Day: May 23, 2019

Review: The Lonely Island Presents “The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience” on Netflix

Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone grew up in the East Bay when the Oakland A’s ran the American League in the late 1980s. In a brand-new surprise Netflix special, The Lonely Island has dropped a half-hour collection of music videos all about that team, that time and that place. Never mind that Samberg looks like Samberg, while Schaffer’s take on McGwire resembles a mash-up of Justin Timberlake with Danny McBride’s Kenny Powers.Their half-hour Netflix special is not just a collection of raps, but also a love letter to the East Bay and the late 1980s.Directed and edited...

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Review: Wanda Sykes, “Not Normal” on Netflix

The first Netflix special for Wanda Sykes also is the first for any black woman in stand-up, which jeepers creepers, should not be considered normal for 2019. And yet. Here we are. Onscreen, Sykes has found a lengthy and lucrative career as the audience’s voice of reason — whether as the friendly foil in black-ish, The New Adventures of Christine and Curb Your Enthusiasm — or as herself speaking truth to society in series such as Wanda At Large, Wanda Does It, and her short-lived late-night talker, The Wanda Sykes Show.At 55, she’s even more embracing of her physicality onstage.She mocks Trump’s lack of self-awareness in even...

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Review: “Still Laugh-In: The Stars Celebrate” on Netflix

What weird, wacky stuff. Then, and now. In 1969 and 2019. The star that ties it all together still? Lily Tomlin! Laugh-In landed right in the middle of the zeitgeist, finding the seam between the broad strokes of The Carol Burnett Show and the scandalous satire of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (both also on CBS). It attracted all of the top celebrities, including 1968 presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon. Nixon’s “sock it to me?” cameo may have provided just enough difference with indifferent voters — just as Donald J. Trump’s Fallon hair-flip and SNL hosting on NBC may have 48 years later — to win...

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