Review of Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King (2017)

Moving picture, 73 minutes

Seen in 2021.

The story of Minhaj’s life from birth to getting hired at The Daily Show (1996), focusing on a racist incident preceding his high-school prom.

Very much a biographical narrative instead of a series of bits, but clearly stylized. The most dramatic sections are closely framed, looking into the camera. The main source of comedy is in short riffs and the sensitive use of single-phrase cultural references, often to commercial brands.

References here: Patriot Act (2018).

moving picture non-fiction stand-up comedy