Published Dec 21, 2016
Five Comedy Specials to Avoid
Soy Sauce and the Holocaust
Mirali Almaula writes: "Soy Sauce and the Holocaust doesn't push as many boundaries as you might expect from the title. The comedian focuses on a lot of common topics like aging, dogs' thoughts, boarding order for flights, commercials, the side effects of drugs, and (most of all) the differences between men and women. If you feel like I'm giving it away, I'm not. The jokes go exactly where you'd assume."
Blake Morneau writes: "Three-quarters of the way through No Offense, after a marginally funny joke about miscarriage gets the requisite moan and gasp from the crowd, Theo Von remarks to his audience, 'They're just jokes, people. They can't all be funny.' Therein lies the biggest problem with No Offense: semi-shocking statements and language are given equal footing with well-constructed jokes. This is the equivalent of spending an hour listening to that uncle we all try to ignore who says things like, 'I'm not [blank] but…'"
Funny For a Girl
Alan Ranta writes: "Netflix describes the special, touted as his first in over seven years, as 'a set of wild Hollywood stories, plus impressions of Christopher Walken, Adam Sandler and more.' Sure, the impressions are there, which you would hope for considering that's largely what his comedy is known for, but there are no wild Hollywood stories. Mohr married a nice woman, hit his 40s and had a couple of kids — that's primarily what this hour of tedium is all about."
Uganda Be Kidding Me
Mirali Almaula writes: "Chelsea Handler's Uganda Be Kidding Me: Live sets up expectations it doesn't satisfyingly deliver on. The first is that Handler will be hilarious as a standup comedian because she is a very funny comedic actor and talk show host. While she checks all of the boxes, her articulate delivery and sardonic persona seem better suited for other media. When on the stage for over an hour, her tone gives off a disinterest that makes it difficult to stay engaged."
James Ostime writes: "With a career spanning more than 20 years, Rodney Carrington has the polish of a comic who knows where his laughs are and his smooth, confident delivery helps sell every punch line, but his tired subject matter occasionally falls back on stereotype and cheap laughs. Jokes about family and going to church have potential to be anecdotally amusing, but are undercut by premises like the awkwardness of dealing with filthy prostitutes, nervously spotting an Islamic person in a shopping mall, and how 'You can't slap your wife at the Walgreens!'"