Hasan Minhaj’s ‘Homecoming King’ tackles racism, bullying and the effects of 9/11 on desis one joke at a time

Published: May 30, 2017

The main reason why I really enjoyed the show was that it wasn’t full of the typical desi style humour or simply about talking in a different accent.

Hasan Minhaj is a writer, comedian and actor, but he is mainly known for his political satire.

He is a senior correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and recently hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD) for which he got much applause since it was a hard gig to pull off without the presence of President Donald Trump himself.

Homecoming King is his first stand-up special aired on Netflix, in which he mainly talks about what it is like to be an immigrant in America. The show is the story of his life, lit with photos and seasoned with Urdu/Hindi phrases which make it all the more entertaining.

From the pressure of immigrant parents to being bullied at school, to the aftermath of 9/11 and so forth, this is one comedy that is totally relatable to anyone belonging to the South Asian belt. I understand that it might not seem funny to people who don’t share the same cultural background but it will be interesting and educational for them nonetheless.

The main reason why I really enjoyed the show was that it wasn’t full of the typical desi style humour or simply about talking in a different accent. Minhaj covers harsh topics like racism, bullying, and the effects of 9/11 on immigrants in a light tone.

The stories are simple and, to be honest, not something unheard of. What really sets Minhaj apart is his impeccable timing, dialogue delivery and the way he keeps the audience smiling by either squeezing in a joke here and there or by showing photos which make it personal. Yes, there are times when the show falls flat but overall, Minhaj has done a good job with his first time comedy special.

Head over to Netflix to watch the special.

Faika Khan

Faika Khan

The writer blogs at www.insearchofsukoon.com/. She tweets @itsmefaika

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  • Rahul

    Most of the Muslims in American media are Indian Muslims, Hasan Minaj, Aziz Ansari, Fareed Zakaria, Asif Mandvi etc. all trace their origin to India. There are 54 Muslim majority nations in the world and none produce anybody of that caliber.Recommend

  • salman

    I think you are underselling it :)
    It’s one of the best standup shows I’ve ever seen. Not only is it very very funny but its very moving at times. Rather then being a series of jokes, its one long story about growing up as a desi in the USA.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav

    Just “immigrant” ??? Nope. Indian immigrant.Recommend