Comedy is art, and Drew Michael’s HBO special defies you to define it

The first time I saw Drew Michael perform live, the experience at QED in Astoria felt surreal, like an out-of-body experience. So seeing his comedy, devoid of an actual audience, performed in a virtual void on HBO, doesn’t come as any shock to me. It might you, though, when you see his first HBO special Saturday, whether or not you’d previously seen his Comedy Central half-hour or watched him live in a comedy club. Michael told me on the phone last week that he and Jerrod Carmichael, who made his directorial debut with Drew Michael on HBO, both took issue with...

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