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post #201 of 215

Watched Hannibal Buress' two specials on Netflix. The other was about him performing 30 shows in a row at an art festival in Edinburgh. Played more like a documentary, very funny but also it feels very honest and, at times, downright depressing when it dives into his loneliness and burning out because of his insane work schedule. The other one, "Comedy Camisado", was a what you'd call an ordinary recorded set, also brilliant.


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post #202 of 215
I was never a big fan of Tracy Morgan's standup, although I loved him on 30 Rock. His new Netflix special, Staying Alive, is surprisingly good. It's still his usual brand of filthy silliness, but his outlook has clearly changed a bit since the accident and subsequent Wal-mart settlement. (his jokes about the settlement are especially good.) It's worth checking out.
post #203 of 215

Watched Hasan Minhaj's new special. It's been getting a lot of great reviews but man this one wasn't for me, I'm sick and tired of these guys whose material is 50% solemn confessional stuff.

 

I also watched the new Norm fucking MacDonald special. It is fucking hilarious.

post #204 of 215
What did he solemnly confess?
post #205 of 215
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Watched Hasan Minhaj's new special. It's been getting a lot of great reviews but man this one wasn't for me, I'm sick and tired of these guys whose material is 50% solemn confessional stuff.

From my limited experience, it seems like 20% of working comics, deep down, just want to do a one-man show.

post #206 of 215
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What did he solemnly confess?

 

He talked about his dad's heart attack, how it felt to be discriminated against at school, what his family went through after 9/11, that sort of thing, but with very few actual jokes.

 

He does the Mike Birbiglia thing where the lights go down and he starts to speak very softly and earnestly because it's time to get serious you guys. The writing is fine, it's just not my speed.

post #207 of 215
I just watched it. Really enjoyed it.

I don't watch much stand up at all, so I'm not burnt out on the one man show format. I also don't need to find this stuff hilarious.

I enjoyed and was moved by HOMECOMING KING the way I enjoyed Tobolowski's THE PRIMARY INSTINCT.
post #208 of 215

It seems like every comedian alive is doing that one man show format. Not only trying to make you laugh, but also trying to make you feeeel.

post #209 of 215

I wonder if that's an outgrowth of podcasts? It would make sense that wide-ranging, confessional, too-self-absorbed format would influence the comics hosting them.

post #210 of 215

Finally got around to watching MAKE HAPPY.

 

Bo Burnham is my favourite comedian out there and this special shows exactly why. His brand of deconstructionist absurdity mixed with genuine musical talent and an undercurrent of crippling anxiety is exactly my speed. My only complaint is how criminally goddamn short it is. Especially if he's taking a who-knows-how-long break from performing. 

 

And yup, STAYING ALIVE was hilarious. I loved it so much, I want to take it behind the middle school and get it pregnant. The moments where Tracy gets real there felt genuinely earned since goddamn that man went through hell. 

 

I do agree that this tendency for SRS BSNS in Comedians can take me right out of it. And I'll be avoiding Hasan Minajh's special cause of it. 

post #211 of 215
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It seems like every comedian alive is doing that one man show format. Not only trying to make you laugh, but also trying to make you feeeel.

is that the official difference between standup and a one person show?
post #212 of 215
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is that the official difference between standup and a one person show?

I think the key is to have a couple of dramatic lighting cues in there.

post #213 of 215
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is that the official difference between standup and a one person show?
Partly that, and the way the story and the feelz take precedent over the humor.
post #214 of 215

You know what's funny?  I asked that question today and then went to see a screening of THE BIG SICK tonight... a movie where someone actually asks that very question.

 

it's funny

 

ha ha

 

funny!

post #215 of 215
Bo Burnham is a genius. Make Happy has the best "lights on and get serious" moment I've seen, at the end right before his brilliant Pringles-bit. You can see that he takes several years to build his shows, down to every small detail.
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