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Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King #Review

Hasan Minhaj. You may not be familiar with his name, but after watching his new Netflix standup special Homecoming King I am certain that we will be hearing him for many years.

Hasan is a correspondent on Comedy Centrals The Daily Show joining when it was hosted by Jon Stewart and hosted the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner.
I don’t watch The Daily Show, but after hearing him recently with Dan LeBatard on ESPN Radio, I watched the dinner and found him to be decently funny.

Times passed, I don’t think about that day….I mean I did write a show about it.

With the launch of his Netflix Special this week Hasan takes his comedy to the next level. His quirky delivery is enjoyable and his stories are all relatable.
From interreligious marriages to immigrants and to seeing post-9/11 and racism from the other side of the coin, plus many other life moments.

Our parents are like, ages 0-30, don’t talk to girls. Then at 35 they are like ‘why can’t you talk to girls’!?

Personally, I found this special hilarious and a must watch on your next comedy night, giving it a 9 out of 10.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 3 – #Review

Kimmy Schmidt is back for Season 3 and the adventures never end.

Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is heading to college and filing for divorce, Titus (Tituss Burgess) is back after a failed cruise and fighting off scurvy, and Lillian (Carol Kane) kicks her stardom up a notch and is the underlying star of the season…
Who am I kidding, she’ll always be overshadowed by the antics of Kimmy and Titus and all the unbreakableness they bring to the table.

Peter Riegert is the fresh celebrity face for this season, taking over after a brief Fred Armison appearance.

The soft serve chocolate ice cream emoji.

But also back in this show are the forced songs and the full Lemonade experience. What was seemingly spontaneous in Season 1, and what felt like “trying too hard” in Season 2, turns into well-scripted songs for the third Season.
While Lemonade may not be my cup of tea, it is very well done, and the tracks dropped with “Gordie Gordie Gordie” are sure to be a Pinot Noir sized hit.

And even though I just said doody, I’m not laughing.

The former mole people aren’t gone though, as Gretchen starts her own cult, and Jacqueline’s (Jane Krakowski) step-daughter Xanthippe (Dylan Gelula) takes on a larger role and becomes a little less annoying.

Thumbs are for hitchhiking and being Fonzy.

Netflix series are also becoming self-aware, and seemingly in the same universe, as Litchfield (the jail from Orange is the New Black) makes an appearance.

What the heck is a Minton?

This show keeps up its humor and enjoyability, getting a 9 out of 10.

Linkin Park – One More Light

Linkin Park’s seventh album comes as artists try to reinvent themselves to stay relevant (see Paramore last Friday), and One More Light is a mix of pop songs trying to get on the radio.

While the sounds on some of them are really good, it’s kind of strange hearing Chester Bennington stray so far away from the screeching and voice that put Linkin Park on the map (think One Step Closer and Crawling), and it just doesn’t work for Linkin Park.

Heavy (feat. Kiiara) was the single dropped, and it set the tone for what was to be expected. Meanwhile, Good Goodbye has ‘Stormzy’ in it, singing about how he’s performing with Linkin Park and everyone else can just get lost…but doesn’t actually contribute anything to the song or album, yet ‘Pusha T’ may be the saving grace of the song with a strong rap game mixed with Mike Shinoda dropping what he’s best known for (back in Remember The Name and Fort Minor days).

So with all that said, I am torn…I like the album for what it is, a dip into the Pop World; but as a Linkin Park fan, I miss (and need back) the Metal days.
The songwriting from Bennington and Shinoda are top notch, which helped move it up from 6 to a 7 out of 10.

Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough #YouTube #Movie #Review

YouTube Red presents Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough, a look inside the emotional journey and roller coaster ride of Lindsey’s recent album and tour.

Turning 30 and recently losing her best friend, all while dealing with family problems, Lindsey takes you behind the scenes as her tour gets underway, as well as playing at the famous Dolby Theatre, home of The Oscars.

