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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 a how-to-be-an-adult in 2019, using her experience as a journalist and roundtable guest on CBS’s Chelsea Lately, Cummings is ready to tackle the future (and just in time as Boom Chicago relaunches our Mainstage show The Future is Here And It’s Slightly Annoying!). From the creator of 2 Broke Girls, “Can I Touch It?” makes you want to grow up (to be just like Cummings). Check it out to see how your sex robot will also become your guacamole machine and make sure you stick…

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 into any easy box. All while being truly funny. In the early 2000s, Chappelle was one of the most exciting comedians in America. He was a comedian’s comedian and his 2003 TV series, Chappelle’s Show, was the Key and Peele of its time. I’m Rick James, Bitch became a hipster catchphrase before we had hipsters, and probably brought calling men ‘bitch’ into the mainstream. After signing a $50 million dollar multi-year deal, he was on top of the world. But Dave Chappelle wasn’t happy. He…

WANDA SYKES

If you want to see a master of stand-up comedy, then you need to check out Wanda Sykes new Netflix Special ’Not Normal’. You know Sykes from her role as Barbara Baran in ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’, and for her comedic roles in such films as Monster-in-Law and My Super Ex-Girlfriend or TV…

COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE

In 2012, the always fantastic Jerry Seinfeld started a ridiculous show, on a different medium, the web, on Crackle no less. People were confused. Why was the great and rich Jerry Seinfeld doing a low rent show on a low rent website? And who would watch internet comedy that was longer than five minutes? Until then, no one had. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 30%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 25%; width: 50%; height: 50%; } Jerry was right and we were wrong. The show, now on Netflix naturally, is now iconic and introduced a brand new format, that also worked on our phones: The spontaneous, unplanned, highly edited, very intimate and personal interview show. Jerry explains some of the magic. ‘The car gives it kinetic…

AZIZ ANSARI: RIGHT NOW!

It is perhaps unfair to Aziz to start with his now-famous 2018 date gone wrong. He hasn’t spoken much about it publically, however, and most people in the audience want to hear his thoughts eighteen months later. Aziz handles that well, all things considered, and starts the show with a few personal minutes. He felt…

BOOKSMART

When I was first introduced to Booksmart someone said to me “It’s like the female Superbad”. Honestly, that made me not want to see it. I loved Superbad but I’m tired of movies with female leads being forced to stick to a formula that was tested and certified to be successful by men first. As if to say, “if we take a risk on women, let’s make sure all other variables are secure first.” But I wanted to support the box office, so I went reluctantly. As the movie began I rolled my eyes anticipating the onslaught of millennial jargon, soulless social media quips and choppy acting as a result of a director telling the female leads to just be more like Michael Cera and Jonah Hill (as was the case with the recent remake of Ghostbusters). Man was I…

KATHERINE RYAN: GLITTER ROOM

We all know the Dutch are direct. We’ve heard it a million times. We’ve experienced it a million times. But what I don’t know, as an expat living in Amsterdam, is, are the Dutch able to take it as much as they dish it out? If you’re up for the challenge you need to watch Canadian-Irish comedian Katherine Ryan’s new Netflix stand-up special ‘Glitter Room’. Katherine Ryan’s stand-up is as if the logical side of your brain was also hilarious. She stands up (pun intended) to nonsense societal pressures (mostly created by the patriarchy) and dismisses plastic wrapped expectations for women, minorities and even men victim to toxic masculinity. She’s smart, sarcastic, hilarious and certainly doesn’t fit in anyone else’s (glitter) box.   .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 30%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object,…

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