Review: Ryan Hamilton, “Happy Face” on Netflix
I wrote a glowing review of Ryan Hamilton‘s first Netflix stand-up special over at Decider, because he earned it! Watching Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face will make your face happy, too. A decade of living and doing comedy in New York City has done this Idaho boy good. And given him the ability... [Read More]
Netflix’s Pot Comedy ‘Disjointed’ Opts for Easy Stoner Humor
The new Netflix series Disjointed, which premiered its first ten episodes (of 20 ordered so far) this past Friday, is an appropriately titled mishmash of two distinct styles that never completely coalesce. Created by David Javerbaum and Chuck Lorre, it is an achingly dull CBS-style sitcom &ldqu... [Read More]
Netflix’s Pot Comedy ‘Disjointed’ Opts for Easy Stoner Humor
The new Netflix series Disjointed, which premiered its first ten episodes (of 20 ordered so far) this past Friday, is an appropriately titled mishmash of two distinct styles that never completely coalesce. Created by David Javerbaum and Chuck Lorre, it is an achingly dull CBS-style sitcom &ldqu... [Read More]
Review: Lynne Koplitz, “Hormonal Beast” on Netflix
Joan Rivers served as Lynne Koplitz’s comedy godmother over the icon’s final decade. Now Koplitz is ready to become comedy godmother to the rest of us, with the release of her first solo hour of stand-up comedy on Netflix, Hormonal Beast. I spoke to Koplitz just last week to talk about h... [Read More]
Review: Tiffany Haddish, “She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood!” on Showtime
Tiffany Haddish has become a comedy star in 2017, bursting forth from supporting player on NBC’s The Carmichael Show to scene-stealer on the big screen in Girls Trip, and this fall will co-star with Tracy Morgan in the new TBS comedy, The Last O.G. This past weekend, Haddish got to shine solo ... [Read More]
Review: Tiffany Haddish, “She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood!” on Showtime
Tiffany Haddish has become a comedy star in 2017, bursting forth from supporting player on NBC’s The Carmichael Show to scene-stealer on the big screen in Girls Trip, and this fall will co-star with Tracy Morgan in the new TBS comedy, The Last O.G. This past weekend, Haddish got to shine solo ... [Read More]
Brad Paisley Plays It Safe in His ‘Comedy Rodeo’ Special
The thought of country singer Brad Paisley having his own Netflix standup special  — even one with several actual comics on the bill — naturally brings about mixed feelings. On one hand, Paisley’s music has always employed a fair amount of humor; on “The Cigar Song,&rdqu... [Read More]
Review: Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo, on Netflix
Comedians and comedy fans were left speechless when Netflix announced a comedy special this summer from Brad Paisley. But as I wrote in my review for Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo, via Decider: It’s not that far-fetched to see a country music act hosting a comedy special. Brad Paisley has ... [Read More]
‘Ingrid Goes West’: A Dark Comedy That Shines an Empathetic Light on Digital Addiction
“What’s your biggest emotional wound?” That question, posed to our anti-heroine Ingrid Thorburn roughly 30 minutes into Ingrid Goes West, should carry the weight of the world. It’s the type of question that demands self-interrogation — one that requires an emotional hon... [Read More]
Season 1 of ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Favors Fiction Over History
Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, which ended its first season last night, is the newest unfunny drama about the world of comedy. Based in part on the book by the same name by William Knoedelseder, it’s a fairly unambitious show. This actually makes it work better than the late, sarcas... [Read More]