Archive for the ‘Stand Up Special Review’ Category

8 jerrodThere was once a time when HBO had ruled the world of comedy producing specials from some of the greats like George Carlin, Robin Williams, Chris Rock, and so many more that it’s too much to list. For those of you that do not know who budding young comedian Jerrod Carmichael is, you may remember him from comedies like Neighbors and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising or his own show on NBC The Carmichael Show. Well Jerrod has a new comedy special that aired on HBO entitled Jerrod Carmichael-8 which was recorded live from Masonic Lodge’s Grand Hall in New York City. In the special, he tackles all sorts of subjects that range from Trump’s victory, animal rights, supporting the troops, global warming, being a good boyfriend, cheating, Jay-Z, Beyonce, fairy tales, grandparents in love?, plan b, being a parent, pro choice, fears, ISIS, and so much more in this one hour comedy special.

jerrodI don’t exactly know how to categorize or even describe the style of Jerrod Carmichael because it’s a sarcastic, but insightful style that he has. One thing that I will say is that after watching him for about ten minutes, you can definitely predict his jokes because he does the same thing over and over again. That was my one of my problems with the show overall was that it became too predictable and he sort of lost me for a while. I remember that there was only one joke in the whole show that I actually laughed at while I just sat there watching waiting for him to think that he was being controversial. Not all of it is bad though because you can definitely tell that he has a bright future ahead of him, I may just be out of his age range and that is a hard pill for me to swallow. He does a good job interacting with the crowd during the show and they seemed to enjoy his show which is another reason I say that he has a bright future. Check out the special for yourself because you may enjoy it more than I did.

mikeFor this week’s Tuesday Stand Up special, I wanted to check out a comedy special from someone that I hadn’t seen before and it was new like made in 2017. The comedian I chose for today is Mike Birbiglia and you may know him as Danny Pearson from Orange Is The New Black or you may remember him from films like Popstar: Never Stop Never StoppingThe Fault In Our StarsTrainwreck, or Sleepwalk With Me. Well. Mike just released a comedy special on Netfix entitled Mike Birbiglia- Thank God For Jokes which was recorded at The Brooklyn Academy Of Music-Harvey Theater. In the special, he tackles all sorts of subjects like the Jimmy Kimmel Intro Video, jokes, non offensive jokes, on time people vs late people, Yoga, inner thoughts, being broke, getting pulled over and arrested, Jesus and church, Hymns, not cursing at shows, The Muppets, nuts on a plane, Catsachusetts, Jared Leto, and so much more in this hilarious special from the Massachusetts native.

mike 2This was a very interesting comedy special to say the least and do not misconstrue my words because you have to read everything I say. I am going to give Mike Birbiglia one thing and that he has a very interesting approach to stand up comedy that is very calm. He has a certain zen about himself when he is on there and his style is very unique where he is almost a storyteller when he is up there in front of people. The whole special is essentially about this time he had to work the Gotham City Awards and he intertwines all these stories around it. One of the things I loved about his show was the crowd interaction he had whether it was constantly making the people that were late to his show a part of a running joke or just his overall crowd interactions that happened during it.The joke about Catsachusetts is pretty funny as well and maybe I connect with it from a personal connection since he is from Massachusetts. If you enjoy smart comedy then this is the guy to watch because he is funny in my opinion and he has a lot of great material too. I look forward to whatever else he has planned for the future. That is why I am going to give the special an A- for a final grade. By the way, check out the joke involving Jared Leto, it’s hilarious.

cincoFor this week’s Tuesday Stand Up, we find our selves coming back to Netflix for what should be an amazing Netflix stand up special because of the featured performer. I mean lets admit it, Netflix has been on their a game for a while now. Whether you love his jokes about Hot Pockets, Donuts, or you loved his TV Land series The Jim Gaffigan Show, you have to admit that you love comedian Jim Gaffigan. Well, Jim returned to the Palace Theater in Columbus, Ohio for his fifth conveniently titled Netflix original stand up special Jim Gaffigan-Cinco. In Cinco, Jim tackles all sorts of interesting topics like being fat and loving it, Summer vs Winter, Siberia, Wisconsin, Getting tricked to move to the midwest, spring vs fall, Mary Had A Little Lamb, vacationing in Western Mass, hiking, SUV’s vs Trucks, TV Shows, Netflix, Cable, Flip Phones, morning people, okay costumes vs not ok costumes, Airport security, the fair, elevators, and so much more hilarious topics that is sure to make you laugh.

