Is sarcasm an excuse for awful comedy?

Seriously, people, Daniel Tosh does not mean it. I'm not even saying that's an excuse.  There may well be moral turpitude in telling outlandishly awful jokes about rape, spousal abuse, and body dysmorphia, whether you mean it or not.  But the same way as you can objectively say that Hamlet is about a prince in Denmark (whatever …

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Remembering torture-porn

I'm not easily scared, but I have a hard time watching torture. In movies and TV shows, that is.  I'm pretty sure I'd be driven balls-to-the-wall insane by watching the real thing. I stopped watching "Ozarks" when torture entered the picture. I still haven't watched the scene in "The Tudors" where the court baker is …

Review: “Black Mirror” Series 4

Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker is fascinated by creating Hells. A lot of people focus on Black Mirror's status as a spiritual successor to the Twilight Zone.  Others focus on its effectiveness as a techno-thriller set in very-near futures, focused on the unintended consequences of eerily plausible extensions of current technology. It's the penchant for creating Hells that interests …

Review: Dave Chappelle, “Equanimity” and “The Bird Revelation”

Why Dave Chappelle? I've wondered this for awhile.  I watched a few episodes of the much-lauded Chappelle's Show and I wasn't that impressed.  "I'm Rick James, bitch!"  So what? https://youtu.be/IIiHdXwoGp4   I knew a little about the drama surrounding the cancellation of that show - Chappelle breached his contract and walked away to spend twelve years out …

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 …