Where to start? Hasan Minhaj jumped on my radar after the White House Correspondent’s Dinner this year. I didn’t watch live—CSPAN is a joke—but I caught his performance here afterwards. Minhaj was the perfect person to perform this year, as he is a first generation Indian-American Muslim. Talk about ironic. I then found his special on Netflix
called Homecoming King. Usually, with stand-up specials on Netflix, I start them while I’m driving (I’m listening! Not watching!) and immediately change it to a podcast or something else within a few minutes. I wouldn’t say I’m picky when it comes to comedy, I just know what works for me and what doesn’t. It’s all about delivery. Fortunately for my viewing experience, I wasn’t driving this time when I picked Hasan’s special. I had a good feeling about it anyways, due to his WHCD bit, so I gave it my full attention. After the first ten minutes, I was in love. Hasan’s animation when he talks and moves around, the utilization of the screens behind him, the choreographed camera angles. It became evident that it was more than just a stand-up comedy routine. It was a story. That’s what got me to stay for Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King. I put myself in a POC’s shoes, whose parents immigrated here from India, and got to really see what it is like for immigrants and their children. On top of that, he touches base on his marriage to a Hindu woman (for those unaware, like I was until recently, Hindus and Muslims don’t particularly like each other), what dating/falling in love is like in a Muslim household, and his comedic journey to where he is now. If you’re bored or just in the mood to watch something great, I highly recommend his special. (His interview with The Breakfast Club is also fantastic; he talks about racism and post-9/11 for Muslims.) If you’ve watched it, let me know your thoughts and feelings on his special.