LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU LAUGH

1d. Comedy on Netflix

TAYLOR TOMLINSON

Oh to be young and in love. Or as we say in 2020, ‘Oh to be young and desperately confused about every small aspect of life including the random re-surfacing of childhood traumas.’ While the sound of being ‘in your 20s’ has long-since suggested a bright-eyed air of curiosity, new beginnings, and potential, the 25…

TRIXIE MATTEL/BRIAN FIRKUS

Trixie Mattel, winner of RuPaul Drag Race Allstars season three, comedy queen and singer-song writer, stars in her own new Netflix Documentary, Moving Parts, and it is a must-see. Trixie lets the world see the ups and downs of maintaining a career as an iconic drag queen from channeling her abusive past into an armor…

MIDDLEDITCH AND SCHWARTZ

A completely improvised two person show. Are you missing your improv fix while social distancing? All of us at Boom Chicago can safely say that we are… But worry not, for Netflix is coming to the rescue. On April 21st the streaming service is releasing three improvised specials from Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz, entitled…

LESLIE JONES

During quarantine most people are looking for two things, entertainment and exercise. Look no further as Leslie Jones provides an abundant amount of both. The former SNL cast member recently premiered her first Netflix stand-up special, Time Machine, that is hilarious and super high energy (3 full minutes are dedicated to an all out solo dance…

FORTUNE FEIMSTER

More often than not I find myself admiring or studying new comedy but when I watched Fortune Feimster’s (yes, that’s her real name) new Netflix stand-up special, Sweet & Salty, I was cracking up like I was a little kid again. Feimster is nostalgic, genuine and positive. Her special is a break from all the…

SKIP JEFF GARLIN’S ‘OUR MAN IN CHICAGO’

Jeff Garlin was in the Chicago improv scene when I was there in the early 90s. In addition, he had a one person show at Second City called I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. I never saw it, but had a one man show way back when, and I remember the title all these years later. Years later…

SETH MEYERS’ NETFLIX SPECIAL IS GREAT

We are living in a great time for comedy. 2019 has already seen top Netflix specials from superstars like Kevin Hart, Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer. And now Seth Meyers joins that illustrious crowd with his new special Lobby Baby. Those who saw Seth Meyers at Boom Chicago 25th…

COLIN QUINN: RED STATE BLUE STATE

Colin Quinn is a blue-collar comedian who has made a career of seeming like an everyman. His background is Irish Catholic. His accent is New York. His clothes are unflashy. And, although he doesn’t drink anymore, he looks like he’s been in a bar fight or two. The comedy-philosopher’s new comedy special gives a focus…

WHITNEY CUMMINGS: “CAN I TOUCH IT”

Whitney Cummings kicks the concept of diminishing returns straight in its graph with her FOURTH Netflix stand-up special “Can I Touch It?”. She immediately clarifies all of the “new” rules and regulations for confused men in the dawn of consideration for women without letting ladies off the hook either. Once she’s held our hands through…

DAVE CHAPPELLE: STICKS AND STONES

Dave Chappelle still has the power to shock and make you laugh. He is probably the least cautious famous comedian out there. While other comedians might feel hemmed in, or want to not wake the woke Twitter mob, Dave Chappelle says fuck it. He has made a career of surprising people and not fitting nicely…