Bill Hader’s Big ‘SNL’ Reunion
Bill Hader has always struck me as more of an ensemble player, in the vein of Phil Hartman and Chris Parnell. It’s not that he can’t carry a sketch, it’s that he seems to have more fun in bigger group pieces. Almost every character Hader performed in this episode was a stone cold f... [Read More]
Review: Hannah Gadsby, “Nanette” at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City
Almost an hour into her performance of Nanette at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby pauses before she pivots. “You’re culturally unprepared for someone to be angry….and funny…in the same breath,” Gadsby informs us. Truth is, though... [Read More]
Review: Hannah Gadsby, “Nanette” at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City
Almost an hour into her performance of Nanette at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby pauses before she pivots. “You’re culturally unprepared for someone to be angry….and funny…in the same breath,” Gadsby informs us. Truth is, though... [Read More]
Review: Ricky Gervais, “Humanity” on Netflix
Most comedians who portray themselves as being above it all or better than everyone else also undercut that persona with buffoonish behavior or ideas that let us all in on the joke. Ricky Gervais is not most comedians. And he’s slightly self-aware of that, at least in naming his first Netflix ... [Read More]
Review: Ricky Gervais, “Humanity” on Netflix
Most comedians who portray themselves as being above it all or better than everyone else also undercut that persona with buffoonish behavior or ideas that let us all in on the joke. Ricky Gervais is not most comedians. And he’s slightly self-aware of that, at least in naming his first Netflix ... [Read More]
This Road Has Tolls
Glen Wool's declamatory style takes a bit of getting used to and is a matter of taste. If you are not certain  at first, listening his comedy MP3 album This Road Has Tolls will prove Wool is a clever and smart comic who gives an excellent performance from start to ... [Read More]
Sterling K. Brown’s Delightful ‘SNL’ Hosting Debut
What a night for Melissa Villaseñor! After a season and a half of 1-2 lines every episode, she was featured in five sketches this weekend and closed out the show with a banger Nickelback rendition. I think the episode needed her more reserved stage presence to counterbalance Sterling K. (Kath... [Read More]
Reviewing the Third and Final Season of Netflix’s ‘Love’
It was perhaps overambitious to call a TV show Love. Like a show co-creator Lesley Arfin’s prior gig, Girls, the title suggests a universality that the content can’t satisfy. Love, which concludes its run with its third season (now streaming on Netflix), concerns a man and a woman (Gus a... [Read More]
Review: Gad Elmaleh, “American Dream” on Netflix
If you’re a bilingual of the French/English variety, it might be more than worth your while to watch Gad Elmaleh’s Gad Gone Wild before watching Gad Elmaleh: American Dream. They’re both on Netflix. But you can see just what kind of reach Elmaleh has by watching them in this order.... [Read More]
Charles Barkley Hosts ‘SNL’ “for No Reason”
Hey, we’re adults. We can talk about big issues directly and frankly. I need to know why Charles Barkley hosted SNL this week. He was promoting nothing, he didn’t have a hit indie movie last summer. What gives? Was it because all the movie actors are in Hollywood for the Oscars? Does Cha... [Read More]