Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj Is Not The Same With Quarantine
Without a studio audience and lighting, the jokes fell flat. But, that maybe the right thing.
We were all very excited to have the Patriot Act by Hasan Minhaj back on Netflix. Hasan Minhaj’s presence along is so energetic that it encapsulates you. However, once we saw his latest episode, it feels like something is missing. And I’m afraid it has to do with quarantine. It seems like COVID-19 and quarantine has infected one of our favorite comedy web television talk show.
Patriot Act didn’t have the same energy anymore
Let’s face it, we all loved seeing Hasan Minhaj on stage. It felt like watching him was like watching a real stand-up comedian. Getting the crowd behind himself was a piece of cake for him. However, it’s not like he has a unique way of telling us about severe issues. He just felt like one of us, you get me right? Patriot Act felt like an effortless show to watch. This is especially true for the desi diaspore living in foreign countries, who felt relatable to him.
However, this time something looked different. Patriot Act didn’t felt energetic at all. The latest episode named “What happens if you can’t pay rent?” was unlike the other ones. There wasn’t any studio audience, a lot of screen changes, no studio or stage itself, and no interactive screens behind hi. But, that’s the most that the producers of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” can do at a time of social distancing at quarantine. They have to shoot the episodes remotely to keep the cast and crew safe.
But, does it mean that these are the only reasons we watch Hasan Minhaj? What about the jokes and the political commentary that made Patriot Act special?
The episode was informative but rushed
The thing is, the excellent research and the pop culture references were still there. But, usually, we saw Hasan Minhaj address the audience with a lot of charisma. Each joke and fact received the privilege of being absorbed by the audience and reacted upon, which gave us the idea of their gravity.
However, that was a luxury for this episode of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj“. The jokes and facts were rushed, with quick transitions from one fact to another and no reaction on the jokes. This couldn’t allow Hasan Minhaj to truly help his audience grasp the situation. That was rarely the case with previous episodes, where the jokes and the information, despite being crammed, was communicated quite comprehensively.
But the issues discussed in the show, of the rent problem in America, is a very sober one. Credit where it’s due, Hasan Minhaj delivered the facts exceptionally well. He was calm, composed, and comprehensive, and that might be more important for the situation than making it more comical.
Therefore, despite this slight hiccup, it is safe to say that “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” still holds up well. It’s nowhere near as energetic or enjoyable as the previous ones, but maybe the occasion called for it. Moreover, we can give Netflix the benefit of the doubt here. It’s not easy to shoot remote episodes of a comedy act. And I firmly believe that Hasan Minhaj and the producers of Patriot Act will make sure the episodes get better over time, while keeping everyone safe.