Five Things You Need on Netflix: Stand-up Specials

Five Things You Need on Netflix: Stand-up SpecialsI have to be honest, here. I’ve been watching stand-up since I was about three or four; I got my first taste when my grandfather would perch me on his knee and we’d check out Johnny Carson late at night when I couldn’t sleep. I was right there when one of the first female comedians I recall, Roseanne Barr, made her appearance on the late-night talk show and killed it, being invited to sit on the couch beside everyone’s most beloved host. Since that moment, I adored the idea of modern-day jesters making people laugh at either their own misery or perhaps their observations of the world.

Now, as an adult, I have a pretty clear take on comedy and I’ve left out a lot of that old school judgment because, after all, it’s just about being funny, you know? A lot of purists will bring up Lenny Bruce, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and George Carlin as the greats and say there is no room left for any comedy other than theirs, but I disagree! Who are we to say what another person will find funny? I enjoy pretty much 90 percent of the comedy out there unless it is purely meant to shock and has no actual reflection of the comic whatsoever. (Note: Comedians like Daniel Tosh, Jeff Ross, Lisa Lampaneilli, and Jim Norton just don’t amuse me.)

So, there are the ones I enjoy and I could go on for days with the George Carlin stand-up sets, Louis C.K., Lewis Black, Eddie Murphy, and Richard Pryor — but you guys know about those. Do you know of these fellas, though?

Five Things You Need on Netflix: Stand-up Specials1. Ralphie May: Austin-tatious — Admittedly, I knew nothing about this guy until accidentally clicking the image on Netflix and being sent to watch the show. Ralphie expresses a refreshing amount of soft, open-minded playfulness about being married, drug regulations, and gay rights and yet never comes off as preachy. He’s one of the last feel good comics to come out that you can tell could change the world if he wanted to. If you’re ever feeling kind of down, queue this up and there’s no way you can’t possibly agree with even a fraction of the good times that come out of this man’s mouth.

Five Things You Need on Netflix: Stand-up Specials2. Bill Burr: Why Do I Do This? — Fans of comedy already know about Burr, but you’d be surprised how often I hear of people who haven’t and that’s a damned shame. Sure, his fuse is about 15 miles too short and you can see his veins crackle when he gets intense; his trademark voice and frustrated laugh are absolutely amazing to witness. Talking about everything from the love he has for his dog to his inability to relate to his girlfriend, it’s standard fare, but done in a way that only Burr can muster. I point everyone to this one after a particularly rough day. After all, let the comedians say what you can’t, right? That’s the point of ’em. Relate!

Five Things You Need on Netflix: Stand-up Specials3. Arj Barker: LYAO — Most of you may recognize Arj Barker from Flight of the Conchords, the amazing New Zealand musical comedy duo that had their own HBO series. Arj is a complete 180 from his character and proves it with his innocent and endearing brand of observational comedy. Explaining a meeting among the planets and Pluto’s banishment to the outside of the galaxy strikes true and hilarious. While I know a lot of folks who can’t share stand-up with their kids, I easily sat my teenage siblings down for this one and had no worries.

Five Things You Need on Netflix: Stand-up Specials4. Patrice O’Neal: Elephant in the Room — It’s too bad that Patrice O’Neal didn’t find the following he deserved during his short lifetime. He sadly passed away last November due to a stroke, however, it pushed people to share their favorite specials, clips, and bits of Patrice’s performances and it opened up an entire audience to his genius. Fun, lovable, and extremely vocal with his audience, he engaged everyone he could. I won’t even tell you what Patrice gets on about; just watch it for yourself and share it with everyone.

Five Things You Need on Netflix: Stand-up Specials5. Kevin Hart: I’m A Grown Little Man — While he’s definitely new to the scene in comparison to the comedians we know and love already, he’s putting a voice out there that relates to the hip-hop culture and even those who can’t necessarily follow. He seemingly puts a face to the kind of comedy that reflects on stereotypes but then crushes them with his raceless exploits. You can’t help but cheer him on and want to pat him on the head. This, like Arj Barker, is another feel good special you can feel safe enough to share with the grown kids.

