Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, political commentator, and television host. Born and raised in Davis, CA, Minhaj went to UC Davis where he studied political science and took an interest in comedy. From 2014-2018, Minhaj shined in what could be considered the perfect role for him as a correspondent for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, where he was able to blend his love for comedy with his affinity for political commentary. In 2017, Minhaj earned high praises for his performance hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and for his Netflix comedy special “Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King”, which earned him a 2018 Peabody Award. In late 2018, Minhaj created and began to host Netflix’s weekly comedy show “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” which explored the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity through his unique comedic voice. The show received a 2019 Peabody Award, a 2019 Primetime Emmy Award, and was recognized for a 2020 Television Academy Honor. Additionally in 2019, Minhaj was included in TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
22-year-old Nicole Zefanya, better known as NIKI, has slammed the door on the conventions of pop stardom and created an entirely new lane—writing, recording, and producing her music on her own. Born and raised in Jakarta before finding a musical home in Los Angeles, NIKI has captured the attention of audiences around the globe, earning praise from Billboard as “one of the brightest rising stars”, and nabbing a spot as one of Complex’s ‘Best New Artists’ in 2018. Earning wide critical acclaim through her breakthrough EP, ‘Zephyr’, her work with the artist collective 88rising, and her debut album, ‘MOONCHILD’, NIKI has cultivated fans around the globe with her expressive voice, deeply personal songwriting, and genre-blurring artistry. With nearly five million monthly Spotify listeners and over one billion streams to date, NIKI is both a vibrant symbol of and an advocate for a generation of Asian musical artists.
Extravaganza is an annual free campus music festival held at the University of California, Santa Barbara that began in 1979 and has been held every year since 1989, with the exception of 2020 due to Covid-19. The event is planned, promoted, and run by the Associated Students Program Board, part of the Associated Students of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and takes place towards the end of Spring quarter.
Extravaganza is held in Harder Stadium and draws thousands of students every year. This year, Extravaganza will take place virtually over two days, May 15 and 16. The festival is only open to UCSB students.