Noah Baumbach’s best film of the decade deals with divorce in a sincere way. I saw this movie at the New York Film Festival, and ever since, I just can't stop talking about it.
Now an elder statesmen of the British comedy establishment, Sir Lenny Henry held court, ably assisted, cajoled and questioned by Romesh Ranganathan, on a wet and rainy Monday evening at the Royal Festival Hall In Southbank, speaking about his career, the entertainment industry and his book, Who Am I?, that chronicles his early showbiz years.
With this review, I'm a bit late to the party. There has already been a whole lot said about the new Netflix Dave Chappelle special Sticks and Stones, and my opinion probably isn't needed. But, I'm going to throw it out there anyway.
Being funny is a particular skill. There are different types of funny, and different people find different things amusing, but to pursue the profession of making people laugh takes a certain amount of bravery, especially in this day and age.
Bob Hope and George Burns were popular comedians, and they both lived to be exactly 100 years old.
Everybody likes to laugh. Whether it is with friends or alone, at something you have seen on social media, television, or read, laughing is something that is enjoyed universally. There are few things in life that bring more unfettered joy, a total disconnect from any worries or stress, than a good hearty, unrestrained laugh.
It must seem like I try to find awful films to review. Honestly, I really do not. Unfortunately, I decided to watch "The Trap." Where to start, where to start. I am writing this as I watch the film, because there is no other way I could finish watching it otherwise.
Back in the 1970s and 80s, comedians like George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, and so many others that I could spend days naming ruled the comedy stage. Standup comedy has been a highly lucrative industry for decades, yet is seems to have hit a wall in recent years.
I believe there's always been a stigma around comedians, stand-up comedians especially. There was the trope of a middle-aged man, the nerdy or balding sort with crass jokes and insults.
Roseanne, Tim Allen, Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan, & Dave Chapelle have all seen the blow of Political Correctness scandals in comedy. Like Chris Rock and Larry the Cable Guy, Jerry Seinfeld once told Entertainment Weekly in an article affectionately titled “Jerry Seinfeld: College students don't know what the hell they're talking about” that he will no longer play college campuses because the audiences are too PC. “They just want to use these words: "That’s racist;" "That’s sexist;" "That’s prejudiced," he said. “They don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.” Louis CK also received backlash for controversial jokes he used on a Saturday Night Live appearance—and this was before any #metoo scandal. Since then, some in the comedy sector feel that audiences around the globe have become more unable to handle a joke. They wonder if, as a culture, have we become over-serious and hypersensitive to “political incorrectness?”
I know Adam Sandler has been getting a bad reputation from so many of his so called "fans" over the years. A few of his latest movies I admit weren't that great so a lot of his fans have forgotten how funny this guy can be. We also forget how diverse this guy is. The medium of his entertainment has changed in so many ways over the years. He did stand-up, songs, skits, and movies. I've always also had a great appreciation of how he kept his Saturday Night Live alumni as close friends and continued to work with them throughout his career. All of his work has a special family feel to them especially since I've grown up watching all of his stuff.
Netflix is in the process of acquiring just about every comedy special they can get their hands on. In doing so, a new age of stand up is taking place almost exclusively on Netflix. There are way too many amazing stand up acts for me to list or even watch them all. So… I’m only going to do ones that I’ve quoted, watched more than once, or have specifically sought out to improve my day.