Mr. Funny Man
Dana Gould won an Emmy writing for The Simpsons. Considering past nominees and winners of the Grammy for best comedy album are highly questinonable, I doubt Gould will get that award or even a nomination. He should. Mr. Funny Man is a solid comedy album. Here is some of what ... [Read More]
Review: Brian Regan, “Nunchucks and Flamethrowers” on Netflix
Brian Regan went on a riff earlier this month when he played Carnegie Hall for the first time as part of the 2017 New York Comedy Festival. And Regan got downright sincere and soft, talking about his father, who had recently passed away. Regan’s first Netflix special in a two special deal came... [Read More]
Review: Bob Saget, “Zero to Sixty” via Comedy Dynamics
In 2017, when every comedian wants to be on Netflix, it’s rare to find someone put out their new stand-up special everywhere BUT Netflix. But Bob Saget isn’t every comedian. And he’d focus on the word butt and go off on a tangent for a few minutes before we could get to the next pa... [Read More]
Review: DeRay Davis, “How to be Black” on Netflix
I’m behind on my Empire watching, so I must confess I couldn’t tell you what DeRay Davis did on the FOX drama about hip-hop, but after watching his first Netflix special, I learned just how many other projects he had popped up in the background of over the years. The bit of his that pops... [Read More]
Review: Lavell Crawford, “Home for the Holidays” on Showtime
Lavell Crawford and I had a great time catching up this summer when he was visiting New York City, telling me about losing weight so he could stay healthy for his kids. You probably best know Crawford from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul as Saul’s bodyguard. Maybe you remember he finished ru... [Read More]
Review: Judah Friedlander, “America is the Greatest Country in the United States” on Netflix
If you remember Judah Friedlander from 30 Rock, you likely remember his customized joke hats. For his onstage character in stand-up comedy, Friedlander’s always dressed in the same uniform: Yellow T-shirt, black windbreaker jacket over it, with a red-white-and-blue hat, all of which emblazoned... [Read More]
Review: Jack Whitehall, “At Large” on Netflix
You haven’t been seeing double on your Netflix menus this autumn. Jack Whitehall does have two different, yet related projects on the streaming platform. One is a semi-scripted travelogue spoof, Travels With My Father, and if you watch that first, it might help you laugh at Whitehall’s s... [Read More]
Review: Patton Oswalt, “Annihilation” on Netflix
Patton Oswalt personal and professional lives have seen their highest highs and lowest lows over the past year and a half. Oswalt lost his wife suddenly and unexpectedly, and received a Grammy nomination the next day (which he’d later win, as well as an Emmy for the same special). He and his y... [Read More]
‘Great News’ Will Fill the ’30 Rock’-Sized Hole in Your Heart
In this era of “peak TV” it’s easy for genuinely great comedies to fly under the radar. But as more and more streaming shows create tons of edgy buzz or controversy, network sitcoms can feel far more ignored than they used to be. So maybe that’s why it took a friend’s s... [Read More]
‘There’s…Johnny!’ Picks the Worst Time for Nostalgia
When Johnny Carson took over as host of The Tonight Show in 1962, there was no sense that he would last 30 years in the job. Television talk shows were in their infancy, and The Tonight Show’s previous two hosts (Steve Allen and Jack Paar) had done such different jobs there was no real st... [Read More]