Night at the Stand
A few months back I reviewed the debut album from comic Sheng Wang on the All Things Records label. As I mentioned at the time, All Things Records is the recording branch of All Things Comedy, which is a unique company in that it is owned and operated by the ... [Read More]
Night at the Stand
A few months back I reviewed the debut album from comic Sheng Wang on the All Things Records label. As I mentioned at the time, All Things Records is the recording branch of All Things Comedy, which is a unique company in that it is owned and operated by the ... [Read More]
Let’s Not Just Talk About Sex: Not Safe with Nikki Glaser on Comedy Central (review)
Show, don't tell. An old rule about writing that applies even more so to television. Why talk about sex when you can show it? Or, if not show it, then at least tease it, put people in varying degrees of comfortable situations regarding it, and have lots of laughs about it? That truth lies at [&helli... [Read More]
HBO’s ‘Animals’ Struggles to Rise Above Clichés and Crudeness
The premise of Animals, HBO’s new half-hour animated dark comedy, co-executive produced by Jay and Mark Duplass, satisfies a deep collective fantasy that is generally the exclusive province of New Yorker cartoons: what if, the show asks, the animals of New York City were having all the same du... [Read More]
Eye of the “Late-Night” Hurricane: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee debuts on TBS (review)
Such is the state of late-night TV in 2016 that of the two best, most necessary must-see programs, one doesn't air on weeknights, the other isn't even on in "late-night," neither airs more than once a week and both owe much to their previous boss, who isn't on TV now but will be again soon, [&hellip... [Read More]
Larry David Was Better Than Just Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good on ‘SNL’
For a guy who only served as a writer on Saturday Night Live for one year in the ’80s (and famously showed up for work a few days after quitting like nothing had happened), Seinfeld creator and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David’s first stint as SNL host felt just like a beloved forme... [Read More]
Review of Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado (Netflix)
Like how this photo of Hannibal Buress frames one of the chandeliers as a halo above his head? He's no angel. But Buress is one of the top stand-up comedians working today, and his new Netflix special, Comedy Camisado, went live today. I spoke with Buress while we were both in Hollywood last week, a... [Read More]
Picture This! with Brandie Posey illustrates stand-up comedy while also commenting upon it
There's a fine line between heckling and helping, and it's drawn via invitation. A shout from the audience? Unwarranted. No, thank you. You don't have a microphone or a spotlight on you, nor audience members paying to see you, so please, do keep your comments to yourself. Replace those word noises w... [Read More]
‘Man Seeking Woman’ and Making Emotions Surreal
Man Seeking Woman is a comedy that is deeply and uniquely concerned with the experience of being a person with feelings. Given that, last season, the show featured both an aged Hitler as a romantic interest and a Japanese monster made entirely of penises, this might seem like a bold claim. I have ne... [Read More]
‘SNL’ Braves the Blizzard with Ronda Rousey
Despite it being the day of the second-biggest blizzard to ever hit NYC, the show went on as scheduled at Saturday Night Live, where first-time host and former UFC champion Ronda Rousey did a solid job doing something other than beating the crap out of people on camera. Not since Louis C.K. hosted t... [Read More]