Review: “It Started As A Joke,” a documentary about Eugene Mirman and his Comedy Loves

It Started As A Joke is not just a documentary, it’s also a love story. It’s a love story about Eugene Mirman and so-called “alt-comedy”; about Mirman almost singlehandedly moving that comedy scene from Manhattan’s East Vi…

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Review: Urzila Carlson, “Overqualified Loser” on Netflix

You know the comedy boom has reached its over-saturation point when, even in the middle of a global pandemic, Netflix forgets or otherwise neglects to put out a trailer in advance for one of its own original stand-up comedy specials. Or is that all par…

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Review: Urzila Carlson, “Overqualified Loser” on Netflix

You know the comedy boom has reached its over-saturation point when, even in the middle of a global pandemic, Netflix forgets or otherwise neglects to put out a trailer in advance for one of its own original stand-up comedy specials. Or is that all par…

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Review: Jim Jefferies, “Intolerant,” on Netflix

Jim Jefferies is at a career and life crossroads. Aren’t we all in 2020? For Jefferies, though, his personal and professional lives were colliding with his younger rebellious brand when he filmed his newest special, Intolerant, for Netflix. He ha…

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Review: Hannibal Buress, “Miami Nights” on YouTube

Hannibal Buress has attracted more than 1,177,515 views of his newest comedy special since releasing Miami Nights for free on YouTube two weeks ago. Buress filmed the special last August in Miami, shopped it around, and intended to give it a big-screen…

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Review: George Lopez, “We’ll Do It For Half” on Netflix

After a Showtime debut and four follow-up specials on HBO, George Lopez has made the leap to Netflix. Why? Is it the money? We’ll Do It For Half, Lopez jokingly calls his special. Much of it is a reintroduction to Lopez and his family and his Lat…

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Review: Jo Koy, “In His Elements” on Netflix

This is a full-on variety show, as Jo Koy traveled to the Philippines with a breakdancer, Ronnie; a Grammy-winning producer, !llmind; singer/songwriter Iñigo Pascual; and comedians Andrew Lopez, Joey Guila, and Andrew Orolfo to Manila, showcasing Filip…

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Review: Dave Chappelle, “8:46” on YouTube

Dave Chappelle turned a local pavilion in his Ohio town into his personal performance venue during the pandemic, and right out of the gate last month, he addressed the Black Lives Matter protests that sprung up in the wake of the death of George Floyd …

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Review: Hannah Gadsby, “Douglas” on Netflix

If you want to know why Hannah Gadsby’s 2020 Netflix special is called Douglas, there’s reasons more than the basic one she gives about her dog. As she explains: If you want to know why she’s following up Nanette at all, after declari…

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Review: Yvonne Orji, “Momma, I Made It!” on HBO

HBO has found success in the past year with having stand-up comedians go back home with a documentary camera crew in tow to fill in and flesh out the details of jokes and allow the audience to embrace the comedian even more. Gary Gulman. Whitmer Thomas…

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