Day: November 29, 2017

Review: Brian Regan, “Nunchucks and Flamethrowers” on Netflix

Brian Regan went on a riff earlier this month when he played Carnegie Hall for the first time as part of the 2017 New York Comedy Festival. And Regan got downright sincere and soft, talking about his father, who had recently passed away. Regan’s first Netflix special in a two special deal came out Thanksgiving week, and he dedicated Nunchucks and Flamethrowers to his father. The second half-hour of Nunchucks focuses on his family, too. As I wrote in my Decider review: Here he really shines, because his focus on his parents and brothers allows him to tap into...

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Review: Bob Saget, “Zero to Sixty” via Comedy Dynamics

In 2017, when every comedian wants to be on Netflix, it’s rare to find someone put out their new stand-up special everywhere BUT Netflix. But Bob Saget isn’t every comedian. And he’d focus on the word butt and go off on a tangent for a few minutes before we could get to the next paragraph. He didn’t even intend to film Zero to Sixty, but Comedy Dynamics had an opening earlier this year when they’d booked the Music Hall of Williamsburg for filming, and Saget jumped at the opportunity. Comedy Dynamics (which produced four of this year’s five Grammy...

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Review: DeRay Davis, “How to be Black” on Netflix

I’m behind on my Empire watching, so I must confess I couldn’t tell you what DeRay Davis did on the FOX drama about hip-hop, but after watching his first Netflix special, I learned just how many other projects he had popped up in the background of over the years. The bit of his that pops the most for me is something I saw him perform earlier this year in Brooklyn at a Father’s Day showcase, where he cuts through the racial divide between Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter with a seemingly simple yet overlooked solution. In How...

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Review: Lavell Crawford, “Home for the Holidays” on Showtime

Lavell Crawford and I had a great time catching up this summer when he was visiting New York City, telling me about losing weight so he could stay healthy for his kids. You probably best know Crawford from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul as Saul’s bodyguard. Maybe you remember he finished runner-up on a season of Last Comic Standing, too? His newest hour on Showtime, Home for the Holidays, is an apt watch this time of year. Obviously. As I wrote in my review of Crawford’s special on Decider: Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, Thanksgiving is and was Crawford’s favorite...

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Review: Judah Friedlander, “America is the Greatest Country in the United States” on Netflix

If you remember Judah Friedlander from 30 Rock, you likely remember his customized joke hats. For his onstage character in stand-up comedy, Friedlander’s always dressed in the same uniform: Yellow T-shirt, black windbreaker jacket over it, with a red-white-and-blue hat, all of which emblazoned with the words WORLD CHAMPION. Recently, he’s switched out the cap for ones that say the same thing in braille or sign language, just to keep you guessing. But he stays in that character. Judah Friedlander and I had a wonderful conversation earlier this month about how he developed the “World Champion” character over the...

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