Review: “Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross and Dave Attell,” on Netflix

Dave Attell has long been one of the top joke-writers and joke-tellers in the comedy game.

Turns out he’s even funnier when he has someone else onstage to work off of.

Who knew?

Attell figured that out a few years ago, inviting comedians onstage to join him in his late-late-night spots at The Comedy Cellar. And now he and Jeff Ross have put together three episodes of this comedy magic in a new Netflix special, Bumping Mics.

As I wrote in my review for Decider:

The series makes the best use of their talents. Ross, the Roastmaster General, works the crowd and trades barbs with Attell. Attell uses Ross as his foil, his straight-man, so his quick wit can unleash even more wickedly funny thoughts per minute. They physically bump microphones after particularly good ones gotten at the expense of the other.

Between them, they have amassed quite the fandom among their peers, both in comedy and in show business, and they turned out in force for this showcase.

Bruce Willis, Amy Schumer, Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Michelle Wolf, Hasan Minhaj, Nikki Glaser, Rachel Feinstein, Wil Sylvince, Joe Machi, Ken Jeong, Michael Che and a drunk Paul Rudd all get in on the act. As do some of Ross’s extended family and friends, and even a few willing audience members.

Read my full review in Decider.

Sean L. McCarthy

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