From the age of five, she has played the violin and it hasn’t always been fun and games. She played on the streets and in the subways after college, as well as going to LA on America’s Got Talents before getting chewed out and eliminated, which only made her want it more. So she turned things around and started experimenting with dubstep and EDM, and her quickly growing YouTube view count took off.

Lindsey shares so much more with the viewers, as her journey and story are worth the watch. Watching it makes you feel the emotion that went into the album, something usually only the band members know about and understand. It also lets you hear how she got where she is today and what drives her to keep carrying on.

One other interesting part is hearing the backstories to some songs, including one of my favorites in Shatter Me, which is one giant metaphor for her fight with anorexia.

For those with a subscription to YouTube Red, give this one a watch, and I’ll give it a 7.5 out of 10.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes #Game #Review

I’ve finally found my first VR experience that I just don’t want to leave.

It’s a game called Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, and they aren’t joking when they say to keep talking.

Keep Talking is a MultiPlayer game with one player in the VR (the bomb defuser) and the other players in the real world (with a manual).

The bomb defuser is locked in a room with a bomb. The bomb has a countdown, a limit to how many mistakes can be made, and an X number of modules.
These modules range from colored wires to word games and from buttons to mazes.

The catch is that the defuser doesn’t know how to solve any of them without the manual…which is in the hands of the real world people, and with constant communication, the two parties try to solve it all before the bomb explodes. The defuser can’t see the manual…and the manual readers can’t see the bomb.

I’ve spent 7+ hours playing this over the last few days, and am immersed in the experience.

Be sure you and the other players have good communication, and won’t get annoyed when you’re screaming at each other for failing at seemingly simple tasks.

Master of None #Season2

Master of None is back for another whirlwind season, as Aziz Ansari’s Dev continues his pasta making in Italy.

The season starts with Dev getting a birthday text from his ex, Rachel, sending him off into another tailspin and world traveling adventure.

The show touching on everything, from religion and dating to Clash of the Cupcakes and pork.
But it’s Aziz’s humor and supporting cast (and cameos) that keep this show a step above some of the other ones.

I’m a kid, I don’t watch Netflix. -Mario

Alessandra Mastronardi stars as Francesca, Eric Wareheim is back as the ‘big to his little’ Arnold.
Meanwhile, John Legend shows up for a musical performance, and Bobby Cannavale has a recurring role as the loud Chef Jeff.
And of course, the underrated stars of Season 1, his actual parents, make their return, this time with more tech issues for him to solve, and make him feel a little guilty for living his life.

Aren’t you two grown a** men? – Denise
Yeah, but we’re scared of our parents! – Dev

My favorite episode actually doesn’t star any of our main characters and is entitled New York, I Love You. The episode cycles through the lives of a few New Yorkers and highlights the ups and downs of working the needed jobs of NYC, from a doorman to a deaf grocery clerk to a taxi driver.

The show was thoroughly enjoyable and holds up its 8.5 out of 10.

Paramore – After Laughter

Paramore has taken a turn, and after bursting onto the scene with their first two albums, and their highest charted alt song of Misery Business, they leveled off into comfortable ground on their next two albums, producing great music across the sounds from The Only Exception to Ain’t It Fun.
But now comes their latest album, After Laughter, with sounds of the 80s mixed throughout.

On my first listen-throughs, I enjoyed the early single of Hard Times, but it was the album’s third and fourth songs that pulled me in.
Told You So is a catchy tune (video below) and Forgiveness may be the one that got me hooked and starting to feel the changed tunes of Paramore.

And you, you want forgiveness
(I can barely hang on to myself)
But I, I can’t give you that
And you, you want forgiveness
(I’m afraid that I’ll have nothing left)
But I, I just can’t do it yet

I still go back and listen Brick by Boring Brick and That’s What You Get, but I don’t know just yet that any of these songs will crack my “Paramore” playlist.
(Yeah, I have playlists with top songs from most of my artists…that sounds like an idea for another string of posts…)

I wish they had crushcrushcrush’d it with this album, but it’s still a solid 7.5 out of 10.