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hasan minhaj.pngThere is a lot of great programming that is being brought to us by Netflix that it’s absolutely ridiculous. Earlier in the year, we checked out a great comedy special by Vir Das who was just mind blowing in the way he delivered comedy. Vir Das though, is not the only person who is bringing cultural awareness to us on stage in the form of a comedy special. He is not the only one who is also bringing his culture to the forefront in the form of a comedy special because I want to welcome to everyone Indian American comedian Hasan Minhaj. If you do not know who Hasan Minhaj is then you need to get to know the Daily Show with Trevor Noah writer and correspondent. In his very first Netflix Original comedy special entitled Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, he travels home to Davis, California to deliver a special that tackles topics like getting married, arranged marriages, birthdays, an unexpected sister, Muslims vs Hindus, racism, Fox News, Bill Mahr, the internet, tough parents, the Daily Show, and so much more in this one hour special.

hasanI really liked the comedy special from Hasan because it offered you a much different perspective on what it is like to be an Indian in America. Vir Das gave you the perspective from an Immigrant who is navigating through the world kind of perspective while Hasan gives you the perspective of a kid who was born in America trying to understand the intricacies of his culture so that he can navigate through the world as he needs to. That is kind of the only way I can really discuss the differences between the two without going too deep. Hasan kind of gives you a real rude awakening to go with his comedy on what it was like to grow up in a country where some secretly hate you and others openly hate you.  One of my favorite parts of his show is when he is discussing the prom because it’s a huge story that kind of ties all that I have been talking about, but it has a very happy and promising ending to it, but it’s a great story. Hasan Minhaj is a great story teller that not only can make you laugh, but he can make you think as well. I am definitely a fan of his and will be checking out more from him in the future, but for now check out his special. I am going to give it an A for a final grade.

staying aliveEvery once in a while, Saturday Night Live will have a cast member that is so funny that he becomes a star right in front of our own very eyes like Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and even Tracy Morgan. They are able to transition from stand up to skit comedy all the way to movie stars, but when tragedy hits, it really sucks. That is what it seemed like for Tracy Morgan who was hit by a Walmart truck in an accident that almost killed the 30 Rock star. For a very long time, we wondered if Tracy would ever be the same again and whether he would bounce back or not. In his very first stand up comedy special since the accident, Tracy Morgan was back to prove that he still had it and Netflix was right there to support him with his very own Netflix comedy special Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive. In the special recorded at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ, he tackles all sorts of subjects like meeting God while in a coma, being in heaven, Kim Khardashian and the others, the dark side of his family, Mike Tyson, Ancestory.com, therapy, Tiger Woods, Flavor Flav, strip clubs, Madonna, DUI, his first and current marriage, and so much more in this hilarious special.

staying alive 2I have to say that I loved the intro to the special only because I was a huge fan of the film Saturday Night Fever, but more importantly it’s just nice to see him back. I was a huge fan of Tracy;s when it came to his films so I honestly didn’t know what to expect out of the comedy special, but I was very happy when it was over. I say that because I honestly could not stop laughing at so many of his jokes. One of my favorite jokes of the night came when he was talking about his grandma and how she is always praying. He always tries to hide from her or pretend to be in the coma, but one day he had enough. He woke up and told her that he had met God in heaven before and she of course asked what he had told Tracy and he responded back. He said, “Tell your grandma to shut the fu** up. Between her and Tim Tebow, I can’t get any sleep.” It just stuff like that and when he talks about his various family members, it gets really funny. The punchlines to his jokes is where the true genius of him lies and the way he delivers them makes you unable to hold a straight face. I definitely suggest checking this special out from him if you get a chance. I am giving the special an A- for a final grade cause sometimes you need some dirty comedy in your life to counter act the smart comedy.

2017I have been asking myself for a week now, “who is going to top that stand up comedy special by Vir Das?” That is definitely a serious question to ask, but it also shows how great Netflix has been in the last five years as far as producing great content because I feel we might have another one today. In the last fifteen years or so, there has always been one constant in the world of comedy from whether it is having your own TV show on FX or producing great comedy specials, it’s that Louis C.K. has been a constant in our lives. Louis C.K. teams up with Netflix to produce what I believe to be his ninth overall hour or so long comedy special (I could be wrong, there could be more) in Louis C.K. 2017. In 2017, Louis talks to us about all sorts of interesting topics that range from abortions, the right to kill yourself, why you look stupid during beheadings, religion and how Christianity won, rescue dogs, drugs for dogs, stereotypes, public school teachers, Achilles, email fights, Magic Mike, and so much more in this hilarious special filmed live in Washington D.C.

louisI have been reading some of the reviews that are out there about this special and some of them I do have to disagree. Yeah sure, we are not all going to think that everything a comedian says is hilarious, but this was not a stupid comedy special. Louis definitely entertains in an only a way that he knows how to and that is connecting with his crowd. He does that through the various topics that he talks about and I think the abortion one was ballsy, but it’s 2017 so it’s not really a ballsy topic. One of my favorite topics that he covered in the special that I thought was funny was his whole bit on religion and how Christianity basically won that fight just because all you have to say is what year it is to validate that answer. I thought his bit on Magic Mike and why he can’t watch the whole film was hilarious and probably a dilemma that most males in the world go through. There were some very funny moments in the special, but then there were moments that you wanted him to move on and those were few and far between. I definitely think that this is a special that you should give a chance because he is hilarious. I am going to give the special an B+ (almost an A-) for a final grade.

