Because, aviously…

In 2017 Netflix produced The Standups, a series of up-and-comers given their own short stand-up specials, a chance to show their wares, without getting a full hour special (like the recent ones of Ricky Gervais and Chris Rock).
While some of last season’s had their moments, others were absolute duds.

This year follows a similar theme, but with names even less known than the first time around, so here are the six comedians from this season, in order of my enjoyment (and no, they don’t need to be watched in any specific order, they don’t reference each other):

Brent Morin
Brent was on Undateable with Chris D’Elia, and he is the best of this group. He spends time covering Uber, drinking buddies, and a trip to NYC with his girlfriend.

My little brother is a Dr. He works 15 hour days. I work 15 minute night, and I cancel. A lot.

Aparna Nancherla
Aparna shows up as a ramen blogger in Master of None, and her self-described ‘social awkwardness and anxiety’ make her really funny…ending off on a PowerPoint slide just talks to the nerd in me.

I’m what you call a rescue. My boyfriend found me at a kill shelter.

Kyle Kinane
Kinane showed up in Judd Apatow’s Love, and covers mass shootings, the 27-club, and the Ku Klux Klan.

“Let’s get kayaks.”
“To kayak…the noun is the verb…it’s the easiest thing.”

Joe List
Joe spent some time opening for Louis C.K., and uses his set to talk about looks, gyms, and teas. I find him to be trying too hard at times, going overboard, even cursing unnecessarily to boost his humor, and it just doesn’t work.

I’ll have the caesar salad, I’m trying to watch my forehead.

Rachel Feinstein
Rachel was a Last Comic Standing finalist, who spends a lot of time talking about her parents. The problem I had with her is that the more she spoke…the less I liked her

That’s my Jewish. She loves the Star of David.

Gina Yashere
Daily Show regular, Gina is a British comedian, talking about racism, America, and trash in NYC.

Did you know there are black people in England? We. Are. Everywhere.

It’s the first day of Spring today. It’ll also be the start of the fourth blizzard of the month here in NYC. I need some music.

The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey

Oh, baby, why don’t you just meet me in the middle
I’m losing my mind just a little

Wolves – Selena Gomez & Marshmello

Second straight Marshmello song in SOTD and I hadn’t even heard of him a few months ago.

I’ve been running through the jungle
I’ve been running with the wolves
To get to you
I’ve been down the darkest alleys
Saw the dark side of the moon
To get to you
I’ve looked for love in every stranger
Took too much to ease the anger

World Gone Mad – Bastille

When it feels like the world’s gone mad
And there’s nothing you can do about it
No, there’s nothing you can do about it

Replay – Zendaya

This throwback is a reminder that there was a time before Greatest Showman and Spider-Man when Zendaya had songs stuck on my iPod on replay.

Yeah, wanna put this song on replay
I can listen to it all day
I can listen to you all day, yeah, you all day

Collateral is a Netflix Limited Series, together with the BBC2, using just four episodes to tell the story.

A pizza delivery went wrong, as the delivery man is shot leaving the house…was it a murder? A targeted hate crime? Or was it somehow tied to a Labour Party member?

The show is quick paced and an interesting British drama, with storylines from all angles, including the authorities, the killer, illegals, and politicians.

This binge-worthy murder-mystery will keep you in suspense, and by the end I felt for all those involved, something you can’t say for most shows.

Carey Mulligan (Mudbound, The Great Gatsby) plays the lead investigator, Nathaniel Martello-White as her partner. The show also stars Jeany Spark, John Simm, and Ahd Kamel, who all standout.

This quick binge is worthy of a 9 out of 10.
What’s often a flaw of a binge watch show, too many episodes and the need to fill them with fluff, is quickly erased by only having four episodes packed with story.

This Sunday I will be going to the Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College to do our yearly Passover Deliveries to the Elderly.

Bags have been getting packed all week, and we are ready to go out to the hundreds of people that are on our lists.

These lists include Holocaust survivors and home-bound, among many others, all of whom will benefit from food items to help them on the upcoming holiday.

Matzos, grape juice, pickles, and applesauce are just some of the items that they will receive.

We will have a handful of volunteers both with cars and without, who will trek across Brooklyn to fulfill the deliveries. If you want to lend a hand, especially if you have a car, feel free to email me for full details.

If you can’t come out Sunday, but still want to help, you can fund this and many other Hillel programs by donating HERE

Gad Elmaleh, a Moroccan-French-Jewish comedian, has shown up on Netflix for his first English comedy special.

He discusses speaking a foreign language and learning the terminology, most importantly putting the right emphasis on the right syllable (that line works better orally…it’s all written the same); as well as the differences between Americans and French/Moroccans…from how cabs work to shopping experiences.

I’m here, performing in English. Because Americans obviously don’t speak any other language.

Gad’s style has him strutting around the stage, peacocking on every joke that he thinks he nailed, and the audience seems to be fairly forgiving…but I don’t know that the Netflix audience will be, and the ratings/viewership is likely to drop after the first five minutes.

I was texting a girl and asked her out, and she said ‘That would be dope’. I asked my friend what that means and he said ‘It means she’s too young for you.’

His delivery and flow is good, and he does a good job tying the whole show together, getting a 6 out of 10.

Love is back for a third (and what’s supposed to be final) season. Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Paul Rust) have turned their relationship into one that people can seemingly strive for, but they can’t seem to escape from Randy and Bertie (Mike Mitchell and Claudia O’Doherty), and a getaway to Palm Springs may be the right solution…until Randy brings them all to his cousins “vacation house” and makes it that much worse.

