Review: “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” on Netflix

All biopics start from a grain of truth, the essential building blocks of the subject, and then weave an imaginative backstory complete with a heartwarming or inspirational narrative arc. A Futile and Stupid Gesture is not that kind of biopic. Certainl…

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Review: Erik Griffin, “AmERIKan Warrior” on Showtime

Erik Griffin played a Vietnam vet in Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, but his 2018 stand-up comedy special portrays him as a different kind of AmERIKan Warrior. “There’s a war on comedy and free speech, and I’m a soldier on the front lines,” G…

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Review: Cameron Esposito, “Rape Jokes”

Cameron Esposito’s 2018 stand-up special, Rape Jokes, raised $20,000 in donations for RAINN in the first two days she featured it on her website this summer. But don’t think or fear that you’re in for an hour of jokes about rape. That…

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Review: Comedy Dynamics “The Legends of Comedy” specials

A year ago this week, Comedy Dynamics filmed six stand-up comedy specials back-to-back over consecutive nights at The Palace Theater in Los Angeles, all of them with the same opening and closing montages. They released them over a period of several mon…

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Review: Kirk Fox, “That Guy” on Showtime

Kirk Fox only really looks like That Guy when he’s sporting his mustache. Fox had more of a five o’clock shadow going on when he filmed his Showtime special in Santa Barbara during, and he realized that “that guy” not only refer…

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Review: Trevor Moore, “The Story of Our Times,” on Comedy Central

It’d be a mistake to stop watching Trevor Moore after the first 10 minutes of his most recent Comedy Central special, The Story of Our Times, which came out on April 20 (cough cough). Moore’s special finds him struggling through an insufferable brunch …

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Review: Taylor Williamson, “Please Like Me” on Amazon Prime Video

Far too many comedy specials in recent years have either come out too soon, or gone on for too long, to truly benefit the comedians themselves. I imagine that’s an unintended consequence of a comedy boom. Demand spikes, agents and managers want t…

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Review: “The Degenerates” on Netflix

As I wrote in my review for Decider: The word “degenerates” implies immorality. Oakerson, Brad Williams, Yamaneika Saunders, Liza Treyger, Joey Diaz and Christina P. definitely live by morals. The Netflix focus group working committee on series naming …

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EPIX presents Unprotected Sets

I have some problems with Unprotected Sets. Not a big fan of the title. Definitely not a fan of the promotional poster and imaging, which doubles down on the sexual innuendo by giving you the impression that stand-up comedy is best represented by a bun…

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Review: Dennis Miller, “Fake News, Real Jokes” from Comedy Dynamics

When it comes to comedy, I’ll admit it: I’m politically biased. But it’s not a liberal or conservative bias that drives me crazy so much as it is a realism bias. I love me some surrealism and ridiculousness from my stand-ups, but when…

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