Alive at 40 (2017)

STORY – n/a
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/4

Pros –
1) A smart stand-up for witty people.
2) Mumbai builders taglines, his own experience in corporate gigs, British Raj jokes are the best part of this 50-minutes stand-up
3) His running gag:: “I won’t name her on my show, not important.”

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“That was the genius of Mahatma Gandhi. He told a billion who didn’t wanna fight – don’t fight.”

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Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Chris Rock – Divorce mellowed down this artist but still good.One-third act was on relationship and divorce.
2) The bit questioning education system and bullies was solid.

 

 

Cons –
1) Police brutality, gun violence racism, guns – cliched jokes

 

 

Quote –
“You can be ANYTHING you’re good at…as long as they’re hiring.”

Haq Se Single by Zakir Khan (2017)

STORY – N/A
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Stand-Up comedy like a TED-Talk

 

Cons –

 

1) Now it’s not spontaneous – it’s made up. Zakir trying to act like Zakir.
2) 30 minutes too long for a stand-up act

 

Quote –

 

“Mere hisab se duniya mein do tarah ke log hote hain – Ek jinko Gangs of Wasseypur pasand hai aur dusre sab saale Ramadhir ke aadmi !”

Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017)

STORY – N/A
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 2/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Finally – a stand-up act from Jerry Seinfeld
2) Climactic end footage with Johnny Carson

 

Cons –

 

1) 75 % Old material – was expecting lots of new internet age jokes (e.g. Uber joke)

 

 

Quote –

 

“I was either eating 100% sugar, or airborne.”

 

Louis C.K. 2017 (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Playing devil’s advocate throughout – Abortion, Religion, Pets, Greek Mythology, Old Couple, Magic Mike & Homosexuality

 

Cons –

 

1) Closing act was mediocre

 
Quote –

 
If you get a dog, get a rescue dog. Don’t get a puppy from those horrible people who professionally raise dogs carefully