Archive for the ‘Stand Up’ Category

This stand up comedy show really surprised me. Gad Elmaleh has never been able to make me smile in French, but this English show made me laugh out loud a lot. Just because it’s so recognizable what he is referring to. This is exactly the same stuff I tell guests from the states who visit France. So, no, he’s not original. If you’ve been traveling with me and then you see this show, you’d think he stole my jokes. But hey, he’s performing on stage and has a netflix show. So there you go! Way to go.

Ha! This is good. If you like Ricky Gervais that is. It’s not excellent. It’s not really a stand up comedy show. It’s more of a listen to Ricky Gervais give his opinion about the world we live in – show. There are too many serious moments. It’s also too much focussing on getting back at twitter trolls who have annoyed him in the past couple of years. Get over it, Ricky! And why isn’t there any joke about the yearly cruel dog festival in China? That part is too preachy man. Great of you to make it your cause, but you’re a comedian. Find at least one joke that works in the serious context. That said, there are enough good remarks throughout the show.

Not all is funny, but some bits are hilarious. Chelsea Peretti just talks and talks. There’s not really a concept or so. It’s like she’s on a high and says all the funny things that ever made people laugh around her. Which is fine. Because there are a lot of things that are funny. She has a quirky way of telling stories and she’s goofy.

saw it on netflix, but it’s on youtube as well:

Two ‘netflix’ specials by comedian Dave Chappelle, who was on a break for several years and is now back with all kinds of material. Equanimity is a stand up comedy show with really funny stuff. Recorded in Chicago for a mixed crowd. The best joke is where he disses rappers Jay-Z and Nas for assuming life in the hood was worse than his life in middle class white america. “In the hood everyone is poor. There is no discrimination. Where I grew up, I was the only poor black kid. That’s much tougher.” The jokes work. That’s why they are used in the trailer! He’s a very amiable guy. Sometimes it’s edgy. He’s not really transphobic, but they are the butt of a lot of jokes. Some good, most bad. The weird thing is that he’s already apologizing for offending them. The Bird Revelation is more of a sit down storytelling bit. It’s very political and he’s not funny trying to be serious. His depiction of gay people is a bit backward. As if all of them are effeminate. But he’s not really homophobic. The latter show got some backlash because of the fact that he makes jokes about the whole #metoo issues. Some are on point though. What the latter show is missing is repetition. It’s like there were no tryouts for that show. It’s nice that it looks improvised, but it’s just not as funny as other stuff Chappelle does.


Trevor Noah is a bit of an overconfident arrogant dick. But he gets away with it, because he’s also really good. This documentary follows the stand up comedian during the months leading up to his first one man show. It’s a fascinating documentary. It shows a lot of Trevor Noah, who’s being interviewed one on one and who’s being filmed as he prepares for gigs, visits the places where he grew up and goes on stage for the first time in LA. They also let other people speak. Some of his family and friends, but also some of the older generation of comedians in South Africa who absolutely hate his guts.

Worth the watch. 

Dying Laughing – **(*)

Posted: November 6, 2017 in 2016, Comedy, Documentary, Stand Up, UK, USA, XX1/2

A great, cohesive collection of interview snippets about life as a stand up comedian. That’s all it is. For 99 cents on iTunes.

American/Australian/British stand up comedians talk about their first gig, how they deal with hecklers, bombing so hard they want to re-think their career and much more… It’s quite serious and informative. But it’s comedians who explain things, so it’s quite funny as well. At times.

Too bad you can’t watch the full interviews of each stand up comedian. Some only appear on-screen for just one answer. The editing must have been a terrible job. But the end result is good. It has a flow. A rhythm. A set up. Start of with the fun part, go to the serious part, end with the rewarding part.

Sure, the big names have interesting things to say, but it’s the lesser known ones who really get you intrigued. The ones who make hardly any money and have been going on road trips for years without getting the big break. Time to look up more of their stuff. 

Jimmy Carr Telling Jokes – *(*)

Posted: October 24, 2017 in 2009, Comedy, Stand Up, UK, X1/2

Only ten percent of the jokes told by Jimmy Carr are hilarious. About 40 percent of them are pretty funny. Half of them are lame. It’s not a consistently good show. In fact, the telling jokes part is terrible. The interaction with the audience is excellent. (see below) The guy needs to improvise more. Just going on stage and telling random jokes just doesn’t work. The final part, where he tests the audience’s tolerance to inappropriate jokes is good. But none of them are really offensive. Not even the ‘most offensive joke ever’. (see even further below)

There’s a comedy central performance as an extra, which is even unfunnier. The only interesting there are the reactions of the (American) audience who just don’t get the insulting British sarcasm.

“If you were a type of soup, what kind of a soup would you be?” That was a funny interactive moment. (see below).




Wanted to laugh with jokes in my own language.

Watched two stand up comedians. Guga Baul is an imitator who does great things in Tegen De Sterren Op, but failed to make me laugh with his first solo performance. Imitation is great for sketches, not for a show. Bart Cannaerts’ show is fun from the beginning until the end. There’s a little dip in the middle of the show, but the finished on a highlight, with his anti Ryan Gosling song!

Larger Than Life – ***1/2

Posted: September 25, 2014 in 2011, Comedy, Flanders, Stand Up, XXX1/2

Larger Than Life is stand up comedian Alex Agnew’s best of – show. And it’s hilarious. It’s so much more Alex Agnew than his last performance The Legend Ends. The guy excels at imitating sounds and creating funny absurd characters, which works great in a large event hall. It’s remarkable how his best moments aren’t politically incorrect. They are centered around sex, faeces, sex, penises, vomit, music and sex. Sure, his comments on religious fundamentalists are clever as well. But in the end, you’ll laugh the most when he imitates a mosquito or parodies a Hitler speech for more tits and asses!

you’ll only get it if you understand Dutch (and German as spoken by the Dutch-speakers): All Women Should Have Big Tits! No Sillicone Tits that remain upright when the women are on their back. And for the our fellow gay friends: Big Dicks!

The Legend Ends – ***

Posted: September 25, 2014 in 2013, Comedy, Flanders, Stand Up, XXX

When a stand up comedian fills the biggest event hall of the country, expectations are high. Especially when the comedian is a bit of an anti-establishment rebel who disses everything that is mainstream. The irony.

Alex Agnew is very popular with the festival crowd. He makes rock ‘n roll comedy and is a master in imitating sounds and expressions. He’s politically incorrect and is at his best when he exaggerates and gives an absurd twist to very common events or opinions. His humor asks for a big stage and it surprisingly works well. He manages to be interactive with a + 15K crowd and improvises at times. It takes some time to start laughing, but once it gets going it’s a lot fun.

The show has English subtitles, but isn’t really intended for an international audience. Flemish humor can be really absurd and ironic and is much more vulgar and hard than that of neighboring cultures. In fact, the French-speaking part of Belgium doesn’t get our humor and considers it racist. Just because they don’t get the irony. Part of the show deals about how political correctness has changed our natural-born sense of laughing with each others differences and that’s exactly where the show has its flaws too. Alex Agnew has to explain the jokes, put them in a context, reassure people that it’s humor and you feel that he’s frustrated about it. Maybe that’s why he’s taking a break from comedy.

Not every joke or social comment is right on, but if you’re a fan of Little Britain give it a chance.