Trevor Noah’s “Son of Patricia” and the Terror of Laughing at a Dick-Shaped Asteroid

Stand-up comic and host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah’s recently released Netflix special, Son of Patricia, offers a number of insights into U.S racial politics as a South African, his qualms with “authentic”tourist experiences, and the difficulty of delivering political comedy under President Trump.  While at times a little unfocused, it serves as a reminder … Continue reading Trevor Noah’s “Son of Patricia” and the Terror of Laughing at a Dick-Shaped Asteroid

The Hilarious Cruelty of the Old West in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

In their latest venture, the Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an anthology of dark, comical tales from the American Old West. I found it hugely compelling, hilarious and thought-provoking in its analysis of life on the frontier, and at times a beautiful testament to Americana. One of the film’s major strengths is … Continue reading The Hilarious Cruelty of the Old West in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Why Pete Davidson’s Apology on SNL was such a welcomed change within Trump-era Political Comedy

You know Saturday Night Live has done something out of the ordinary when conservative commentators such as Ben Shapiro are caught praising it. Filmed entering an airport by TMZ, Shapiro was asked what he felt about comedian Pete Davidson’s apology to Republican Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw on the latest episode of SNL. Calling the segment “Fantastic”, … Continue reading Why Pete Davidson’s Apology on SNL was such a welcomed change within Trump-era Political Comedy

Complicity and the Peril of Misinterpretation in Joe Rogan’s “Strange Times”

Joe Rogan, the founder and host of the tycoon podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, delivers a very funny, occasionally uncomfortable, but nonetheless surprisingly sharp take on performing stand-up in the hotly-surveilled space of modern American comedy. Far from his more laid back role as podcast host, Rogan’s stand-up tears through a range of political, cultural … Continue reading Complicity and the Peril of Misinterpretation in Joe Rogan’s “Strange Times”