Day: January 2, 2018

Reviewed: The best comedy specials of 2017

We saw a record number of hour-long stand-up comedy specials released on video in 2017. Were they all worth your time? Probably not. But I can recommend more than a few. A few dozen, in fact. These are the comedy specials from the year just passed that I’d watch with you again (and in some cases, again and again and again). In alphabetical order: Orny Adams: More Than Loud (Showtime) Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy (Netflix) Fahim Anwar: There’s No Business Like Show Business (Seeso) Judd Apatow: The Return (Netflix) Maria Bamford: Old Baby (Netflix) Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For...

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Last Things First: My biggest podcast episodes of 2017

Before I deliver some hot, fresh episodes of my podcast, Last Things First, to ring in the new year, you really should check out my year-end episode with Jason Zinoman, the comedy critic for The New York Times. It’s our third annual celebration of the best moments and people in comedy, culminating in our nominations for Comedy MVP of 2017. We’re like the Siskel and Ebert of comedy! Get on board our comedy bandwagon before we become so curmudgeonly that we’re the Statler and Waldorf of the funny business. In my third year of podcasting, I sat down with...

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