Day: June 4, 2017

Review: Andrew Santino, “Home Field Advantage” on Showtime

I might not be the biggest fan of Andrew Santino or his character on Showtime’s new series I’m Dying Up Here, but at least his beard is real now and now, compared to whatever he sported a few years ago on ABC’s short-lived Mixology. And as he explains in his first hour special, also on Showtime, I might be predisposed against him as a red-head. Or so he jokes in Home Field Advantage, recorded at the Vic in his hometown of Chicago, where his grandmother introduces him onstage. Santino also had a buddy draw him the most Chicago illustration he could...

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Review: Al Madrigal, “Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy” on Showtime

Like most stand-up comedians, Al Madrigal had not expected we’d ever live to see a President Trump. “I didn’t think it would happen. It happened!” Madrigal, who plays Edgar in the new Showtime series, I’m Dying Up Here, jokes in his first hour special for the network, Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy, that his own Mexican father didn’t rape or murder anyone, no matter what Trump has implied about Madrigal’s compatriots. Now his grandfather, on the other hand…he has a much more colorful saga about how the Madrigals ventured north into America. Madrigal actually is only half Mexican, and the other half...

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Review: Mark Normand, “Don’t Be Yourself” on Comedy Central

Mark Normand has toured with Amy Schumer as her opening act for the past few years, and she didn’t let him forget whose boss, as she not only produced Normand’s first hour stand-up comedy special for Comedy Central, but also appears in the title and in the opening scene. Amy Schumer Presents Mark Normand: Don’t Be Yourself demonstrates how Normand has become a headliner in his own right. Normand delivers stand-up as if he’s been doing it since before he was born, with a classic cadence about him that even extends to some of his linguistic choices. Like “cut back on...

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Review: Sarah Silverman, “A Speck of Dust” on Netflix

Sarah Silverman made her comedy bones in the 1990s and 2000s by delivering dirty jokes with a look that influenced a generation of young millennial women who have since entered stand-up comedy. But Silverman also has proven her worth in this business by demonstrating her range, from musical talents to her ability to inhabit more serious dramatic acting roles (Take This Waltz, Masters of Sex), to writing a memoir showcasing her vulnerability in “The Bedwetter.” Her first special, Jesus Is Magic, played in movie theaters. Her second, We Are Miracles, debuted on HBO and earned her an Emmy for...

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