December 7, 2022

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Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Jester Review 2022 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew

Hasan Minhaj: The King's Jester

Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Jester Review 2022 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew

The pithy Netflix description of his new special says to expect jokes on fertility, fatherhood and freedom of speech.

Sporting an all-khaki ensemble against a massive screen that changes colors and displays graphics, photos and video clips, Minhaj gets personal, sharing stories about the complications he endured trying to start a family with his wife, then trying to resettle with them in Greenwich, Conn., before going back in time to relive a teenage encounter with a white man at the family mosque who may or may not have been an undercover FBI agent. Minhaj also shares the backstories on experiences that shaped multiple episodes of Patriot Act, including a teenage encounter with an undercover FBI agent in the wake of 9/11, a misguided attempt to interview the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, calling out Jared Kushner at a Time100 banquet, and a desire to turn the tables on one of the other fathers at his daughter’s school.

Minhaj has always been more of an engaging storyteller than a joke craftsman. In this special, he remains in full control of the audience, masterfully pulling “awwwws” and applause breaks out of them with the greatest of ease.

Whether his DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) is really someone he knew growing up in Sacramento or not is beside the point. The audience hangs on his every word and pause, and roars their approval when Minhaj declares his wife was pregnant for the first time, even though that event happened several years ago. What’s perhaps more insightful is finding out what makes Minhaj tick.

He’s not only willing to make fun of his style, saying “I do PowerPoint comedy,” and comparing his stage setup to “an LED skate park.” He’s also willing to pull back the curtain on why he named his show Patriot Act (hint: “A middle finger to Brother Eric”) and how his humor is still based on “being a smartass” regardless of whether it saved his life at 16 or imperils it at 36. He’s not afraid to admit that part of calling out dictators and unethical business executives is also about clout-chasing, how the likes, comments and shares online become addictive like “social media meth.”

But he’s also shrewd enough to recognize that dictators are paying attention to their publicly perceived and social-media reputations just as much as Will Smith, the angry Indian man Minhaj encounters at an event, or Minhaj himself.

And he loves his wife and daughter so much that when his jokes do cross the line to the point where his family feels threatened, he’ll take a step back. He doesn’t say as much, but perhaps that had as much to do with Patriot Act ending in 2020 as much as the pandemic did.

Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Jester Review 2022 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew