Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward

I must confess. As someone who loves standup comedy, I have never heard of Anthony Jeselnik before this Netflix Special. I did not know what to expect, but within a few minutes, I knew I was in for a real treat. The giveaway for me was his sister’s pregnancy and their relationship. From domestic violence to slavery to racism, Jeselnik’s punchlines were ironically ruthless and satirical twisted. His take on murder-suicide was fucking dark yet hilarious. His trip to an abortion clinic pushed beyond the comfort level, and yet he managed to pull it off with laughters. His comedic taste reminds me of Quentin Tarantino’s filmic vision. They were horrendous and glorious at the same time. Only great artists can pull of the line between moral and despicable. Jeselnik had accomplished that in this special.