Day: February 18, 2019

Review: James Davis, “Live From The Town,” on Comedy Central

James Davis landed on Comedy Central with his own TV series two years ago thanks to Snapchat. His success on that social media video platform gave him the opportunity to star in Hood Adjacent. For his next act, Davis went to Oakland to film his first hour special, Live From the Town. He gets his first laughs jokingly comparing his live audience to social media profile pictures, and segues into a bit about how much Facebook has changed in the past 15 years. There’s a vast difference, he explains, between “wall talk” and the messages reserved for direct messaging....

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Review: Ron Funches, “Giggle Fit” on Comedy Central

Ron Funches kicked off Comedy Central’s month of stand-up specials in January, and he’s a great choice to do so. Start your morning, your week, your month, your year off right with an hour of Funches, who is full of giggly pleasure. He’s not the kind of comedian who rants about the things in this world that upset him. Oh no. “I just talk about things I love and enjoy,” Funches tells us early in Giggle Fit. Topping that list: Weed and wrestling. Both figure into an opening fantasy sequence featuring wrestling legend Ric Flair. The younger RF enters...

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Review: Steve Lemme & Kevin Heffernan, “The Potential Farewell Tour”

Spoiler alert: Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan aren’t leaving comedy anytime soon. In fact, they co-star in a brand-new truTV comedy series premiering this March, Tacoma FD. Roll the clip. But let’s give them the benefit of the doubt, and suppose that when Lemme and Heffernan went on tour together to record last year’s “Potential Farewell Tour,” that the potential was far greater than it is now. This was the second tour for the duo (they also produced a full Broken Lizard live show years before that). The duo’s previous special landed on Comedy Central. This time around, they’re...

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Review: Ted Alexandro, “Senior Class On Earth”

Ted Alexandro has a long history of activism offstage, not only on behalf of the downtrodden, but also for his fellow comedians. So if you’re looking for someone to tell you the truth about this concrete jungle where dreams are made of, Ted’s your guy. “Living in New York is like one extended game of How Well Are You Hiding Your Poverty,” Alexandro says in opening his new hour, released by All Things Comedy. “And Depression.” The key to living your best life in the big city, then, is a matter of perception. Because the reality finds comedians living...

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