Review: Ryan Hamilton, “Happy Face” on Netflix

I wrote a glowing review of Ryan Hamilton‘s first Netflix stand-up special over at Decider, because he earned it! Watching Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face will make your face happy, too. A decade of living and doing comedy in New York City has done this Idaho boy good. And given him the ability to bridge both worlds with aplomb.

From my review:

“Where do you want to begin. Should we start with my face?” Yes. Hamilton’s face does rest or revert to a large, toothy grin as the special’s title suggests, although he doesn’t always feel so happy on the inside.

As he self-deprecates his visage to ingratiate himself with you, he notes: “I think I could sell ice cream in the ’50s.” True that. In fact, upon hearing that admission, you’ll wonder why casting agents haven’t already found a role for him in all sorts of period pieces, from Mad Men to Jersey Boys. Hamilton’s a walking Pleasantville.

Read my full review on Decider.

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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