Gus is continuing on-set as a teacher for another few months, while persuing his directing career, and Mickey is working on expanding her radio show.

Judd Apatow’s humor shines through in this show, which is no surprise, and his daughter Iris shows her strengths this season as well (as Arya, on Wichita).

Love Season 3, with guest stars, SNLs Vanessa Bayer and WLIIAs Gary Anthony Williams, is funny and subtlety awesome, and gets another 8 out of 10.

Ricky Gervais is back with his first special in seven years (if you don’t count the Golden Globes), and he wastes no time diving into it.

Not even Bill Cosby carries enough tranquilizer to bring down this next magnificent beast. Please welcome Melissa McCarthy.

Spending time covering his “feud” with Bruce Jenner, and the soft people who get offended at everything especially Twitter.

I’m not a legend. I’m not a God. I’m just an ordinary guy, going around talking to people. Sorta like Jesus.

Other topics he touches on include how dogs get their roles in this world, airline travel, having babies, and a lot of people dying.

It’s fine to be an atheist. It’s fine to believe in God, and it’s fine not to. And then I realized I don’t even have to tweet about religion or atheism, I could just tweet a fact, and that annoyed just the right people.

As for Twitter and people taking things personally, he mentions how he shouldn’t respond to people…but it’s so hard not to.

I’m not Tweeting anyone. I’m just Tweeting. I don’t know who’s following me. I’ve got 12 Million followers…….They choose to read my Tweet and then take it personally.
That’s like going into a town square, seeing a big notice board, and there’s a notice ‘guitar lessons’, and you go “But I don’t want f**king guitar lessons.”

Ricky is flat out funny and doesn’t care who he offends in the process. If you can stomach his humor (and if you can’t…then maybe comedy isn’t what you should be watching), then this needs to move up your lists and gets an 8.5 out of 10.

Season 1 of Jessica Jones, AKA My Favorite Marvel Season on Netflix, was an outstanding show and set the bar so high that everything afterward had a hard time living up to it.

Alias Investigations, with Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), vigilante superhero, and Malcolm (Eka Darville), the cleaned up druggie, running it, are dealing with the dumbest things that Jessica has had to deal with…until Pryce Cheng (Terry Chen), of Cheng Consulting, shows up and tries to absorb the company.
And if Jessica won’t allow the takeover, what won’t he do to get her to join forces? Or is this whole thing just a show for Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) to try and get back in her good graces?

I’ve killed. Ergo, I’m a killer. I don’t even know what ergo means, but it sounded right.

Jeri’s own fallout continues from sleeping with her assistant and is now being sued, all while her law partners try to force her out.

Meanwhile, Trish (Rachael Taylor) is stooping to new lows trying to get Jessica to look into her past, and IGH with Dr. Kozlov, all for content and ratings on her radio show. From dancing as Patsy to get medical records to dragging out info from 17-years earlier to try and manipulate her.
As the two of them dive deeper into IGH all sorts of craziness comes out including a new “powered” person named Wheezer, leading them to want even more answers.

Simpson is back, and Jessica finds new family ties, all while the trailers hinted at a return of Kilgrave?

What happens when we realize our dreams will never come true? They become nightmares.

Jessica/Ritter is great at the deadpan delivery, making her character fantastic, and while Jeri was not a character I enjoyed before now became a favorite of mine as this season progressed.

The show was strong, albeit not as much as Season 1, and gets a solid 8 out of 10.

I like trailers…they are little glimpses into movies. Sometimes they are just the tip of the iceberg, and other times they are the only good thing that will come from what will turn into a complete dud.
One of these (hint: it’s the last one) has the potential to flop…the others are all set to make big monies at the box office.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Marvel has been on a roll recently, with the Black Panther coming out a few weeks ago, and one of their many upcoming films is the continuation of Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man.

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

What a terrible name for the movie…but with Vanellope von Schweetz and the whole internet at Ralph’s hand, this movie looks like it’ll be great!


The latest in the Star Wars series sees a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) getting his start on the Millenium Falcon, with his good friend Chewbacca, and Donald Glover in the role of Lando.

Incredibles 2

The elastic family of Pixar is back, with a seemingly new baby that may need some help getting its powers in order.

Super Troopers 2

This strange breed of comedy is getting a reboot, and if the old jokes don’t get stale too fast, it may be able to get a few people into theater seats, with the help of some Canadians.

Wakanda has a new leader after King T’Chakas death in Captain America: Civil War and a new Black Panther has been throned in his son T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman).

But no leader can be in power without some challenges from some noteworthy people. Like Klaue (Andy Serkis), a man who has stolen from Wakanda in the past and won’t stop until he gets more vibranium. The main villain though is Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), and his anti-Black Panther makes him an intriguing character.

But while the movie is called Black Panther, I find a lot of the standout characters to be those around him. Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), T’Challa’s ex, and a Wakandan spy out in the real world; Okoye (Danai Gurira), the leader of the all-female special force, tasked with protecting the throne of Wakanda; and CIA Agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman), who just wants to make peace between Wakana and the country he is sent from.

The movie was great, but the hype and reviews were too high on it, setting the bar at unobtainable levels.
The music was pounding, the chest bouncing setting the beat, and the story was the Lion King in glorious Marvel form.
Meanwhile, the fight scenes lived up to the Marvel Cinematic Universe standards, and this movie is a very solid 8 out of 10.

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