jim-gaffiganIf you have never seen a Jim Gaffigan stand up special, then you definitely do not know what you are missing out on. The man is a genius in the world of comedy because not only are the topics funny, but the way he delivers them is phenomenal. The delivery and the reasoning he gives you behind his jokes is what catches your attention from the start. He is truly an amazing storyteller which is kind of an important thing about a stand up comedian in my opinion. I mean for example, he talks about foliage which may seem like a borign subject, but the delivery of the punch line in, “hey kids want to jump in the pile of dead leaves? No, I’ll just light them on fire” is what makes you laugh. The tandem he goes on about there being too many TV shows and how it’s like being in relationships is freakin hilarious cause it’s true. I know during the special, he says that this is his fifth special for five kids that he has so hopefully this is the last, but I hope for sure that there will definitely be more from Jim Gaffigan. I haven’t laughed this hard at a special in a very long time and I thank Jim for that. That is why I am going to give the special an A+ for a final grade.

roy-wood-jr-640x496For this week’s Tuesday Stand Up Special, we wanted to do something different because so many times we just check out Netflix Stand Up specials and there’s so much more out there. Sometimes I forget that there is a channel on all cable and satellite providers called Comedy Central which was built on stand up and original programming. So with that being said, I decided to check out a brand new special on Comedy Central from Roy Wood Jr. You may be asking yourself, just who is Roy Wood Jr.? Whether he made you laugh on Sullivan & Son or he currently makes you laugh on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, you know who he is and if you don’t then be aware. The special that he recorded from Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, GA is Roy Wood Jr.-Father Figure. In the special Roy Wood Jr. tackles topics like the Confederate Flag, Gay people, The  N Word, white tour guide vs a black tour guide in a black history museum, the blues, patriotic songs, Georgia, James Brown’s Living In America, humming and slow motion falling in civil rights movies, two different Americas, McDonald’s charging for sauce, Cruise ship captains vs airline pilots, and many more hilarious topics.

royAt first when you watch the special you start to think that maybe Roy has an agenda with his comedy special like so many others have done (e.g. Iliza and her women’s rights). Then you continue to watch the special and you start to figure out that this guy is hilarious in the way that he delivers the joke which starts off like a serious antidote, but then the delivery of the punch line makes you laugh. One of my favorite jokes in the whole special has to do with the film Titanic. Yeah you know the one that stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The joke that he delivers is absolutely hilarious because it actually could be true and he shed some new light on a film that I was not a fan of. He talks about how Titanic is a superhero film and if you don’t believe him on that, then listen to what he has to say cause he may change your mind. This is definitely one that you should put on your list to watch because it’s great and funny. I am going to give Roy Wood Jr.’s Father Figure an A- for a final grade.

maxresdefault-1When you think of comedians and who may just be the biggest around right now in Hollywood, you immediately think of Kevin Hart who is on his proverbial run as we speak. Whether you have seen his comedy specials like Let Me Explain, Seriously Funny, I’m A Grown Little Man, or maybe you’ve seen his blockbuster films like Ride Along 1 and 2, The Wedding Ringer, or even Get Hard, you are familiar with him. So, I had to see what the big fuss was about when it came to Kevin Hart and I rented his latest stand up special Kevin Hart- What Now? which was filmed in front of a sold out Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Kevin Hart’s comedy stand up specials always start with a film and in this one he is secret agent that has to try and get to his show while playing a card game to get the money with the help of Halle Berry. In the comedy special itself, Kevin tackles all sorts of subjects like getting married, moving to the suburbs, raccoon problems, would you marry someone after an animal attack, The Conjuring, ping pong, sex toys, bad sex, and many more as it was directed by both Tim Story and Leslie Small.

