Hasan Minhaj is ready to take off

Friday, January 27, Hasan Minhaj’s Homecoming King


In the current entertainment landscape, a successful Netflix special can make a stand-up comic’s career explode.

For Hasan Minhaj, that fateful recording date should take place January 27, at the Mondavi Center. After touring his solo theater show Homecoming King for more than a year, he’s finally ready for his close-up. It’s a fitting setting, too: Minhaj is a Davis native and UC Davis alumnus.

The show is based on Minhaj’s life growing up in Davis and the first-generation Indian-American experience. He goes into racism, bullying, interracial relationships and the elusive American dream. All together, it’s the story of what he calls the “new brown America.” His style comes across as smart, thoughtful and charming while also being completely unafraid to explore sensitive issues.

That should come as no surprise if you’re familiar with Minhaj’s work on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. In 2014, he became the last correspondent to be chosen by Jon Stewart—a big endorsement for both his comedic chops and smarts. Previously, Minhaj hosted the MTV comedy panel show Failosophy and appeared on television shows State of Georgia, Arrested Development and Getting On.

Minhaj’s performance at Mondavi is unusual in that it’s open seating, so get there early. 10 p.m. Friday, January 27; $35 general admission. Mondavi Center, 1 Shields Avenue in Davis; http://mondaviarts.org.