Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj on Netflix will make history when Minhaj becomes the first Indian-American host of a weekly comedy series. Ever. The series premiere is on Sunday, October 28 with new episodes available every week. The 33-year-old stand-up told Time.com that “he hopes to tackle large social issues like immigration around the world, the rise of conservatism in different countries, sports as a vehicle for political debate, and climate changes.”
The topical show is committed for 32 episodes–a surprisingly large order for Netflix. The streaming giant has toyed with original talk shows over the years. Their experiments have not lasted terribly long. The Break with Michelle Wolf got 10 episodes and an ax. Norm Macdonald Has a Show is starting out with 10 shows. The Joel McHale Show lasted 19 episodes before getting canceled. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman continues to make headlines but started with just six monthly episodes for its first season. Only Chelsea Handler’s eponymous talk show went the distance with 120 episodes, but even that was canceled in 2017.
Minhaj, a Daily Show correspondent from 2014 until this past August, is no stranger to exploring uncharted territory through his work. As a first-generation American, Minhaj’s comedy combines relatable, at times poignant, storytelling with the satirization of issues like racism, politics, and religion in America.
2017 marked a serious breakout year for the comedian. In 2017, Minhaj made a memorable appearance hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, roasting everything from “fake news” and Vladimir Putin, to the media elite and POTUS himself (President Trump opted to skip the annual event). Not long after, Minhaj’s comedy quartet, Goatface, was featured in a Comedy Central hour-long sketch show, and he made his Netflix debut in a May stand-up special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, which earned him stellar reviews and a Peabody Award.
Here’s a sneak peek of Patriot Act shared on the show’s Instagram account.