Day: November 18, 2018

Review: Erik Griffin, “AmERIKan Warrior” on Showtime

Erik Griffin played a Vietnam vet in Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, but his 2018 stand-up comedy special portrays him as a different kind of AmERIKan Warrior. “There’s a war on comedy and free speech, and I’m a soldier on the front lines,” Griffin tells the audience. Only he’s not about to wage the kind of offensive for offensive language that you may expect from a comedian making such a proclamation. To wit: Griffin not only diffuses and confuses the tension in the room with his Black Panther review, but also lets us in on his playful demeanor. He’s...

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Review: Cameron Esposito, “Rape Jokes”

Cameron Esposito’s 2018 stand-up special, Rape Jokes, raised $20,000 in donations for RAINN in the first two days she featured it on her website this summer. But don’t think or fear that you’re in for an hour of jokes about rape. That’s simply not the case. Esposito has delivered a powerful hour, instead, about the persistence of the patriarchy, its complicity in rape culture, and how cultural norms and standards bring us up viewing sex in all sorts of weird ways. Her opening joke isn’t even about rape, per se, but about how horrible Donald J. Trump has been...

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