Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019)

CONTENT – 1
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 3/3

 

PROS –
1) A calmer Aziz post #MeToo, lampooning the hyper-woke culture.
2) The “Nazi-Pizza” bit.
3) The bit on R. Kelly and Michael Jackson, reigniting the argument on separating the man from his art.
4) An emotional climax.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
But now, when I see you guys here, it hits me in a different way. I think about what it means that all you guys, you drove down here, you waited in line. And you did all of this stuff just to hear me talk into a microphone for, like, an hour or so. And it means the world to me, ’cause…I saw the world…where I don’t ever get to do this again.

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Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (2019)

CONTENT – 0
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 1/3

 
PROS –
1) Ray Romano’s self-pity comedy remains his main USP. This time he shared his experience of being a 60-year-old family man.
2) Climax with his real family

 

CONS –
1) Average content, no big laughs

 
QUOTE –
“I think men know the dilemma, here.No witnesses, nobody…”

Alive at 40 (2017)

CONTENT – 1
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 3/3

 

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.”

Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018)

CONTENT – 1
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/3

 

 

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)

CONTENT – 1
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 2/3

 

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)

CONTENT – 0
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 1/3

 

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.”