I’ve been following Hasan Minhaj’s career for a long time and I am so thrilled he is collaborating with Netflix on this show, innovative and fresh talk show. And it’s GOOD. Like, actually good.
Before going in with my thoughts about the show, I’d like to highlight some of Hasan’s career milestones:
And then… his Netflix Stand up Comedy Special, Homecoming King.
You guys… I love Hasan. Ok? I was so thrilled when it was aannounced that he was getting a political comedy talk show on Netflix. They have not been able to produce one that is actually popular and successful, from Cheldea Handler to David Letterman. Even the hilarious and blunt Michelle Wolf couldn’t hack it.
But Hasan did. The first Muslim talk show host, the first brown comedian with a Late Night program of his own.
Most American broadcasting network have been battling against each other, producing late night talk show after late night talk show.
The last thing I want to do is draw comparisons and diminish Hasan’s innovative style. I am saying this just so that people can better comprehend what the show is about. It’s like a more dynamic, upbeat and fast-paced and very millennial “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” on HBO.
Hasan stands in front of gigantic screens that show data, videos and further information regarding the topic. And he came out swinging: he talked about Saudi Arabia, Oil, Amazon and more. His piece on Saudi Arabia has already forced the US Military to apologise for using racist remarks in a governement document.
He is very easy to listen to, he is extremely compelling and charming. You cannot take your eyes off of him. On the other hand, I found some parts difficult to follow. At times there might have been too much information crammed into a couple of minutes and I’ve had to google so much stuff. But that is because I lack previous knowledge on the topic.
Netflix has ordered 32 episodes and I cannot wait to see them all. I am so glad Hasan is having his voice heard.
His jokes are funny and most of all… SMART.
I appreciate his humor and his intelligence and I think his point of view is a much needed representation on the brown, immigrant and most of all YOUNG AMERICAN generation.
Oh, and the theme song is PERFECT. It’s been stuck in my head for a month.
Do yourself a favour and watch Patriot Act. You won’t regret it. I hope you like my review and let me know your thoughts on it!