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]
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]
The Nicest Boy in Barcelona
There is no way you are not going to looooove The Nicest Boy in Barcelona and comic Danny Lobell. There is also no way you can get rid of the earworm Lobell plants in his Costco bit. This is a highly enjoyable, good natured, just plain fun to listen to ... [Read More]
Review: George Lopez, “The Wall: Live! From Washington, D.C.” on HBO
Three days before Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” comedian George Lopez was lobbing all sorts of F-bombs at the president from inside Washington, D.C., during his live HBO performance Saturday night, The Wall: Live! From Washington, D.C. As I wr... [Read More]
Review: Maz Jobrani, “Immigrant” on Netflix
You can see Maz Jobrani on the new CBS sitcom, Superior Donuts, and hear about his life in Episode #91 of my podcast, Last Things First. Now he has just released his fourth solo stand-up special, and first for Netflix, called Immigrant. Jobrani recorded it in D.C. to help put a spotlight on the immi... [Read More]
The conundrum of comedy criticism in 2017
This is my 11th consecutive year covering Montreal’s Just For Laughs, but the first in which I’ve experienced serious blowback while still at the festival. What’s going on here? A few different things, and I’ll try to clear the air on as many of them as I can. Usually, comedi... [Read More]
Review: Aditi Mittal, “Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say” on Netflix
How’s your Hinglish? That’s not a rhetorical question. Because Aditi Mittal, the first Indian woman to get her own Netflix hour comedy special, freely mixes English and Hindi in Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say. Most of her work translates easily. But as I wrote in my review on Deci... [Read More]