Review: Simon Amstell, “Set Free,” on Netflix

As I wrote in Decider:

Whether or not you already know who Simon Amstell is, you can figure out rather quickly just by looking at and listening to him that the idea of Amstell attending a sex party is fodder for high comedy.

But that’s just one story of several in his first Netflix comedy special, Set Free, in which the comedian explores his struggles with intimacy. And it’s all preceded with a brilliant opener that crushes the notion in each of our head’s, most especially his, that any of us are, in fact, special.

“What I had to learn eventually was it doesn’t really matter how funny or interesting you think you can be,” he says. “You still can’t get everyone to love you.”

Read my full review on Decider.

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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