kevin-hart-what-nowIt’s a very weird situation for me to review Kevin Hart because I think I enjoy his stand up more than I do some of his films. When it comes to this one he is absolutely hilarious. I could not stop laughing at so many of his scenarios that he gave you like The Conjuring story or even the whole animal attack story that branched into so many subjects during his special. After watching this special, I am definitely convinced that he is a very funny comedian whereas before I wasn’t. One of my favorite stories that he tells with every special is anything that has to do with his father. Kevin tells you during the special that everything he tells you is true and man isn’t his life hilarious. I remember one special, it was the way his father acted and greeted people that was hilarious. In this one, it’s about a visit his father pays with a girlfriend of his that is in a wheelchair and why he can’t be left alone with the kids that is very funny. You should definitely give Kevin Hart a chance and check out this epic special that set a record for a comedy show. He has a way with connecting with the crowd that reminds me of Eddie Murphy and even Richard Pryor. I am going to give the special an A+ for a final grade.

billIt has been quite some time since the last Tuesday Stand Up special, but I figured that with already a month gone by in the year that I should start watching some of this years specials. The stand up comedian I chose for today won the first ever Stand Up Special Of The Year award for his comedy special Bill Burr- I’m Sorry You Feel That Way for the Monster Entertainment Awards. Bill Burr is one of my favorite stand up comedians that is out there in the scene who occassionally does movies and has an awesome animated series on Netflix called F Is For Family. So, it was only natural that when I saw he had a brand new special on Netflix called Bill Burr- Walk Your Way Out that I was going to check it out. The special was filmed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN and in the special Bill tackles all sorts of topics like the 2016 Presidential election and it’s candidates Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, The Wall, plus size models, shaming, India, getting fat vs working out, McDonalds, going crazy, his plan to eliminate the population, cruises, Hitler, a youtube clip of a gorilla learning sign language, and so much more.

bill-burrAs I said in the above paragraph that I am a huge fan of Bill Burr and everything he has done up to this point. However, I wasn’t a huge fan of the special and that is not me saying that I hated it. I just don’t believe that it tops his last special that he had, but the crowd in Nashville could have had something to do with it. He had some real funny moments during the special like the Gorilla learning sign language one was hilarious, but his whole thing with Hitler and how he would eliminate the population problem didn’t go over well with the crowd and Bill have to explain what he meant kind of killed the joke in my opinion. It’s kind of funny that this special was taped before the election took place because I am a little interested to hear what he thinks now even though I am getting sick of seeing all the political talk int he world right now. He had some really great jokes and then some that were OK meaning it got a little laugh out of me. He is still one of my favorite comedians, but Nashville maybe wasn’t the right place to tape the special. I am going to give the special an B for a final grade.

almost-famousOne of my favorite comedians of the last five or so years has been the one and only Indian Canadian comedian I know Russell Peters. The last time I reviewed a special from Russell was a couple of years ago for his 2013 stand up special Notorious. Russell is the kind of guy who doesn’t pull any punches when he makes his jokes especially with his ethnic background. So, it was only natural that I was going to review his latest Netflix original stand up special Russell Peters: Almost Famous which was a hometown show for him at The Massey Hall in Toronto, CA. In the special, Russell not only uses his parents in this special, but also talks about topics like Asians, real doctors vs “Doctors”, aspirations of a 14 year old, a “hood” doctor, chicken plant, baggage handler, computers, plastic flowers, liking one of your kids better than the other, Russians, sleep, men going to the bathroom at night vs how women go to the bathroom at night, Canadian accents, and so much more in this hilarious one hour special.

russell-petersI truly believe that Russell hit another home run with this comedy special and the topics he touched upon especially when it came to the way he group up vs his own kid. I’m not sure if me laughing hysterically at when he pokes fun at his parents is racist or maybe just the fact that I have foreign parents so I know how funny it is poking fun at them. One of my favorite topics of his show was the part that had to do with doctors. He goes on a whole tangent about it, but it’s hilarious because in some weird way it actually makes sense if you think about it. The other part of the show I love is when he interacts with the crowd because in my opnion those are the priceless moments of the show when he gets to showcase his talent. He seems to have a lot of fun with their ethnic backgrounds and they don’t seem to mind either because it’s all apart of the fun. The other thing I love about the show is that he’s not trying to push a political or social agenda down your throats like I have seen in recent comedy specials. He gives you some life advice like you shouldn’t be afraid to travel, but if he does touch on anything political, it’s real quick and funny. You should definitely check it out on Netflix right now as we speak. I am going to give the special an A for a final grade.