So what stand-up on Netflix do you enjoy? What do you think Netflix should add more of and what kind of comedy do you think needs to make an appearance on the popular instant-viewing site?

Anti-Matter: New Web Series About Comic Book Stores

There should be an image here!Christina Valenta writes:

Hi, Chris!

We’ve noticed how you’ve helped people get the word out on various projects and that you’re also a comic book fan. I wanted to share with you a new comic-related project that you might like. The project is Anti-Matter, a new comedic Web series that follows the antics of a New York City comic shop.

The series was created by Chris Walker, a former colorist for Marvel and DC, turned filmmaker. While it was originally created as a sitcom pilot, Chris realized a Web series was much more appealing and decided to utilize the resources at his fingertips with an ensemble cast featuring several actors from Upright Citizens Brigade NY and filming at local New York City comic shop, Jim Hanley’s Universe.

Series Web site:

Current Episode:

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Is ‘The Price Is Right’ Boring With Host Drew Carey?

Back in 2007 Drew Carey took over the reins from Bob Barker for the host of  ‘The Price Is Right’ television game show. Bob Barker had previously hosted the program for 35 years before retiring.  But does Bob Barker like the new host? In an on the street interview Bob Barker stated:

“He does the show differently than I did,” Barker told TMZ, “I tried to make the show really exciting, and he doesn’t do that. He just plays the games.”

Though I am not an avid viewer of the game show, the times I have watched the show, I personally thought that Drew Carey was doing a good job. Yes, he has a different style compared to Bob Barker, but I personally do not think that it really matters. The show is basically the same since it is the contestants and their antics that make the show worth watching and not the host.

Just my two cents.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – Us

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In Memory Of Jackie Gleason

According to the History Channel, 21 years ago yesterday, beloved comedian Jackie Gleason passed away. Best known for his bus-driving character Ralph Kramden on The Honeymooners during the golden age of television, he enjoyed a long career that spanned the days of Vaudeville to Hollywood’s silver screen. What better way to celebrate the life of this comedic superstar than to sit back with some popcorn and enjoy the man’s work?


Everyone enjoys a good laugh, and really, who can blame us? There’s enough depressing stuff that happens in the world and in life, and some sort of comic relief is needed to free you from thinking about these things. When I want to laugh, I usually watch a movie or a television show. When I was younger, I resorted to comics, but I haven’t kept up with any of them in years. However, even though I haven’t read Dilbert lately, I’m still a fan. Chris Pirillo recently started a comic strip called bLaugh that parodies the blogosphere, and if you’re a technology goon, then you’ll appreciate the humor that’s being dished out over there. Of course, you may have talent brewing inside of you, and if you want to try your hand at creating funny content, then check out QuickToons.
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Spamalot, A Monty Python Musical

I first watched Monty Python when I was still in high school. It was running on PBS in the late afternoon, and I caught a laugh track – what’s this? Some guy was asking about vacation packages, and the guide started making a mess of his own office – as he had double-vision. At that point, I was hooked. Never heard of Python before then – not the programming language, but the comedy troupe from England. Unfortunately, by the time I learned about them, they were well into reruns. I didn’t always understand the situations they played out, but their humor was nearly timeless. Back then, it was difficult to find videos that weren’t already stocked at the rental store… so I waited for my (all too infrequent) Monty Python fixes. Years later, an old buddy showed me his Monty Python “Final Rip-off” album on CD. I borrowed it for a couple of weeks, listened to it a million times over, then went out to the store and purchased my own copy. It was probably my 15th compact disc purchase ever, as my collection was only starting to grow. I was quickly becoming a Monty Python fan, even though I hadn’t yet seen Holy Grail, Life of Brian, or Meaning of Life. Didn’t take too long before I snagged a bootleg copy of Grail and indoctrinated everybody I knew.
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