Review: Katt Williams, “Great America” on Netflix
Katt Williams knows that comedy is show business, and you need to know both the business and how to put on a show. Williams told me that this morning in an exclusive interview for my podcast, Last Things First, and he certainly still delivers when it’s time to shine. His four HBO specials have... [Read More]
Review: Katt Williams, “Great America” on Netflix
Katt Williams knows that comedy is show business, and you need to know both the business and how to put on a show. Williams told me that this morning in an exclusive interview for my podcast, Last Things First, and he certainly still delivers when it’s time to shine. His four HBO specials have... [Read More]
Neither late-night talk show nor podcast, David Letterman’s new Netflix series is better than both
When Johnny Carson retired into the late-night sunset, never to be seen again except for a rare appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, I was OK with that. But Letterman retiring didn’t seem exactly right. Certainly he couldn’t keep up with the Jimmy Fallons or James Cordens. C... [Read More]
Sam Rockwell Is a Cussin’, Dancin’ Fool on ‘SNL’
Since Sam Rockwell was announced as the first SNL host of 2018, I’ve been stoked. I’ve been a rabid Sam Rockwell fan since he danced to Pharoahe Monch in Charlie’s Angels. Then danced again in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. I can’t remember if he danced in Moon, but it was ... [Read More]
Review: Tom Segura, “Disgraceful” on Netflix
Tom Segura reminds me of every great stand-up comedian that I used to see in comedy clubs before/between the booms. Segura takes relatively unpopular positions and makes you laugh along with him at them, and does so with a tightly structured set infused with callbacks that pay off. He’s one-ha... [Read More]
Review: Tom Segura, “Disgraceful” on Netflix
Tom Segura reminds me of every great stand-up comedian that I used to see in comedy clubs before/between the booms. Segura takes relatively unpopular positions and makes you laugh along with him at them, and does so with a tightly structured set infused with callbacks that pay off. He’s one-ha... [Read More]
Reviewed: The best comedy specials of 2017
We saw a record number of hour-long stand-up comedy specials released on video in 2017. Were they all worth your time? Probably not. But I can recommend more than a few. A few dozen, in fact. These are the comedy specials from the year just passed that I’d watch with you again (and in some [&h... [Read More]
The Ten Best Comedy Series of 2017
“Peak TV” and “Prestige Television” are lazy and lame labels for a number of reasons. For one, they’re cavernous, catch-all constructs that display a total disregard for how television is made. They also conflate volume and variety with inherent quality. So the televisi... [Read More]
The Best ‘SNL’ Sketches and Moments of 2017
Saturday Night Live entered 2017 with good ratings, millions of viral shares, and more momentum than it has had in years. Much of this upshot was due to the political climate–and the country’s need for the humorous angle of what often seems like dark times. SNL did an admirable job in 20... [Read More]
Brief Eulogies for the Sitcoms We Lost in 2017
As 2017 draws to a close, we take a closer look at a few of the notable sitcoms that aired their final episodes in 2017. To some we say a tearful goodbye, and to some we come only to bury them, not to praise them. And we hold out hope that 2018 will be a […] [Read More]