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Changing the face of news: “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” review

Hasan Minhaj while doing stand-up.

Hasan Minhaj, an Indian-American comedian who served as a correspondent for ” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” now has a new show, “Patriot Act.” The show airs weekly on Netflix, and covers a broad range of cultural and political topics from affirmative action to Amazon’s increasing monopoly and America’s dependence on oil. This project follows Minhaj’s work as the host of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner in 2017, which received mix reviews.

Following his appearance at the Correspondent’s Dinner, I was a little anxious about whether this project would live up to the hype. The build up to the release was filled with advertising campaigns and appearances on late shows, and as a fan, all I wanted was for the show to be good. Fortunately, the show completely exceeded my expectations. Minhaj’s comedic voice makes it much more enjoyable to learn about the serious topics he covers. With it becoming increasingly important to be informed in today’s world, “Patriot Act” is a useful tool to get a quick fill-up of some of the stories out of the spotlight.

Minhaj is the first Indian talk-show host in the U.S., bringing badly-needed diversity to the genre. Out of the long line of “Daily Show” alumnus who have started their own show, Minhaj is both the first child of immigrants and the first of non-caucasian descent. This filters into his comedy, offering perspectives rarely seen. An example of this is when speaking on affirmative action, Hasan reflects on the pressure placed on him to succeed by immigrant parents who gave up a lot to create a new life in the U.S.

The show has already created a large following, with more than 100,000 subscribers on YouTube. With 32 episodes scheduled for the show this year, the support for this show will only grow. Minhaj has tapped into communities that many times cannot relate with comedians on TV. With his show on Netflix, he is also reaching a younger audience that has not been reached by talk-show hosts on cable television.


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