Day: April 25, 2018

Review: Kevin James, “Never Don’t Give Up,” on Netflix

Say what you will about Kevin James. I did in my review of his new Netflix special, Never Don’t Give Up, over on Decider.com. No matter what you think of his comedy, or his choices of material (I can’t bring myself to watch Kevin Can Wait, although I have somehow seen both of the Paul Blart movies), you have to agree that he commits fully to it — whether it’s onscreen or onstage. James throws himself, sometimes physically/literally, into his act. He aims to...

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Review: Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher, “The Honeymoon Stand Up Special,” on Netflix

It sounds like pure schtick, but it works great both as a touring stage act, as well as a collection of streaming episodes. I’m talking about The Honeymoon Stand Up Special on Netflix, which takes newlywed comedians Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher, finds them in the middle of their 2017 stand-up tour, and films them in two separate half-hour installments, followed by one half-hour where the two perform “The Couples Roast” on volunteer couples from the live audience. They filmed this in Austin, in the same club where you also could see them work together from the year before...

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Review: Greg Davies, “You Magnificent Beast,” on Netflix

Greg Davies is and has been famous in Britain on the telly for decades now. Of course, if you’re not devoted to Britcoms, then you might not know who Davies is, or why we should care. So here’s the stats: Davies is almost 50, upward of six-foot-eight, and full-bodied. Most of his stand-up comedy has come from recalling times with his parents. Now that his dad has died, and his mum isn’t so keen on Greg talking about her any longer, what’s a big bloke to do? Well, as I wrote in my review of his Netflix special, You...

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Review: Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity, on Netflix

If you can get past all of the unnecessary dick jokes from the host, Seth Rogen’s Hilarity For Charity, which he actually co-presents on Netflix with actress Lauren Miller Rogen (whose mother has Alzheimer’s), there’s an interesting and special take on the comedy special going on here, with fund-raising for the caregivers and caregiving of Alzheimer’s patients. Go to DonateHFC.com to donate. Interesting in that they staged self-aware comedy sketches in front of the live audience, while filming it as if they were somewhere else. Special in seeing which comedians took the benefit as a challenge to see how...

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