Nick Flanagan’s “Wiped Privilege” is what stand-up needs
Comedy needs another single, straight white male stand-up like New York City needs more bed bugs. Nick Flanagan disputes this notion as well other comedic standards on his new album, Wiped Privilege. Flanagan is a white male with a raspy voice delivering more than just puns to create laughs. Prior t... [Read More]
Lachlan Patterson confronts his stunted maturity on “Live From Venice Beach”
Lachlan Patterson passes as SoCal. On his new album, Live From Venice Beach, the comic fits as an area native. He is a forty something bachelor living the beach life and using words like “bro” and “dude,” while referring to women as “girls”. Though Canadian, he ha... [Read More]
Review: Michael Che Matters, on Netflix
I wrote about Michael Che's new Netflix hour, Michael Che Matters, for my friends at Decider. Here's an excerpt: Michael Che has run afoul of the social media mobs before, as less reputable outlets have taken his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts and thrown them back in his face. But Che hasn&rs... [Read More]
Amy Miller’s debut “Solid Gold” is filled with treasure
Much of Amy Miller’s debut album is like an origin story. The album, Solid Gold, is filled with storytelling from the comedian’s past. She talks about her childhood and living in Oakland and Portland. She also touches on current events, making the punch, “If you are a black man and... [Read More]
Everyone, get in the “Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen: Live at The Virgil”
Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal are quite the welcoming hosts on the new album, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen live at The Virgil. Hot Tub is a show that originally started in New York City where it won the 2011 ECNY Award for the Best Variety Show and Best Hosts. The two comics brought […]... [Read More]
Everyone, get in the “Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen: Live at The Virgil”
Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal are quite the welcoming hosts on the new album, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen live at The Virgil. Hot Tub is a show that originally started in New York City where it won the 2011 ECNY Award for the Best Variety Show and Best Hosts. The two comics brought […]... [Read More]
Kristen Wiig hosted “Saturday Night Live,” delivering a night of Thanksgiving fun
We’re back with another edition of Saturday Night Live celebrates the holidays. SNL alum, and one of its most prodigal daughters, Kristen Wiig returns to host the show. Big holiday episodes like Thanksgiving or Christmas are always chock full of guest drop-ins and this episode was no different... [Read More]
Kristen Wiig Finds a Few Things to be Thankful For on ‘SNL’
Kristen Wiig is a damn delight so, inevitably, this episode was good. But it could have been greater! There were a couple of season highlight-level sketches — “Target Commercial” and maybe “The Bubble” — but beloved and infinitely flexible host Wiig was underused ... [Read More]
Review: Colin Quinn, “The New York Story” on Netflix
I had a nice chat with Colin Quinn earlier this week about how much New York City has changed since he and Donald Trump were kids, which not only conveniently brought us back to themes such as immigration -- which play the primary role in the narrative arc of Quinn's new Netflix special, The New [&h... [Read More]
Nathan Brannon’s “Because” analyzes the rules of reality
Nathan Brannon’s second album, Because, proves his meticulous thinking makes sense. He plays with both nature and civilization. He analyzes the rules of reality, sometimes falling into the great absurd. Thus, he creates a deep onstage personality despite being judged as less than. The album op... [Read More]