Day: July 7, 2019

Jerry Seinfeld mocks other shows that interview celebs in cars as copycats, before being reminded he wasn’t first to do it, either

Promoting his new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, star/creator Jerry Seinfeld decided to tease others who have produced and made their own series that take place inside automobiles. View this post on Instagram The Original⁣ Coffee-drinking⁣ Car-driving⁣ Comedian-talking⁣ talk show⁣ July 19⁣ @netflixisajoke A post shared by Jerry Seinfeld (@jerryseinfeld) on Jul 2, 2019 at 8:01am PDT Except, of course, Seinfeld wasn’t first to think of filming funny people in cars, either. Even if you dismiss the lawsuit against Seinfeld by his own Comedian director, claiming he was the originator of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee! Seinfeld...

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Review: Lavell Crawford, “New Look, Same Funny!” on Showtime

Lavell Crawford, who burst onto the national scene a decade ago thanks to Last Comic Standing, then found himself a role in both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, has lost a lot of weight over the past couple of years. And yet, despite already joking about his weight loss in his 2017 Showtime special, he’s referring to it directly in the title for his 2019 follow-up. He devotes half of the new hour to his decision to undergo gastric sleeve surgery, with jokes about how he endured good nurse-evil nurse treatment afterward, and how the surgery impacted his...

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Review: Katherine Ryan, “The Glitter Room” on Netflix

Katherine Ryan, a Canadian native who made her name in Britain on the telly before coming back to North America, has her second stand-up comedy special out on Netflix. Although Ryan will joke at length about the lengths to which societal customs, including fashion, pressure women back toward longstanding norms, the actual “glitter room” refers to the room her nine-year-old daughter, Violet, has designed for herself in their London flat. Ryan did have to stand up for herself against the protestations of her male contractor, however; and by becoming financially independent enough as a comedian to buy a home...

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Review: Ramy Youssef, “Feelings” on HBO

If you haven’t yet watched comedian Ramy Youssef’s semi-autobiographical series on Hulu, Ramy, then now is a perfect time to binge it. Even if you haven’t, though, you’ll get a taste of what’s to come in Ramy by seeing Youssef’s debut stand-up comedy special on HBO, Feelings. That he taped this hour in Chicago might not be entirely coincidental. Youssef’s points hit home time and again with infamous Windy City personalities, from Jussie Smollett, to R. Kelly, to former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. He ponders nearby Midwesterners such as Michael Jackson and LeBron James, too, exploring how...

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Review: Mike Epps, “Only One Mike” on Netflix

Getting recognized as Day-Day still after almost 20 years since his appearance in the Friday movie sequels is a saving grace for comedian and actor Mike Epps. As he’s quick to acknowledge and joke about. Or even not so quick to mention, in the case of his second Netflix comedy special, Only One Mike. As I wrote for Decider: At 48, Epps is a grown man with four daughters, young women now at the age where they’re bringing young men around the house.This presents humorous dilemmas for the comedian. Has a lifetime of lying and cheating on women come...

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