In his latest Netflix special, Burr dismisses feminists, blames white women, and even disses Michelle Obama. His biggest target, however, is himself, the paper tiger. Through interactions with his wife (a black woman), Burr exposes his own ignorant white privilege. His jokes appear crude on the surface, but carefully crafted underneath. And that is damn-good comedy writing.
When a headline suggests “You Can Definitely Skip Dave Chappelle’s New Netflix Special ‘Sticks & Stones,’” you should definitely watch it. Of course Chappelle is controversial (in Micheal Jackson’s case). Of course he is offensive (to the trans community). Of course he is provocative (to the poor white America). But he keeps it real. Let’s face it. As parents, we might be raising mass shooters, but white parents have an exponentially higher chance than the rest of us. If every living African American registered to get a firearm this election, the gun law will change. Let that one sink in. What makes Chappelle a living legend is not only because he has stayed true to the art of comedy, but he has also mastered the craft. He finds the uncomfortable angle of social issues and applies his own logic to it. You might not agree with him, but you will respect his view. That’s what I love about standup comedy. It provides a space for comics to push themselves as far as they can. We should enjoy and appreciate it. Not every country has the freedom of expression like we do in America, especially in the world of comedy.
In her latest Netflix Special, Cummings presented her take on feminism by using jokes to make us understand what it feels like to women. The shit they put up with men at work and on the street. She also brought out a sex-robot double who is creepy yet erotic. She’s brilliant and entertaining. In the #MeToo moment, female comedians are stepping their games and I am loving them. Keep them coming.
Netflix’s latest documentary by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer examines the use of private date from Cambridge Analytica through Facebook to influence the outcome of 2016 election as well as Brexit. If you haven’t deleted your Facebook, you might want to change your mind after watching this film.
Aziz Ansari had a rough year about a sexual allegation, but he came out great. I am digging the new Aziz. His materials are more thoughtful particularly on race, culture, and this moment. He is more casual and he connects with his audience. He takes them to intimate places with him. A needed rebirth of an Indian-American comedian. I enjoyed this one more than his previous stand-up specials.
I have never been a fan of Mike Epps’s comic style. He’s too much clowning for me. Nevertheless, I gave Only One Mike shot and still didn’t like it. His materials are crude (too much on sex) and all over the place. The only subject matter that stood out was when he revealed that he was picked up and placed in special education.
The heavily pregnant Colleen Ballinger transformed into her Miranda Sings character. She combines dancing, singing, and social-media advising into her standup special: Miranda Sings Live…Your Welcome. The show is filled with screaming kids and their parents. I am not sure if they got the Comic Sans joke.
I have not heard of Katherine Ryan before, but her Glitter Room becomes my latest favorite. She is a feminist and she isn’t shy away from it. She trashed men a lot, but you simply can’t be mad at her. Her materials are thoughtful and funny. She takes on Celine Dion, R. Kelly, and Bill Cosby. The little history about Alexander Hamilton is quite good. I love this one.
From parenting to small dick, Jo made Hawaii cracked up in his latest Netflix special. He hit it right on the spot with the finger-measuring technique for cooking rice. He uses stereotype and self-depreciation to his advantage. His hip-hop swagger also helps. Glad to see a Filipin-American comedian made it.
I want to root for this Asian-American rom-com, but I am not feeling it. I love Ali Wong’s work as a comedian, but not so much as an actor. Randall Park is OK. As far as portraying the lives of Asian-Americans, they got the details right, but I can’t relate to Sasha and Marcus. My childhood was different because unlike them I did not speak English; therefore, my experience growing in America was much different. Not that a film has to be about me for me to like it, I just thought the chemistry was off and the story was predictable, which most rom-coms are like that.
In Blasian, Yo shares his personal experience of being raised by a Black PhD father and a Korean mother. His story, accompanied by family photos, is sweet and hilarious. Yo also shared his own marriage to a white woman, his love for old school hip-hop, and his experience going to all white school. His special is light-hearted and entertaining. Worth a watch on Amazon Prime.
Wanda Sykes’s comic style reminds me of Chris Rock’s. Not Normal, her latest Netflix Special, has a few jokes similar to Chris’s. For instance, her Vicks’s solution to cure everything was like Chris’s Robitussin. The word “glistening” was used in her case to keep her kid from being ashy and in Chris’s case was about Jermaine Jackson. The one joke that shared the most similarity is that everyone needs a Black friend. I am not saying Wanda stole Chris’s jokes. They just have similar style and subject matters. Nevertheless, Wanda’s special is pretty hilarious. The most memorable line is that, “Everyone is different, but everyone is equal.” I also agree with the title of the special. The Trump presidency is Not Normal.