner Hasan Minhaj, to the Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theater on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Hasan Minhaj: Before The Storm is the follow up to the sold-out national tour of his one man show Homecoming King.  This brand new show tackles the dizzying political climate with innovative media, incisive comedy, and his signature storytelling style. 


“It is an honor to welcome the return of such a funny and smart individual,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Our Campus is a catalyst for conversation and Hasan Minhaj’s comedy is full of wit and humor as he explores our political landscape. We are thrilled that he continues to bring his talents to the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus for Philadelphia audiences to enjoy.”

This fall Minhaj will become the first Indian-American to host his own weekly comedy show for Netflix that has been picked up for an unprecedented 32-episode order.  Each week on the series, he will bring his unique comedic voice to investigate the larger trends shaping our fragmented world.  He will remain a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah through the summer.  He joined the show in November 2014 as former host, Jon Stewart’s last hire. Earlier this year, Minhaj won a 2018 Peabody Award for his critically acclaimed comedy special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King that is available to stream on Netflix.  In 2017, he had the prestigious honor of hosting the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C. 

Minhaj has also appeared in a number of television shows including Arrested Development, Getting On, and @midnight with Chris Hardwick on Comedy Central. He has also been in major films such as The SpyWho Dumped Me alongside Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, and Justin Theroux, as well as Rough Night and Most Likely To Murder.


No cellphones, cameras, or recording devices will be allowed at this show. Upon arrival, all phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr pouches that will be unlocked at the end of the show. Guests maintain possession of their phones throughout the night, and if needed, may access their phones at designated Yondr unlocking stations in the lobby. All guests are encouraged to print their tickets in advance to ensure a smooth entry process.


Other featured upcoming performances on the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus include: Kathy Griffin: Laugh Your Head Off World Tour(October 6, 2018, Merriam Theater), #IMOMSOHARD – Mom’s Night Out: Round 2! (October 17, 2018, Merriam Theater), AC2: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen (November 3, 2018, Academy of Music), and Tom Segura (November 16-17, 2018, Merriam Theater).



Merriam Theater

September 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.



Tickets are on sale now and start at $29.50. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883. See for more information.


The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2018-2019 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit


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