Saturday night vibes were strong. The lines outside of Cullen Performance Hall gave off a different kind of energy, not seen but surely felt. The air was sticky and humid but it was bearable because something great was happening. The buzz was exhilarating as people were walking and getting in line with such excitement you could feel it and the best part was that it was only the beginning. People were out here, students and non-students alike, taking pictures with the Netflix backdrop and with their tickets in the air showing the iconic UH symbol in the background.
It was almost time for Hasan Minhaj to make his appearance on stage. Being the senior correspondent on The Daily Show made him a sensation and loved by many because he is just that funny. He often talks about his own experiences growing up as the only brown kid at his school and some other very relatable topics such as the struggle of being just a little different. Coming from an Indian-Muslim background he took hard news topics such as the current state of the country and presented them in a comedic tone, which was a relief because, who doesn’t like to laugh?
Despite his sarcastic and witty jokes about politics and the President, he was featured as a speaker at the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner. Along with that he starred in a movie “The Spy Who Dumped Me” and his Netflix show “Homecoming King.”
The crowd roared with laughter and drank every word he said. Charts, videos and presentations were shown to back him up on his points of arguments. For example, President Trump went to Saudi, a country he hates, just to show them the “safe” use of twitter? There was video footage to back that up. And let’s just say it was ha-la-rious. Of course, there was some talk about certain anchors that claimed refugees are out to kill us all, but Minhaj certainly debunked that assumption. He showed the audience that how unlikely and that too such a low percentage of how likely it was for that to actually happen. Can anyone do the math? It was lower than 4 percent as he stated. The audience could not stop laughing.
And let’s not forget about his first crush, Princess Jasmine. He elaborates on what a badass she is, a brown woman whose dad wants her to have an arranged marriage but she’s basically like nope that’s not happening! She totally falls in love with a guy who’s best friend is a monkey and they ride on a flying magic carpet — what is more badass than that? This was on his comparison of “white” princesses who are always locked in a tower. The audience being mostly of the ethic Desi community commended in joy and it seemed like they completely agreed.
The dramatic use of multimedia was invigorating and the audience loved it! Cheers and laughter are all that was heard that night. His tour title was accurate
“Before the Storm” and indeed it is. The show was very relatable to me personally because I have experienced a lot of the things he has talked about such as Islamophobia and racism because of being a different religion and background.
The comedy Saturday night was sold out and instead of one show there were two. First show was from 7:30-9:30 and then second set 10:30 to whenever he decided to end the show, which ended up being 12 a.m. If you haven’t ever seen or heard any of his content it’s fantastic. GO WATCH IT.
Definitely a night to remember and UH was glad to have him pass through!