Review: Taylor Tomlinson, “Quarter-Life Crisis” on Netflix

Taylor Tomlinson has an old-school stand-up comedy approach that belies her young age.

It’s jarring to hear a twentysomething make jokes about kids these days, and yet, here we are. Tomlinson must’ve just made the generational cutoff of kids who got spanked by her parents, because she’s on the outside with the rest of us looking askance at modern-day parents who treat their kids as equals.

But it’s comforting to see a 20-something deliver a spirited defense for why young adulthood is not all it’s cracked up to be by those of us who have aged out and grown nostalgic for our youth. As Tomlinson explains: “What you miss is a time in your life where you didn’t have a lot of responsibilities because nobody expected anything from you.” She then follows that thread to its logical comedy conclusion: Young people suck.

Tomlinson reckons with her own suckage in this hour, with the foresight that she needs to get her personal act together before her personality hardens by age 30.

Her professional act, on the other hand: Quite solid.

She knows who she is and how to play into her strengths and defects for laughs.

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Sean L. McCarthy

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