‘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]
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]
Review: Todd Barry, “Spicy Honey” on Netflix
When you think of spicy honey, you think of Todd Barry? I don’t know that I’d ever describe Barry’s comedic styling as sweet with fiery undertones, but that’s what he called his first Netflix stand-up special. Todd Barry: Spicy Honey. Instead: I’d call him sardonic. As ... [Read More]
Review: Russell Howard, “Recalibrate” on Netflix
Russell Howard is a big TV star in Britain, but you’d only know him in America if you’re an ex-pat or if you’re an avid watcher of the late-night telly. In that case, you’d have seen him pop up from time to time, once on Conan, once on The Tonight Show, and once on The [&hell... [Read More]