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]
‘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]
‘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]
Review: Whitney Cummings, “I’m Your Girlfriend” (HBO)
There's a moment in the beginning of I'm Your Girlfriend, the new hour stand-up special from Whitney Cummings (and her first for HBO), in which she stops to examine the audience members in the front row for her taping. “I’m shooting my HBO special. No big deal. This has been a dream of m... [Read More]
Letterkenny - Starts Feb. 7th on CraveTV
Letterkenny is a sitcom that debuts February 7th on Crave TV, the Canadian subscription channel available on Chromecast or Apple TV and at CraveTV.ca (but unfortunately not on ROKU which I think outclasses any other similar device). Letterkenny is most definitely worth scheduling and watching. It is... [Read More]
‘Baskets’ and the Bleak Comedy of Failure
Baskets, FX’s new sad-clown comedy created by Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis, and Portlandia’s Jonathan Krisel, exists in a strange comedic universe: a bleak landscape defined by a particularly masculine blend of anger and sadness, the kind where schlumpy inaction covers up an uneasy curr... [Read More]
‘Angie Tribeca’ Dives in Head First to Very Silly Old-School Slapstick
As a society, we seem to have generally moved away from the school of crisp slapstick that depends upon a web of brilliantly stupid puns, the sort seen in Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker projects Airplane! and The Naked Gun and not much since. And so Angie Tribeca, TBS’s new police procedural par... [Read More]