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What to watch on Netflix

MICHELLE BUTEAU

While travel may be limited, and your vacation plans have most likely been soiled, Michelle Buteau makes it possible to forget the turmoil of 2020, and escape to a comedy Utopia. Well, a comedy Buteaupoia. Buteau’s recent Netflix special couldn’t have come at a better time. When the world needed high-energy positivity and kindness, the…

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 year-old Taylor Tomlinson reminds everyone why this period of our lives is only seemingly responsibility-free. Being in your 20s means you still suck too much for anyone to expect much from you. In her 1-hour Netflix special, appropriately titled ‘Quarter-Life Crisis’, Tomlinson offers her refreshing perspective on a time period riddled with humiliation and mistakes. From delving into what can be brought to the table as a 25 year-old, (What am I able to bring to a potluck dinner? Dry napkins) to realizing how absurd the events of…

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…

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 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…

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