Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby

This is my first time watching Seth Meyers doing a stand-up special. He is obviously a pro. He is so calm and relaxing. He takes his time and stares into space to let his audience enjoy the jokes. The piece about his father laying in front of a bulldozer is hilarious. He drops F-bombs sparingly to give his lines a bit of a colorful effect. His materials aren’t too dark. Just don’t hit the skip button when he talks politics. You’ll love it.

Arsenio Hall: Smart & Classy

I used to watch The Arsenio Hall Show on TV when I first came to America almost thirty years ago. With my limited English, I didn’t know what he was saying, but I liked his big smile and envied his perfect white teeth. I am so glad to see him performing standup on Netflix. After all these years, I now understand his jokes. From O.J. to Cosby, Rodman to Tyson, Snipes to R. Kelly, Hall brings back so many memories of the 90s. It’s nostalgic yet funny. Thanks for letting us taking a trip down memory lane.

Furie

Phim võ thuật do Lê Văn Kiệt đạo diễn và Ngô Thanh Vân trình diễn. Nội dung rất đơn giản. Một người mẹ làm nghề đòi nợ. Khi đứa con gái bị bắt cóc, người làm mẹ bằng mọi giá phải cứu lại đứa trẻ. Lê Văn Kiệt không chú trọng vào câu chuyện cũng không quan tâm phần đối thoại. Trong một tiếng rưỡi, những trận đánh nhau diễn ra không kịp thở. Xem Ngô Thanh Vân đập tơi tả những người đàn ông thật đã mắt. Đáng tiếc, đây chỉ là một phim hành động thiếu chiều sâu.

Deon Cole: Cole Hearted

Cole is a straight-up Black comic. His jokes, ranging from sex to self confidence, are raw and raunchy backed up by his acting. He is tell-it-like-it-is entertaining. I was looking for more thought-provoking materials. His Black audience seemed to have a good time though. The white guy in the front row didn’t seem to enjoy much.

Nikki Glaser: Bangin’

Nikki Glaser spends the first ten minutes of her latest Netflix special talking about blowjobs. She then continued with sex-packed materials throughout. From roast beef to cold-cut combo to meaty sandwiches, Glaser holds nothing back. On the surface, the juicy details sound appalling and disgusting. Underneath the colorful, pornographic language, however, reveals a damn-good satirist. The expectations men have in a sexual relationship with women are beyond absurd as Glaser cleverly navigating and wittingly narrating through her special. Female comics are killing the game and Glaser is one of them.

Bill Burr: Paper Tiger

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.

Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

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.

Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It?

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.

The Great Hack

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: Right Now

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.