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Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats

As I just wrote, I’ve been binging Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and my favorite character on the show is the one played by Chelsea Peretti. Over the weekend I was reminded that she had done a Netflix comedy special, so I went and watched it, and I’m glad I did. What she does in Brooklyn is not unlike her stand-up style of comedy, and I love it. She also plays around a bit with the tropes of stand-up comedy specials, with sequences that are mostly weird and surreal, and that’s a kind of comedy I like. This special definitely turned me into even more of a fan.

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Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight

Feels like it’s been a while since I’ve watched a stand-up special, and I’m glad I watched this new one from Craig Ferguson on Netflix. I quite like his brand of comedy — even though I didn’t regularly watch his late night show, I did watch it here and there, and always enjoyed his vibe and dark (and surreal) comedy leanings. The set here is pretty solid, and is definitely going to be enjoyable to anyone who likes him — and he gets to be more dirty here than he would on his old show. Lots of big laughs, and it was fun seeing that it was shot in Montreal (just like the Judd Apatow special that also appeared on Netflix this week, which I actually got to attend).

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Jerry Before Seinfeld

I quite enjoyed this new stand-up comedy special by Seinfeld for Netflix. It also made me realize that I think this was the first time I watched an actual full set by him — if you don’t count all of the stand-up bits that were part of the original Seinfeld series (which funnily enough, I started watching again from the start, since I noticed it’s up on CraveTV, a Canadian Netflix-like). The set is a fun walkthrough of his early career, and the jokes themselves hit way more than they miss. I believe this is the first of a series of specials that he’s doing for Netflix, and so I’m pretty excited to watch the next one.

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Yuriko Kotani

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I’m a huge comedy nerd, and love American stand-up as well as Japan-style manzai comedy. It was therefore interesting for me to come across this video clip of UK-based comedian Yuriko Kotani, who brings a Japanese sensibility to the Western art of stand-up. The routine in the video is pretty funny, but the kicker is really the last bit, which my wife is now taking as her mantra (“Get it right, motherfucker!”)

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Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers

Watching this Netflix stand-up special was my first taste of his comedy – I am aware of him as a comedian, but I’m not quite sure from where, possibly from the WTF podcast. I’ll say that I didn’t find this to be laugh-out-loud funny like I did John Mulaney’s special, but after a bit of a slow start, I did find myself grinning/smiling the whole way through. The dude is unbelievably non-PC, and it’s fun to see him just never let up. I also quite like the way he sets up things, always pointing towards one direction, followed by a huge swerve. Well worth watching, especially if you like dark humor.