vir dasIt’s been a little while since the last Tuesday Stand Up and to be honest there is a reason there wasn’t one last week and that is because I was disappointed with Amy Schumer’s latest effort. I however do not want to talk about that special because I think we have an interesting one here for all of you out there. Who here is familiar with the name Vir Das? If you are not familiar with the name Vir Das, then I do not blame you whatsoever, but that is the beauty of discovery especially with Netflix. Vir Das is an Indian Bollywood actor and comedian who has just recently released his very first Netflix Original Stand Up special that he hopes will educate us as well as entertain us called Vir Das: Abroad Understanding. The cool and unique thing about this special is that it wasn’t just filmed in one location. No, it was filmed in two different locations that are thousands of miles away from each other with the special filmed at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi, India and also at the SubCulture in New York City. The special bounces back and forth as Vir tackles subjects like American Women, Donald Trump, Hollywood Vs India, religious phobias, religious texts, Christmas, breakfast, the appeal of American food vs Indian food, children, racism, french kiss, and so much more.

vir das 2One of the things I loved about this special is some awesome quotes from him that I just couldn’t forget like the opening one, “once you go brown, the other colors let you down.” While that may not be funny to you, I thought it was clever as hell. The other quote that comes later is when he is talking about how Jesus has been replaced and forgotten in favor of Christmas trees in America. The quote is basically a hindu cabby talking to Jesus saying, “This is the second time in your life you were defeated by a piece of wood.” The man is smart and he is engaging which is the best part of the special in general. He is not afraid to engage his own people when it comes to social topics in India as he engages the American crowd about our own issues like electing Donald Trump or what we identify as racism. All I am saying to all of you out there is that this is an example of smart comedy vs stupid and perverted comedy which isn’t a bad thing to be into cause those can be funny too. I just think Vir Das is someone that everyone should give a chance cause he is the alternative to Russell Peters and Aziz Ansari. I am going to give the special an A for a final grade, check it out on Netflix right now.

paranormal whacktivityIt’s been a couple of weeks since we last had a cheeseball cinema film and I was cruising through Netflix when I came across a film that peaked my interest. Actually in all honesty, the film that I watched for today is one that I have been putting off watching for a while, but I decided that today was the day to watch the spoof film Paranormal Whacktivity. The film is about a young couple named Michael (William Patrick Riley) and Kasey (Sasha Formoso) who just move into a brand new house to get their relationship going, but there is just one major problem. You see all Michael wants to do is film himself pleasuring Kasey to the fullest, but a demon named David (Mighty Mike Murga) stands in his way as he wants Michael’s girl for himself. Now the couple have to figure out a way to get rid of him before it is too late. The film also stars Jeremy Walker (The Identical) as Tiger Woods, Chris Pentzell (Last Call At Murray’s) as the Psychic, Damatri Crayton (Domestic Doug) as Demonbuster, Melinda Cohen (Shameless) as The Professional, and the film was directed by Roger Roth (Shot).

Paranormal Whactivity 2I really thought that going into this film that it was going to be a big pile of crap, but it actually wasn’t half bad. It’s not the greatest spoof film in the world, but it had it’s moments and I think it was well written. The film had a lot of potential going for it, but i just had a hard time connecting where the spoofs were at times. I mean it’s a no brainer that the film is a giant Paranormal Activity spoof, but where the spoofs of other films. I mean definitely saw spoofs of The Hangover, Avatar, and Ouija but it was hard at times to identify any others. I think the main two stars of the film were perfect for it, but every one else in the film was a hit or miss and comedy is tough to do. They tried to make a sex offender funny (which was a stupid character), but the Demonhunter (Ghostbusters parody) was a great addition to the cast. I don’t know why, but every time I looked at Michael, I just kept thinking he looked like Kirk Cameron if he decided to not be so religious. He just had that vibe about him, but his co-star Sasha Formoso was very hot and very good on screen. The film definitely has some T&A in it for those of you that crave it, but not from Formoso who gets down to just bra and panties. Sorry guys, but it must of not been in her contract. Like I said, it’s not the greatest spoof in the world, but it’s a decent one to check out if you’re bored one day. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I would give it a 2.8 for a final grade.

dave chappeleOne of my all time favorite comedians from the 90’s and 2000’s has always been the one and only Dave Chappelle. Whether or not he made me laugh in his films like Half Baked, Undercover Brother, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, or through his amazing Comedy Central show The Chappelle Show, I have a sense of urgency to watch whatever he puts out. I mean let’s be honest for a minute, if it wasn’t for him, you probably wouldn’t have had Key & Peele (To which he says in today’s comedy special). So, when I heard that Dave had two new specials on Netflix, I was definitely checking them out. The first of the two specials that are on there is the first comedy special from him in over ten years and it’s called The Age Of Spin which was taped live at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  In the special, he tackles all sorts of lovely subjects like the four times that he has met OJ Simpson in his life, A show gone wrong in Detroit, Dancing With The Stars, Making A Murderer, the Oscars vs Flint, Michigan, gay superhero, gays, LGBT Q?, Bruce Jenner, Philippines, Old School ways, the history of America, Bill Cosby, Kevin Hart, and so much more.

dave chappelleOne of the comments that kind of shocked me, but made me realize how it true it was, was the comment about Key & Peele. He said something around the nature of now you know how it feels to watch your own show, it’s called Key & Peele. It has been so long since Chappelle has been around, but he had to have known that others were going to take the proverbial ball and roll with it. I mean this is Hollywood after all, but nevertheless the comedy special reminds you of his brilliance. It reminds you that he is not afraid to say whatever he wants when he is up there and that is what we love about him. He has some real hilarious moments on the stage especially his rant on gays and even Bill Cosby. It was almost as if he had never lost a step because it looked so natural. It was almost exactly like the time Richard Pryor first came back to stand up, you didn’t know what to expect, but he knocked it out of the park and so did Chappelle. I honestly can not wait to cover the second of the two specials he has up on Netflix. I am giving him an A for this one.

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.