Category: DVD

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Nick Thune

Folk Hero
Comedy Central

By Elise Czajkowski

As with so many specials, it’s not that Thune isn’t funny or fun to watch; he has plenty of charm, and it’s easy to see that an hour in his company could be a pleasant night out. But that feeling doesn’t quite translate to his recording.

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Kumail Nanjiani

Beta Male
Comedy Central

By John Wenzel

Beta Male is neither cliquish nor exclusionary. Nanjiani’s style is smart but also unusually welcoming, laced with self-conscious colloquialisms yet relatable in its observational goofiness.

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Gabriel Iglesias

Aloha Fluffy
Comedy Central

By John Wenzel

Gabriel Iglesias doesn’t so much tell jokes as act them out like classic radio plays, inhabiting various characters with a snappy, head-spinning precision that would make most vocal actors jealous.

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Joan Rivers

Don't Start With Me
Entertainment One

By John Wenzel

Much of the humor lies not just in the calloused delivery, but the speed with which she attacks her targets. She’ll climb over any mountain to get to a punchline, and her focus is so intense it’s both scary and awesome.

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Hannibal Buress

Animal Furnace
Comedy Central

By Austin L. Ray

It’s almost as if he’s a comedic guidance counselor, pointing his audience to better decisions. But at the same time, he’ll be the first to admit it’s all kind of bullshit.

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Patton Oswalt

Finest Hour
Comedy Central

By Austin L. Ray

More than simple celebration and appreciation, Finest Hour depicts Oswalt as a man learning as he goes. He still talks plenty of shit, but he also turns the focus on himself.