Kumail Nanjiani Helms a Standout ‘SNL’
Here it is, the first certified banger of SNL season 43! It’s almost like comedy is better when comedians do it. Who’da thought? Don’t get me wrong, part of the fun for the SNL nerd is seeing people go against their very serious brand. I can ask myself “How are the folks at S... [Read More]
Sarah Silverman and Robin Thede’s New Talk Shows Both Start Strong
Considering what a boys’ club late night comedy has always been, October 12, 2017 may go down as a historic day, as two new comedy talk shows hosted by women premiered last night: Sarah Silverman’s I Love You, America, which airs on Hulu, and Robin Thede’s The Rundown on BET. About... [Read More]
Sarah Silverman and Robin Thede’s New Talk Shows Both Start Strong
Considering what a boys’ club late night comedy has always been, October 12, 2017 may go down as a historic day, as two new comedy talk shows hosted by women premiered last night: Sarah Silverman’s I Love You, America, which airs on Hulu, and Robin Thede’s The Rundown on BET. About... [Read More]
Disasturbation
Depression, cannibalism, Hitler fatigue, a rant on the expression drinking the Kool-Aid, a story about getting a colonoscopy, dead relatives, running over a kid, and a very bizarre tale about a rock show gone totally wrong: that's what I call one hell of a good comedy MP3 album. There is ... [Read More]
Review: Christina P: “Mother Inferior” on Netflix
There’s something more assured and charming about the Christina Pazsitzky that we see in her first Netflix comedy special, Mother Inferior, than we first saw from her three years ago on the TBS comedy competition, Funniest Wins. She has shortened her last name to P to make things easier for ev... [Read More]
Review: Rodney Carrington, “Here Comes The Truth” on Netflix
When you think of blue-collar comedians, well, first off, you think of cowboys and not actual blue-collar workers. Thanks, Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy. But when you think of cowboy comedians, you might not think of Rodney Carrington — despite the fact that he’s sold enough alb... [Read More]
Gal Gadot on ‘SNL’: “I’m Sorry, I Feel Nothing”
What does SNL want to be under Trump? This is the second weirdly apolitical show in a very political time. Last week’s only topical outings were the impression-palooza of a cold open and some hurricane/NFL stuff during Update. This week the cold open and part of Update were devoted to Las Vega... [Read More]
Jordan Klepper’s ‘The Opposition’ Is Off to a Promising Start
When Jordan Klepper made his debut on The Daily Show in 2014, it was clear that he had a little Stephen Colbert in him. Or, to be more specific, a little “Stephen Colbert.” He was perfect at being the guy who was arguing for the wrong things for the express purpose of showing how wrong [... [Read More]
Ryan Gosling Giggles His Way Through the ‘SNL’ Season Premiere
Saturday Night Live began its 43rd season with a silly, silly show for a decidedly un-silly time. Puerto Rico continues to suffer through the aftereffects of a hurricane without federal aid. The president continues to wage war on professional athletes who oppose police brutality, and millions o... [Read More]
Review: Def Comedy Jam 25, on Netflix
What does it mean to be black in America? I cannot pretend to truly know myself, but I can turn to my friends with empathy and listen to them, put myself in their shoes. A full generation before Black Lives Matter, Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan were making sure black comedians mattered by giving t... [Read More]