January 11, 2019

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Daniel Hu

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“Patriot Act” Brings a Revolution in Comedy Show Set Design

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After leaving his position as a correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj has moved on to host his own weekly comedy show, Patriot Act. He’s become the first Indian-American to host a weekly comedy show, and his show has been hailed as “different”, among many reasons, …

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After leaving his position as a correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj has moved on to host his own weekly comedy show, Patriot Act. He’s become the first Indian-American to host a weekly comedy show, and his show has been hailed as “different”, among many reasons, for its eye-catching graphics.

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The set design is very different from other comedy news shows. Instead of sitting at a desk like Seth Meyers or Trevor Noah, Minhaj is up and about, walking around on a screen stage, in a way that he himself describes as a “woke TED talk”.

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The wonderful thing about the screen stage in Patriot Act is its versatility. It can play a news clip or video to demonstrate a point Minhaj makes, but it can also provide an infographic with statistics, or visual effects, or just a cool background. It feels interactive and immersive, as the graphics are perfectly synced with what Hasan’s saying as he’s walking around.

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That’s harder than it looks, because the show is all shot live. Both the live audience and the cameras need to be able to read and see clearly. The style is almost like a concert– and Minhaj is great at putting on the show. Take a look for yourself at this highlighted segment of his episode, “Affirmative Action”:

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