Hasan Manhaj’s Patriot Act returns to Netflix in February
Staff Reporter | On 10, Jan 2018Reading time: 3 mins
Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act will return for Part 2 this February.
The topical Netflix series, which first premiered last year, has impressed with its unique approach to topical satire, skipping weekly headlines to tackle a wide range of subjects, from immigration enforcement and Amazon to oil production and content moderation and free speech.
The first Indian-American host of a weekly comedy talk show, Minhaj is no stranger to Netflix, with his one-hour stand-up special Homecoming King enjoying a positive response on the streaming service. After hosting the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner and working on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in November 2014, he then joined Netflix’s fledgling line-up of talk shows, which has included Joel McHale, Michelle Wolf and Chelsea Handler. With little success at trying to replicate the popularity of traditional TV’s late night circuit, Minhaj’s Patriot Act has fared better than most of Netflix’s efforts, with an order of 32 episodes giving it the chance to find its voice.
That voice, though, was silenced to some degree this month, when Netflix pulled an episode following a legal complaint from Saudi Arabia, which had issues with an instalment that questioned Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and addressed the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Nonetheless, Netflix remains committed to the show, with a wave of new episodes arriving on Sunday 10th February and then debuting weekly.
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.
Netflix orders new talk show from Hasan Minhaj
2nd March 2018
The late night talk show scene is getting a welcome dose of diversity, as Netflix commissions a new weekly series from Hasan Minhaj.
Netflix has committed to a 32 episode order, making Minhaj the first Indian-American host of a weekly comedy talk show.
Minhaj’s series will explore the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity. Each week, Minhaj will bring his unique comedic voice and storytelling skill to investigate the larger trends shaping our fragmented world.
Hasan Minhaj says: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Netflix family as the country braces for another election season. And like you, I cannot wait to find out who Putin picks this time.”
Bela Bajaria, Vice President of Content for Netflix, adds: “I’ve been a big fan of Hasan’s for many years. He’s a phenomenal writer with a distinct point of view. He is a brilliant performer, who is hilarious both on stage and off, and more importantly he isn’t afraid to share his thoughtful voice and unique perspective. We are so excited to bring his new talk series to Netflix members around the world.”
The order follows rave reviews for the comic’s one-hour Netflix comedy special last year, Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, and for his performance hosting the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he was Jon’s last hire, in November 2014 as a correspondent and continued on in that role after Trevor Noah took over as host the following year. He will remain with The Daily Show through the end of July, before beginning work on this new project.