Netflix’s ‘American Vandal’ Is More Than a One-Note Dick Joke
American Vandal promises satire that will puncture the self-importance of Netflix’s own entries in the true crime genre, like Making a Murderer and The Keepers. By moving the setting to a high school in California and making the central crime 27 spray-painted dicks, American Vandal seemed pois... [Read More]
Review: Jeff Dunham, “Relative Disaster” on Netflix
No, you’re the puppet! Jeff Dunham is undoubtedly the biggest ventriloquist in the world. By fans. By tickets sold. Dunham set ratings records for Comedy Central, and landed his previous special in primetime for NBC in 2015. Now he’s on Netflix. Because everyone in the comedy game is on ... [Read More]
‘One Mississippi’ Dives Deeper into Heartbreak and Humor in Season 2
While One Mississippi’s first season dealt with a number of huge transitions, like the death of protagonist Tig’s mother and Tig’s moving back to Mississippi, its second season is more focused on the questions these transitions bring up: How much can a person change, and under what... [Read More]
Review: Marc Maron, “Too Real” on Netflix
Can Marc Maron be happy and funny at the same time? A fair enough question, considering his personal and professional circumstances by 2017, when he has just now released his first Netflix stand-up comedy special. The short answer: Yes. Longer answers, in my review of Marc Maron: Too Real, via Decid... [Read More]
The Past Is Ever-Present in Season 4 of ‘BoJack Horseman’
For better or worse — most often for better — BoJack Horseman, both the show and its titular character, have always been deeply invested in the past, and generally speaking, the idea of time itself. After all, for much of the series, BoJack is still riding the high of starring in a very ... [Read More]
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]