Day: August 22, 2015

Tig Notaro: “Boyish Girl Interrupted” (HBO)

If you’ve followed any comedy at all over the past few years, then you undoubtedly know or have heard about Tig Notaro and what these¬†years have been like for her. There’s a documentary about that (on Netflix) and you could see her reference it amid jokes and a unique road trip tour with Jon Dore (on Showtime). Just look at all of the famous funny people offering testimonials to Tig in this tease for HBO (and also for Twitter, where they took turns, one person each day Tweeting on her behalf because she refuses to Tweet¬†@TigNotaro): But what about...

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Natasha Leggero: “Live At Bimbo’s” (Comedy Central)

Natasha Leggero opens her first hour special on Comedy Central with a five-minute music video, “Diamond Pussy,” in which she raps and tells an executive played by Thomas Lennon that she wanted to call her entire special, “Diamond Pussy.” What would the Leggero who served as a judge on season 7 of Last Comic Standing have to say about this opening to the Leggero who stars in Natasha Leggero: Live at Bimbo’s? Better hope there’s enough jokes in the other 36 minutes to make this special special. Actually, make that 34 minutes. There’s a two-minute video that buttons the...

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Maz Jobrani: “I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV” (Showtime)

As far as we’re led to believe Maz Jobrani warms up his own audience for his newest stand-up special, I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV, which premiered Friday night on Showtime. Jobrani has guest-starred on TV in the likes of True Blood and Shameless, and appeared in the short-lived cult comedy The Knights of Prosperity on ABC in 2007. As a stand-up, he has performed around the world, and each of his specials has arrived with a more accommodating and accessible title. First, “The Axis of Evil” on Comedy Central; then two previous solo specials...

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