Hello, people. Thank you, thank you, no, you can stop clapping. I’m only writing the most influential television column probably ever. Anyway, today’s TV column is technically not about TV: I’m gonna talk about two Netflix shows. One is still in process, and the other came out a few months ago, but they’re both very good.
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj:
This show started coming out last week, and I am very much here for it. Daily Show alum Hasan Minhaj dives deep into specific issues that are not getting as much mainstream attention from other sources. Minhaj describes it best himself in the second episode of the show when he calls it a “woke TED Talk.” That’s the perfect way to describe his style. Minhaj stands in front of a giant video screen on a stage shaped like Superman’s chest symbol and delivers a snappy, well researched monologue to a live audience and the viewers at home. The most immediate concern with a show like this is that it can easily draw comparisons to HBO’s Last Week Tonight, another product of a Daily Show graduate. However, at least so far, Minhaj has done a good job of distinguishing himself. His format being so different from the standard talk show format helps give the show a unique feel. Additionally, he is a breath of fresh air in the late night landscape that is oversaturated with white guys. I was a big fan of his special Homecoming King, and I’m excited to see where he goes from here based on these first few episodes.
The Comedy Lineup:
This isn’t really a TV show, but it’s streaming content, and it’s thoroughly enjoyable if you have some time to kill and want to laugh. It is sixteen quarter hour comedy sets from a diverse range of comics on a number of subjects. The short format means that it can either be spread out easily or consumed all at once, as I did. It has highs and lows, obviously. Not every stand up routine is created equal, but even my least favorite episodes were still hilarious. My favorite comics were Ian Karmel, Taylor Tomlinson, Sam Jay, Tim Dillon, and Aisling Bea. This is no great revelation, but Netflix is an awesome place if your looking for stand up comedy.
Sorry for a bit of a short one this week, but there’s this thing called college apps which I suppose I had to deal with, so I didn’t do much binging. If you’ve got any recommendations or particularly nasty insults you want to share, send them into firstname.lastname@example.org. You may even get featured in this blog and wouldn’t that be exciting?