Review: “Stranger Things 2”

One of the pleasures of the first Stranger Things series was being caught so totally by surprise.  The season indulged in a lot of world-building, so every monster bursting out the walls, every journey into a black astral abyss, every crawl through a hollow tree into a parallel dimension had an elevated sense of "What the fuck?!" …

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Christina P. and Other Cussing Moms

Watching Christina P. in her new Netflix special Mother Inferior go from talking about boobs vs. mom tits, to her episiotomy, to "Blowjob Season" early in a relationship, I found myself thinking of Ali Wong and her hysterical Netflix special Baby Cobra. https://youtu.be/Vzk-bj5bRNs   I then rewatched Baby Cobra and realized that they're totally different.  Christina P. is aggressively …

Review: “Bojack Horseman,” Season 4

BoJack Horseman is my kind of show.  On a regular basis it is raunchy, hysterical, ridiculous, dramatically heavy, and devastatingly sad. If this sounds like a strange description of a cartoon about a talking horse trying to revive his acting career in a parallel Hollywood where humans and anthropomorphized animals coexist ("Hollywoo"), after being typecast …

“Oh, Hello on Broadway” (on Netflix) holds a mirror up to theater geekery

I have been repeatedly watching "Oh, Hello! On Broadway" ... on Netflix.  In addition to finding it hysterical, it has me digging deep into my theater-geek past. https://youtu.be/YPQL8RbwckU Inhabiting the role of foul-mouthed senior citizen George St. Geeglund, stand-up comedian John Mulaney describes the audience, to their faces, as a collection of "comedy nerds, theatre …