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 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 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.
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 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 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.
A 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.