Review: Drew Michael (HBO)

I’d watched Drew Michael’s HBO special, interviewed him about it, and written a review for Decider before reading anyone else’s takes on it. And of course, I’d seen Drew perform stand-up multiple times in the past few years, too, so it’s not like his material itself would surprise me.

But after watching his hour on HBO, and then reading the other reviews elsewhere, this is the rare case where I don’t really want to share too many of my thoughts with you first.

I mean, you can read my review of Drew Michael over at

And you can watch this “behind the scenes” clip with Drew and his director, the comedian Jerrod Carmichael, to see what’s going on.

Especially after Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette, I’d much rather hear and see your thoughts on what Drew Michael has done, and then talk with you all about it in the comments.

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Sean L. McCarthy

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3 thoughts on “Review: Drew Michael (HBO)

  1. This was so horrible…… I had to look this up to see if anyone gave it reviews and see who he was. It was the worst comedy special on TV I’ve ever seen. It was more of a drama. Please don’t waste your time. If you plan on watching it do yourself a favor, DVR it then play it before bed so it gives you something to put you to sleep.

  2. I’m always open to new takes on old formats. This special is unlike anything I’ve seen attempted in stand-up and I applaud the motivation that inspired this project. That being said, this was not the mind blowing experience I had hoped for and still prefer the more standard comedy special format. Jerrod has at least opened the door for comics to seek more intriguing nuances to such a saturated format.

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