‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture’ Takes an Honest Look at ’70s Comedy History
Doug Kenney flamed out early. A child of the 1950s, he produced comedy in print, radio, and film from the late ‘60s through his death in 1980 that has become classic, either through its enormous influence on the comedy that followed or as works in their own right (“People really like Cad... [Read More]
Will Ferrell, the Consummate ‘SNL’ Pro
Was it ever in question that a Will Ferrell episode of Saturday Night Live was going to be good? Ferrell was good on SNL for seven years, then was a good host. Three times. This was good TV done by competent people who are good at their jobs. Even the animal actor seemed like a […] [Read More]
‘Another Period’s Third Season Dives into the Origins of Celebrity Feminism
It’s been a year and a half since the second season of Another Period ended, so there’s a great deal to catch up on. Set in the first decade of the 20th century, Another Period focuses primarily on Lillian and Beatrice Bellacourt, played respectively by series creators Natasha Leggero an... [Read More]
Review: Todd Glass, “Act Happy” on Netflix
I’ve enjoyed Todd Glass since even before I knew exactly who he was, seeing him in the introduction movies for the Improv comedy clubs. Then came Last Comic Standing. Then came podcasts. Now comes his first Netflix special. Things I particularly enjoyed in Act Happy: Telling jokes while his ba... [Read More]
‘SNL’ Asks “What Even Matters Anymore?” with Host Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain really commits to the bit! I don’t know why I’m surprised. Her whole career is based on accent work and representing extreme points of view. But I never thought Chastain could be intentionally silly. She has always struck me as some kind of porcelain egret, which maybe J... [Read More]
Somewhere Between 5 and 7
Somewhere Between 5 and 7 features a more controlled and less profane Steve Sabo, for the most part. Don't get me wrong, Sabo is still an adult audience comic but for the first two thirds of the album he manages to deliver his material without a series of F-words. The ... [Read More]
Back to Back - Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher
Stand-up comics Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher are married. To please their many fans, they decided to do a show in common. The result is Back to Back. The audience liked it and if you are a fan of either or both comics so will you. Personally, I think this ... [Read More]
Paranoia in ‘High Maintenance’s Second Season
The new season of High Maintenance starts in the same spot HBO’s first season started: with the semi-protagonist weed dealer, The Guy, getting a haircut. In the HBO pilot (the series is a continuation of a web series that ran on Vimeo for 19 episodes), a haircut is a metaphor for the series&rs... [Read More]
‘Portlandia’ Says Goodbye at Just the Right Time
Season 1 of Portlandia opened with a song that promised a Pacific Northwest heaven: it was like the 1990s forever, “when people were content to be unambitious, sleep to eleven, just hang out with their friends… You’d have no occupations whatsoever. Maybe you work a couple of ... [Read More]
‘Portlandia’ Says Goodbye at Just the Right Time
Season 1 of Portlandia opened with a song that promised a Pacific Northwest heaven: it was like the 1990s forever, “when people were content to be unambitious, sleep to eleven, just hang out with their friends… You’d have no occupations whatsoever. Maybe you work a couple of ... [Read More]