Last night I was in the mood to watch something funny on Netflix, but couldn't decide the type of comedy to watch. Was I in the mood for a funny movie? No. A television series? Nope. After what seemed like endless scrolling I finally made up my mind to watch stand-up comedy. Something I don't usually gravitate towards.
That's when I stumbled upon comedian Hasan Minhaj's Homecoming King that premiered on Netflix in May 2017. On this stand-up special, Hasan returns to his hometown of Davis, California where he shares his experience growing up as a first generation American with immigrant Muslim parents. He shamelessly poked fun at current social issues, culture barriers and crazy family dynamics with sharp delivery and visual graphics.
As a first generation immigrant myself, I was able to relate to many of his personal stories that touched the human emotions of vulnerability, awkwardness, vengefulness, bravery, devotion, love and - most importantly - forgiveness. There were countless times where I found myself reflecting and comparing my own personal experiences while thinking "wow, I totally thought I was the only one" or "that's exactly how I felt but I could't find the words to describe it"! So I was thrilled to have found someone that gets it and can laugh about it. Needless to say, it was the most cathartic and therapeutic stand-up show I've ever seen.
Anyways, I totally recommend watching his stand-up special. Since then, I started following him and his sister (LOL - you must watch to get the reference) on Instagram and am eager to see more of his presence in the future. Plus, he's cute!