Two writers, a graphic designer, and a stage manager walk into a room. Prashanth Venkataramanujam, executive producer and co-creator of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, says that’s exactly how Patriot Act was born. They began self-producing the show when he and Hasan Minhaj would sit in a conference room in Minhaj’s apartment building writing the script with a graphic designer and a stage manager. They would rehearse the show, rewrites would inevitably happen, then they got a production company involved to handle the taping. They helped them book studio space and get the stage, and then they invited an audience and made the show. From there, a vimeo link was created from the edited taping and sent out to determine where there was interest, and the rest is Netflix history.