"Minhaj does more than make tech the subject of an occasional episode. Instead, Patriot Act makes tech a constant theme throughout the show," says Rebecca Heilweil. She adds: "It’s not that comedians haven’t taken on tech before. Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, and Trevor Noah have tackled Facebook and other pressing technology-related stories in the headlines. John Oliver even helped take the wonky topic of net neutrality mainstream in June 2014, when his 13-minute segment on the topic helped bring more than 45,000 comments to the Federal Communications Commission website. Before The Nightly Show was canceled, Larry Wilmore hosted panels on crime-fighting robots, the Apple Watch, and the ethics of labor practices behind high-tech device manufacturing. Minhaj’s debut episodes have built on this tradition and broken new ground. He takes technology seriously as a political force, but also incorporates humor and commentary about its pervasiveness into his coverage of other subjects." ALSO: Aziz Ansari recalls a Patriot Act fan mistaking him for Hasan Minhaj.