The Government Keeps a Close Eye on Hasan Minhaj in Promo for His New Netflix Comedy Show

Patriot Act debuts Oct. 28

Hasan Minjah is the latest person to make the jump from Daily Show correspondent to late-night host. Netflix
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After canceling two late-night-themed shows in August—The Break With Michelle Wolf and The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale—Netflix is ready to take another stab at the genre.

On Oct. 28, it will debut Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj, a weekly comedy show hosted by former Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj.

In a new promo for the series, Minhaj pokes fun at his post-Daily Show career, the logline for his new show and government surveillance.

The spot opens as Minhaj is texting with his dad, who asks him if he needs money “because you got fired from the Daily Show.” Minhaj says he didn’t get fired, but his dad doesn’t believe him.

The promo then reveals that Minhaj is being monitored by government officials, who are tracking his texts and emails as they discuss his new show, Patriot Act.

“It explores the modern geopolitical and cultural landscape through a comedic lens,” explains one person, prompting another to respond. “That’s not funny. You know what’s funny: that show, Nailed It.”—a reference to Netflix’s reality bake-off competition.

Later, they are joined by another official, who wonders, “Should we frame this guy for murder?” The decision: Minhaj’s fate will hinge on “whether the show’s any good.”

Netflix has given a 32-episode order to Patriot Act, which will debut new episodes each Sunday. Minhaj is the first Indian-American host of a weekly comedy show.

He follows in the footsteps of other former Daily Show correspondents-turned-late-night-hosts, including Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, John Oliver and Jordan Klepper.

The show premieres on Oct. 28, the same day as Busy Philipps’ new E! late-night series, Busy Tonight.

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.