Comedy Review: The Carnal Magic of Scott Agnew’s “Work in Progress”

My review of the fantastic Scott Agnew's "Work in Progress" show, as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival, has been published by the excellent Mumble Comedy.   If you are interested in reading it, it can be accessed here:  https://mumblecomedy.net/2019/04/02/the-carnal-magic-of-scott-agnews-work-in-progress/  

Bollywood, “Eidster” and Appendices: The Delhi Zingers of Vir Das’ “Losing It”

Recorded in San Francisco, Indian comedian and Bollywood actor Vir Das’ new special Losing It provides insightful explorations of life in the U.S from an Indian perspective, Indian culture and politics, and modern religion. An interesting element of Das’ stand-up strikes at the difficulty of being an immigrant in the U.S, and how he translates … Continue reading Bollywood, “Eidster” and Appendices: The Delhi Zingers of Vir Das’ “Losing It”

With an Apologetic White House Correspondents’ Association, Will President Trump Try his Hand at Stand-Up Comedy?

President Trump caused a bit of a storm last week when he hinted on Twitter that he may – finally – make an appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  His conspicuous absence at each annual event since taking office has certainly taken the varnish off the association.  In contrast to President Obama’s stunningly strategic … Continue reading With an Apologetic White House Correspondents’ Association, Will President Trump Try his Hand at Stand-Up Comedy?

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”