Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King is a 2017 American stand-up comedy film written by and starring Hasan Minhaj . It is his first stand-up special and premiered onNetflix on May 23, 2017. [2] Filmed in his hometown of Davis, California , Homecoming King focuses on Minhaj’s Indian Muslim family New Brown America. ” [3]


Illustrated with old photos and peppered with Hindi and Urdu phrases, Homecoming King features a central theme of the immigrant experience in the United States, based on true stories from Minhaj’s life as the California -born son of Indian Muslim immigrant parents. He Discusses His childhood growing up in mostly white Davis, California , Where he Lived Alone With His dad for eight years while His Mother Was finishing medical school in India. He talks about the pressures of being the child of demanding immigrant parents while experiencing racism, bullying and rejection from the outside world. Stories include his mother returning to California with a younger sister he did not know existed, His heartbreaking senior prom night (when he arrived at her parents’ house to find her parents had found her a white boy to take because of “how it would look”), [4] and disapproval from his parents that he was engaged to a Hindu woman. [2]


Homecoming King was filmed January 27, 2017, at the Mondavi Center at Minhaj’s alma mater, University of California, Davis , in his hometown of Davis . [5] He first performed the one-man show after being selected by the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab in 2014. Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal before his off-Broadway premiere in October 2015 at The Cherry Lane Theater in New York City, where it ran for four weeks. [6] [7] He went on to perform the show in more than 40 cities before shooting the special. [8]

Minhaj thing the title Homecoming King to reflect his status as the high school underdog who never went to football games or dances, while also conveying a message of redemption as an adult. [9]

The art director for the show was Sam Spratt, who created multiple paintings depicting Minhaj’s life in the style of Norman Rockwell for posters and the website. Indian culture. [10] [11] [1] Minhaj also teamed up with Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson for the musical elements of the show. [12]


Homecoming King has received critical praise, in particular for Minhaj’s ability to engage with both humor and sadness. Dennis Perkins of The AV Club graded it annum, writing: “One of Homecoming King ‘ s chief pleasures is how expertly Minhaj crafts thesis stories-his mother’s return, a prom-night revelation, a family trauma, His Daily Show hearing-his Confident, energetic and not so much disguising the craft as relishing in the telling, and in the effect it has on his audience. ” [13] Stav Ziv of Newsweek writes, “In Homecoming King , Minhaj navigates adeptly between humorous and heartfelt, playful and poignant.” [14]

Scott Meslow of GQ wrote, “It’s been ages since I’ve seen a comedy special as I have seen a lot of Hasan Minhaj’s Homecoming King … Homecoming King sheds light on a different, more personal side of Minhaj’s talents, [weaving] A funny, heartbreaking, and intimate narrative built around his most personal experiences. ” [2]

Lea Palmieri of Decider.com is a film about the life and work of a young woman, who is the author of a book on the life of a young woman. As well as a lot of funny stuff, as well as a lot of fun and excitement. Have to offer. ” [15]


  1. ^ Jump up to:b “Hasan Minhaj’s ‘Homecoming King’ is an American Story, Whether You Get the References or Not” . Splitsider . May 23, 2017 . Retrieved May 24, 2017 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:c Meslow, Scott (May 11, 2017). “Hasan Minhaj Still Thinks We’ll Survive Donald Trump” . GQ . Retrieved May 23, 2017 .
  3. Jump up^ Petski, Denise (January 28, 2017). ” ‘ The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj Gets Netflix Comedy Special” . Deadline.com . Retrieved May 23, 2017 .
  4. Jump up^ Desta, Yohana (May 17, 2017). “Hasan Minhaj Had a Roast Ready in Case Trump Showed Up to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” . Vanity Fair . Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  5. Jump up^ Meyer, Carla (January 20, 2017). “Hasan Minhaj of ‘Daily Show’ back in Davis for Netflix Special” . The Sacramento Bee . Retrieved May 23, 2017 .
  6. Jump up^ Ternus-Bellamy, Anne (October 6, 2015). “Take it from this guy: Life gets better” . Davis Enterprise . Retrieved May 24, 2017 .
  7. Jump up^ Waraich, Sonia (July 21, 2015). ” ‘ The Daily Show’ Correspondent Hasan Minhaj Premieres Off-Broadway Show” . India West . Retrieved May 23, 2017 .
  8. Jump up^ Schultz, Jon (May 23, 2017). “Davis’ Hasan Minhaj debuts on Netflix: Early reviews crown ‘Homecoming King ‘ ” . The Sacramento Bee . Retrieved May 23, 2017 .
  9. Jump up^ Arora, Priya (November 6, 2015). “Comedian Hasan Minhaj on ‘Homecoming King’ and the Power of Storytelling” . India.com . Retrieved May 24, 2017 .
  10. Jump up^ Tabrys, Jason (May 23, 2017). “Hasan Minhaj On Snark And Starting Relatable Conversations About Race” . UPROXX . Retrieved May 24, 2017 .
  11. Jump up^ “Sam Spratt on Twitter” . Twitter. May 23, 2017 . Retrieved May 24, 2017 .
  12. Jump up^ “Hasan Minhaj [returns] talks about His White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech | ep 24.” . The apartment with asif and baluch . May 15, 2017 . Retrieved May 31, 2017 .
  13. Jump up^ Perkins, Dennis (May 23, 2017). “The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj crafts a hilarious, spellbinding immigrant story . ” The AV Club . Retrieved May 23, 2017 .
  14. Jump up^ Ziv, Stav (May 23, 2017). “Hasan Minhaj on being called” the color of poop “and other stories about growing up a Muslim Indian-American” . Newsweek . Retrieved May 24, 2017 .
  15. Jump up^ Palmieri, Lea (May 23, 2017). Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King ‘Instead’ . Decider.com . Retrieved May 23, 2017 .

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