Review: Trevor Noah, “Afraid of the Dark” on Netflix
Trevor Noah is off this week from his Comedy Central gig — The Daily Show is airing best-of packages instead. But there’s a new hour from Noah on Netflix, Afraid of the Dark, filmed this past November (the weekend before the election, in fact, during the New York Comedy Festival), and I&... [Read More]
Review: Roy Wood Jr., “Father Figure” on Comedy Central
Hard work, determination and an honestly funny outlook on life pays off. Just ask Roy Wood Jr., or rather, watch Wood’s first stand-up hour special, Father Figure, on Comedy Central. After a two-decade climb through comedy clubs and radio stations across the South and later, across Americ... [Read More]
Review: Katherine Ryan’s “In Trouble” on Netflix
Katherine Ryan is only the second stand-up comedian from the United Kingdom granted an official Netflix comedy special, and she’s actually Canadian. So winner winner, cheeky sinner! I wrote about Katherine Ryan: In Trouble for my friends at Decider, and here’s the topical lede… Tw... [Read More]
Review: Katherine Ryan’s “In Trouble” on Netflix
Katherine Ryan is only the second stand-up comedian from the United Kingdom granted an official Netflix comedy special, and she’s actually Canadian. So winner winner, cheeky sinner! I wrote about Katherine Ryan: In Trouble for my friends at Decider, and here’s the topical lede… Tw... [Read More]
Review: Nick Cannon “Stand Up, Don’t Shoot” on Showtime
If you thought Nick Cannon and NBC were on the outs last week, then you didn’t actually watch Cannon’s newest stand-up special for Showtime, which premiered Friday night. You can read my review on Decider, where he replaced the N in NBC with the N-word, and said all the things he wished ... [Read More]
Alec Baldwin Hosts the Highest Rated ‘SNL’ Episode In Six Years
Last week, Melissa McCarthy unexpectedly sieged the SNL stage with a studied and savage take on Sean Spicer that seems to have reignited everyone’s passion for the show. McCarthy’s frenzied Spicer was, as expected, immediately critiqued by Don and his friends (Spicer called it “mea... [Read More]
Kristen Stewart Hosts a Historically Great ‘SNL’
Finally, with an episode that’s “like, so gay, dude” and that doesn’t fucking care, and that features one of the most lovingly crafted and executed cameos in the show’s history, Saturday Night Live has found its best current self. Political parody is — shocker!! &... [Read More]
Into the “Night Gallery” of death, dating and anti-depressants with Joe DeRosa’s “You Let Me Down” on Comedy Central
Joe DeRosa didn’t intend to release his one-hour Comedy Central special, You Let Me Down, the same week as his good friend Bill Burr’s new Netflix special. DeRosa’s new hour debuts tonight at midnight. “It’s a real shitty coincidence,” DeRosa joked on the phone wi... [Read More]
Review: “The Comedian” starring Robert De Niro
Don’t be misled by the title or the movie trailers. The Comedian, a Taylor Hackford film (An Officer and a Gentleman, Ray) starring Robert De Niro as a former sitcom star and stand-up comedian still trying to ply his trade into his 70s, is actually a love story about second chances and last ch... [Read More]
Review: Bill Burr “Walk Your Way Out” on Netflix
Timing is everything in comedy. Including the decision when to record your album/special and when to release. Which really came into focus sitting down to watch Bill Burr‘s newest hour-plus for Netflix, Walk Your Way Out. As I wrote in my review for Decider: In his latest Netflix special, Bill... [Read More]