Day: July 12, 2019

Review: “Bill Burr Presents IanTalk: Ideas Not Worth Spreading” on Comedy Central

In this age when comedians like to tease other comedians for delivering “TED talks” instead of stand-up comedy, it’s fascinating that nobody has actually used the TED talk format yet to both embrace and mock the trend. Until now. Thanks to Ian Edwards. And Bill Burr. Bill Burr Presents IanTalk:┬áIdeas Not Worth Spreading, the second of three All Things Comedy produced specials previously announced by Comedy Central, premieres tonight at midnight. It’s set up to look like a legit TED talk, complete with the letters TED and a red circle onstage, with Burr using a headset mic to introduce...

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Reviewing the reviews of Aziz Ansari’s “Right Now” on Netflix

If you’re looking for my review of Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix special, Right Now, right now it’s on Decider. Media outlets generally avoid running critiques of stand-up specials. For whatever reason, some 12 years after I started The Comic’s Comic, there’s still not a lot of others taking a critical look at comedy — despite all of the journalists and bloggers who weigh in on movies, music and other performing arts. But when a comedian breaks through the noise, or even becomes the noise, the mainstream media and everyone else will rush in with their own hot takes and...

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