Turn Off The Lights

I enjoyed Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix special, but I blame director Spike Jonze for using one of my pet peeve distractions during the show.

Review: Marc Maron

I’ve been a fan of so many things Marc Maron has done, but until a few nights ago, I’d never seen him perform in person. Here’s my review.

Review: Jeff Ross and Dave Attell

Together, these veteran standups are a one-two punch who seem to want to make each other laugh as much as the audience. Saturday night, they accomplished both.

Some Showbiz Stuff

Notes on a new Netflix special from Wanda Sykes, the chemistry of Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini on “Dead To Me,” and a movie I included in my Best Of 2018 that has finally made its streaming debut.

Picture Of The Day: Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey is a British comedian you probably haven’t heard of — I hadn’t until today — but this clip from a charity event last fall will give you a taste of a clever, funny man.

Best Thing I’ve Heard Today

Elayne Boosler, one of my all-time favorite comedians and a real trailblazer — the first female standup to do contemporary, observational humor — explains the sexist obstacles she had to overcome to have a successful career.

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Two different takes on the leaked audio of Louis CK’s recent comedy club set, in which he joked about the Parkland shooting students and non-binary youth. Their pieces are not about his material, but about whether it’s right to judge the work-in-progress of a comedian trying out material on stage.