“Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj”: Humorous talk show

Hasan Minhaj goes through the Saudi Arabia's Cybercrime law in the episode "Saudi Arabia." Photocredit: Stephania Flores

By Stephania Flores ’20

Patriot Act has a hilarious host, a live studio audience, and a satirical take on cultural and political issues around the world. Patriot Act is a Netflix original show that has new episodes every Sunday and is hosted by Hasan Minhaj. The show discusses issues going around the world, including in America.

Hasan Minhaj is an American comedian from Indian descent. Before his show on Netflix, Minhaj used to be part of The Daily Show, which is also a comedic show that pokes fun of Global news. Personally, I think that Minhaj is a really fun host in the Patriot act because he makes fun of particular issues by relating it to him and his culture. Also, his views mainly relate back to what other people in the media think.

The show has a live studio audience, which makes the show a little funnier. I say this because Minhaj reacts and shares the same emotions that the audience expresses. Also, I think the audience just makes Minhaj’s jokes funnier since he adds more to them based on his audience’s reaction.

The show does not only talk about issues in America but also includes issues that are happening around the world. Recently, the show released an episode about the censorship in China, and how the Chinese government has been blinding their citizens are all this time about global issues. But that is slightly changing due to activist raising their voices, who are risking their lives just to opened other people’s eyes in how corrupt the government is.

The show also talks about some of the United States’s issues such as the increase of drug pricing, students loans, and any other thing that is mess up thing in the United States. I think the episodes discuss issues that are not mainly discussed in the news or media.

The show has gotten into some controversial problems in Saudi Arabia after making one of the leaders look bad and it ended up getting removed from Netflix in Saudi Arabia; however, this shows how their the government around the world, including the U.S., has so many hidden issues that are not resolved or issue to the public. This show shows awareness of these hidden topics.

  • Release Date: Every Sunday
  • Available: Netflix
  • Episode length: Around 30 minutes
  • 2 Volumes/ Seasons