Muslim America has its "700 Sundays."
You may remember Billy Crystal's one-man show about growing up in a jazz and Jewish household, which moved audiences both on Broadway and during a short, still buzzed about 2013 stop in the Twin Cities.
Hasan Minhaj is not nearly as well known as the former "Saturday Night Live" star, but his own theatre piece, "Homecoming King," merits attention.
Minhaj, a correspondent on "The Daily Show," brought his act to the Woman's Club in Minneapolis Saturday and while it started off as a fairly typical stand-up routine with a bit about Bernie Sanders as the world's greatest substitute teacher, it segued into something much more moving and memorable.
Wearing a simple white shirt and black jeans, the California-raised comedian deftly navigated his nearly sold-out audience through an immigation childhood and early career dominated by a demanding father and racism, most notably on the day after 9/11 when neighbors smashed the windows of his family car and made threatening phone calls.
As the title suggests, the heart of the piece revolved about being rejected at his high-school prom, a seemingly trivial memory that amplified the isolation and often casual prejudice that many in the mixed crowd could surely relate to.
Minhaj may not be a headliner at comedy clubs -- yet -- but you wouldn't know it by his confidence, the way he navigated the stage both left and right, up and down, while gently pulling in South Asian-American patrons that appeared to make up roughly a third of the audience.
They howled the most at the descriptions of his father, most notably during a bit in which the son wondered how NBC could revolve an entire series around slapping a child at a birthday party when that was an everyday occurence at parties he grew up attending.
Like Russell Peters, Minhaj mines his tough-as-nails pop for material, but "Homecoming" is filled with more poignancy, regret and self-exploration than his more famous peer shoots for.
He didn't say he felt guilty delaying a visit to his father after a massive heart attack, but a touch of sheepishness that crept into his well-honed delivery said it all.
Minhaj's show debuted off-Broadway last fall and he's currently on a nationwide tour, which may explain why we haven't seen more of him on "The Daily Show."
Let's hope the gamble pays off. A legitimate run on Broadway seems like a long shot, but that doesn't mean it isn't deserved.