Month: July 2017

Episode #165: Nate Bargatze

Nate Bargatze is Jimmy Fallon’s favorite stand-up comedian, and Bargatze has the Tonight Show credits to back that up. Nate also has gone on tour with Fallon, multiple tours to entertain the troops in Iraq and Kuwait, and has two hit comedy albums to boot: Yelled At By A Clown and Full Time Magic. Those are references to his father, who was a clown and now is a magician. Bargatze released his first hour special on Comedy Central in 2016, and he performs in two separate Netflix specials in 2017 — a half-hour as part of The Standups collection,...

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The conundrum of comedy criticism in 2017

This is my 11th consecutive year covering Montreal’s Just For Laughs, but the first in which I’ve experienced serious blowback while still at the festival. What’s going on here? A few different things, and I’ll try to clear the air on as many of them as I can. Usually, comedians, comedy fans and the industry all look forward to my JFL coverage, whether they’re in Montreal, too, or reading about it vicariously from afar. Last year, the feedback was raw and overwhelmingly positive when I assessed the problems with how the 2016 Unrepped New Faces were handled. This year,...

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Review: Aditi Mittal, “Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say” on Netflix

How’s your Hinglish? That’s not a rhetorical question. Because Aditi Mittal, the first Indian woman to get her own Netflix hour comedy special, freely mixes English and Hindi in Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say. Most of her work translates easily. But as I wrote in my review on Decider: “I realized that being 30 and single and an Indian woman is like being that Tupperware container at the back of the fridge,” Mittal jokes. “Where you’re like, ‘Is this still good?’” It is, and she is, but you’ll want to turn on the subtitles/closed-captioning because of Mittal’s use...

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Review: Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special on Netflix

Is Joe Mande using the power of “The Secret” with the title of his first Netflix hour comedy special? Not exactly. As I wrote in my review on Decider: The conceit, in fact, is that Mande wants to win the (fictitious) “American Humour Award,” and before we see him perform any actual stand-up, Mande talks to the camera in the style of TV shows he’s worked on such as Parks and Recreation and Modern Family, he seeks out advice from former “American Humour Award” winners Bo Burnham and George Wallace, and casually shoots hoops with “Joe’s Best Friend” and NBA All-Star Blake Griffin. It’s all...

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HBO bringing back All Def Comedy for new season in December 2017

After a one-hour special last fall, HBO has announced All Def Comedy is coming back for six new episodes this December. Tony Rock will host the series, as he did last year’s special. It’ll tape Oct. 10-11 at the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles — performers yet to be announced, but HBO said they’ll include “stand-up performances in a variety of styles, spotlighting up-and-coming comics discovered at All Def Digital’s live weekly comedy showcase and special, and its online video platform to discover the best emerging comics, as well as “Def Comedy” veterans.” It continues a relationship with executive...

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