Review: Hannah Gadsby, “Nanette,” possibly the most remarkable stand-up special ever

I was just in Stockholm and it popped into my head -- "Could I nominate Hannah Gadsby for the Nobel Peace Prize while I'm here??? That seems like the kind of thing you could do in Stockholm." Turns out ... no. You actually have to be somebody important to nominate a Nobel candidate to the …

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Review: Ali Wong, “Hard Knock Wife”

I've noticed a trend among my favorite stand-up comedians -- they have two, maybe even three crackerjack, sidesplitting specials, then they drop the ball on the junior or senior effort. Maybe they run out of things to say, or start rehashing old material.  I don't blame them; you have to be a freaking genius to …

“It’s ‘Mr. Rock,’ bitch!” Chris Rock breaks himself down

Boy, does Chris Rock look different. He's been my favorite stand-up forever (though now he has competition from John Mulaney).  I've devoured all of his previous specials, and the man had a visual brand - goatee, close-cropped black hair, fly suit. Seeing him take the stage in "Tamborine," his first special since 2008's "Kill the …

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 …