Saturday, June 25

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Standups’ (Season 3) On Netflix, A New Six-Pack Of Comedy Specials From

I don’t know if you could find a more generic and vague title for something than Netflix. Los Standups, but here we are with the third season of this. What is this thing? It’s a collection of six new half-hour stand-up comedy specials, all filmed in the same location over a couple of days. For this season, they converged on downtown Manhattan, filmed this summer when the COVID shoreline seemed clear!


The essence: Each of the three seasons of Los Standups He has featured a mix of comedians at different stages of his career. Some get their first shot at a half-hour presentation on television or broadcast, while others already have hour-long specials and / or other credits on their belts. This year’s harvest features half hours from Brian Simpson, Naomi Ekperigin, Mark Normand, Janelle James, Dusty Slay and Melissa Villasenor.

What comedy specials will it remind you of ?: It’s the third season of this series, so it should remind you of itself right now.

Memorable jokes: Brian Simpson starts off with a bang with his current observation of how pandemic stimulus controls made all the arguments against slavery reparations a bit moot. “It’s not really a joke. That’s just a solution. ” The first 15 minutes of his half hour are absolutely fantastic, with more solutions to heal our wounds based on race.

Naomi Ekperigin, a New Yorker living in Los Angeles whom you might recognize as Carol from Mythical mission (if you hadn’t seen her previous half-hour special for Comedy Central), it shows why she’s an old soul who prefers to pretend she’s the lead in a Nancy Meyers movie, or at least to be the kind of woman who needs to take a vacation. from Maui. Note to self: you can actually take a vacation from a vacation destination, but you can’t adopt a dog from a rescue shelter and expect to immediately rescue it from its old habits.

Mark Normand is very much a Millennial NSFW version of Jerry Seinfeld, using observational comedy and puns to focus on sex, the culture of intercourse, and differences in race and religion. If you can imagine Seinfeld comparing the vagina to a college admissions office, then you already have Normand’s voice in your head.

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Since Janelle James appeared on Netflix The comedy posterThe 15-minute comedy-set streaming giant’s pre-pandemic showcase, graduated to co-star in roles on Showtime. Black Monday And now, the new ABC sitcom Primaria Abbott. His half hour is the most focused of these six on the pandemic, with jokes about how he ended up spending more time with his two teenage sons than ever thanks to the quarantine. He also made topical jokes about billionaires taking to space and the ridiculousness of canceling Aunt Jemima. “If COVID was a test for humanity, we practically failed.”

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Dusty Slay, with his trucker cap, long hair, and a wave to go with his catchphrase, “We’re having a good time,” sounds like a gimmick, doesn’t it? He even nods and asks the audience, “How many people thought my hair was glued to this hat?” However, Slay is a different person now from the boy who grew up in an Alabama trailer park. For one thing, he’s no longer a passed out drunk. But it has stories.

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Last but not least, we have Villaseñor, who joined Saturday night live five years ago now. Has it been five years now? After an opening medley as Dolly Parton, singing daily affirmations to herself, Villaseñor settled into a routine that focused primarily on her family life, with longer impersonations of her mother and grandmother than celebrities as she joked about being a second generation Mexican American. you still need to learn Spanish.

Our Take: It’s no secret that the quality of Netflix’s hour-long comedy specials hasn’t remained as dominant as the streaming giant would like you to believe. Sometimes, less is more. The strictly focused and joke-filled half hours keep everyone much happier than the meandering hours of footage where viewers can click to see what else the algorithm can offer them. And you love one of those comedians in particular enough, then you can probably watch them write and perform another half hour or an hour on their own. Until then, keep the half hours coming, please.

Our calling: STREAM IT. Regardless of your taste in stand-ups, you will surely find someone here that you will like.

Sean L. McCarthy works the rhythm of comedy for his own digital newspaper, Comic book comic; before that, for real newspapers. Based in New York, but will travel anywhere for the scoop: ice cream or news. He also tweets @comicscomic and podcasts half-hour episodes with comedians revealing origin stories: Comic Book Comic Presents Latest First.

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