Month: December 2017

Review: Todd Barry, “Spicy Honey” on Netflix

When you think of spicy honey, you think of Todd Barry? I don’t know that I’d ever describe Barry’s comedic styling as sweet with fiery undertones, but that’s what he called his first Netflix stand-up special. Todd Barry: Spicy Honey. Instead: I’d call him sardonic. As I wrote in my review for Decider, he doesn’t leave much on the cutting room floor: Barry jokes multiple times during the hour about moments he planned on cutting (but obviously didn’t), leaving in a bit in which an audience members approaches the stage to retie Barry’s shoes. The mess may get fixed,...

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Episode #187: 2017 Comedy MVPs with Jason Zinoman of the New York Times

For a third consecutive year, New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman has invited me into his home so we can tackle the year in comedy, but hopefully from a largely positive standpoint by focusing on the MVPs, the most valuable performers in comedy this year. In 2017, despite the Trump effect having much more serious repercussions than some expected, we had plenty of positives to look back on, from Nathan Fielder to Jordan Peele, as well as Tig Notaro, Dave Chappelle, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Donald Glover, Jimmy Kimmel and more. Who’d we single out this year? I...

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Howie Mandel Just For Laughs Gala gets a third year on The CW

Third time’s not only the charm, but also a full-on trend, so safe to say The CW and Just For Laughs are very happy together. After all, The CW will celebrate a third consecutive year of broadcasting the Howie Mandel Gala from Montreal’s Just For Laughs. The 90-minute primetime stand-up showcase, taped in July at JFL, will premiere Jan. 10, 2018, on The CW, and this year feature performances from Cedric the Entertainer, Cristela Alonzo, Ron Funches, Orny Adams, Gad Elmaleh, John Heffron, Martin Urbano, and Gina Yashere. Online on CW Seed, you also can check out another Just For...

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Discovery spins off Cash Cab into an elevator with webseries game show, Cash Lift

After successfully reviving Cash Cab this month with original host Ben Bailey accompanied by celebrity cameos in his NYC taxi cab, the Discovery series has launched an online companion game show, set in an elevator. Cash Lift, hosted by comedians Alex Weber and Zainab Johnson, who surprise hotel guests. They’re not in the elevator themselves, but rather the comedians ask the trivia questions through a speaker, with hotel guest contestants answering as many questions as they can before reaching their floor. If they get a question wrong, they win nothing, and head back down to the lobby. There are...

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