‘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]
‘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]