Day: June 1, 2019

Review: Colin Quinn, “Red State Blue State” on CNN

CNN wanted Colin Quinn’s new comedy special to air because of how he splits America down the middle (even suggesting the country follow suit) in his latest hour, Red State Blue State. But Quinn makes a couple of even greater points, perhaps, outside of that central premise. Instead, the comedian pivots back to America’s First Amendment, and reveals just how much the Internet and social media has tainted our freedom of speech. To wit: “Free speech did nothing, but gave everybody an opinion. And social media ruined opinion. Because free speech was never meant to go electric. That was...

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Review: “Historical Roasts” on Netflix

Jeff Ross is host, executive producer and presumably the star of Historical Roasts on Netflix. But it’s not about him. Nor is about living people, for that matter. Historical Roasts wants us to enjoy seeing dead celebrities brought to task via the modern-day roast format. Does it work? Well… Joke for joke, the best roasting comes from the stand-ups with the most experience with the form, from Natasha Leggero as Mary Todd Lincoln to Glaser as Cobain.While the comedians and actors stay true to their impersonations, their jokes sometimes break the fourth dimensional wall to hit home even harder...

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