Day: March 12, 2017

Review: Jerrod Carmichael, “8” on HBO

I wrote up eight thoughts worth sharing and exploring while watching Jerrod Carmichael’s new hour of stand-up, 8, on HBO. Bo Burnham directed Carmichael in 8 for HBO, which made for some interesting and special choices, from the formal dress code and setting of putting young people in the Masonic Hall in New York City, to jumping both in and out of the hour at either end without a formal introduction or applause. Here’s thought 7 of 8, from my review in Decider: Do Carmichael’s rigorously honest assertions work better in a broadcast network sitcom or on a stand-up...

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Review: Amy Schumer, “The Leather Special” on Netflix

Amy Schumer’s stand-up specials have jumped from Comedy Central — the network that showcased her rise from roasts to Inside Amy Schumer — to HBO and now Netflix. Because how can Comedy Central compete with Netflix at this point? But that’s beside the point of this review. Schumer calls her Netflix hour The Leather Special because she’s wearing all leather, which itself references comedians before her. As I wrote in my review of the hour for Decider: Like other leather-wearing stand-ups before her – Eddie Murphy and Andrew “Dice” Clay – Schumer certainly has reached the height of her...

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