Kal Penn has a message for millennials and Gen Z

His new comedy show encourages young adults to tackle the issues affecting their lives with the most powerful weapon they possess: their vote.
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You know our next guest from his hit roles in "Designated survivor,," "House," and he's now the host of the brand-new show "Kal Penn approves this message." Take a look. I have this new show right now where I'm trying to talk about issues but not in a boring way sort of a cool conversation way, this is an advice column. Any advice for me? You need to be younger. Okay, just act younger. No, like be younger, physically, like, younger. Okay. Sure. And here's the young man himself, kal Penn joins us now. Kal, good to see you as always, my man, but how are you going to pull this off? Are you the guy now that -- you can't be younger, are you the guy to take young people through this election? I think I'm the facilitator, the idea behind the show -- we all like to laugh, comedy is my background. We like the Daily Show and things like that, but I also like things that are inspirational, like CBS Sunday morning, how do you put them both together and offer a tool kit for young voters on issues that matter to them? Without pandering and without being divisive. That's our show. So it's national voter registration day today. It's climate week here in new York. That's a topic that you're also covering on your show, what kind of response are you getting from those younger listeners and viewers on what they want things to be, how they want the see things talked about and covered? Yeah, climate change is a great example of one of the many things that young audiences and young people are just taking action on and not waiting around for older politicians to do, or not do certain things, obviously the U.S. Pulled out the Paris agreement. Hopefully we'll put that back in. That transcends party affiliation, a young person on the left or the right you generally in agreement that we need to do something to tackle climate change. We're talking to the young Progressives but we're talking about young evangelical Christians, which they approach climate from faith. We're learning how they can advocate for that change together. We've heard so much from especially young people saying it's important to see people who look like them in positions of leadership and power, and speaking to that, obviously kamala Harris being the first woman of Indian descent, what did mean to you? It's funny you're pulling up this video of her and Mindy kaling. When I first saw that video, we all have a lot of cynicism about politics. Before clicking on that video, I kind of thought, oh, it's another campaign video, but wait a second, I love Mindy, she's amazing. When I lived in California, senator Harris was my senator. It wasn't a campaign video, it was an amazing video of them just talking about cooking, the way our grandparents would, you don't grow up -- when you don't grow up seeing yourself in people in media and politics, that matters a lot, the opportunities that my nieces and nephews to see ourselves on screen it makes a difference in reinforcing where we are. Kal, good luck with the show. The timing is absolutely perfect. We hope to see you again down the road here. Again, it's "Kal Penn approves this message" premieres tonight on freeform. Good to see you. You, too. Thank you. We turn now to Dr. Jen

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