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Davis’ Hasan Minhaj debuts on Netflix: Early reviews crown ‘Homecoming King’

“The Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj stands at the head table during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington on April 29.
“The Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj stands at the head table during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington on April 29. AP

If you missed Hasan Minhaj when he performed in his hometown Davis in January, you now can catch the show on Netflix.

Minhaj, the 31-year-old “Daily Show” correspondent who last month headlined the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, reached another milestone Tuesday when his comedy special “Homecoming King” debuted on streaming as a Netflix Original.

AV Club’s Dennis Perkins wrote of the special: “Homecoming King triumphs by transforming a seemingly intractable dilemma into thoroughly, hilariously human comedy.” The reviewer lauded Minhaj’s storytelling ability that is accentuated by director Christopher Storer’s slow-zoom closeups.

“Minhaj parcels out the big swerves and turns in his stories as patiently as did his parents about almost everything in their lives,” Perkins wrote.

Minhaj appeared on The Bill Simmons Podcast on Monday to talk about the special, which Simmons lauded as “very innovative. I predict some awards buzz.” (His interview begins at 42:00 in the player below.)

Minhaj told Simmons that after performing his act off-Broadway in more than 40 cities, he had it “locked in” at the Mondavi Center.

“The rush of it was doing it in my hometown – bringing it back to the place where all the stories happened,” Minhaj said. “That was ... that X-factor that made you feel that extra emotion in there.”

Minhaj also weighed in on the Sacramento Kings and their penchant for parting with talented players such as DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and Hassan Whiteside: “It’s like seeing an ex-girlfriend go on to do great things.” Minhaj said he has mixed emotions over Vivek Ranadive as the team’s owner.

“Look, as an Indian American you get super proud, but then you find out he’s ... insane,” Minhaj told Simmons. “Representation matters. If you’re a white owner, there’s so (many). It’s like all right, he’s a bad one. We have a guy.”

Within hours of the special going live, viewers hit Twitter to share their thoughts:

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