Comedy

BitchWatch: 9 Comedy Specials to Help You Feel Less Alone This Holiday Season

Because we all deserve a laugh right about now.

Sex Workers Are No Longer the Butt of the Joke. They’re Making Them.

Sex-worker comedians allow audiences to see erotic labor through the lens of the people who actually do it. Read more »

“Grace and Frankie” Expands Its World, but Loses Insight into the Women at Its Center

Grace and Frankie is at its best when it follows its tried and true formula. Read more »

“Like a Boss” Takes Down a Girlboss, But Loses Its Sense of Humor

Like a Boss has a message that’s both confusing and unfunny. Read more »

Woke Jokes: 7 Comedy Specials That Transformed Stand-Up in the 2010s

The 2010s were a transformative time for comedy, both for better, and for worse. Read more »

Scared Silly: Jenny Slate’s “Stage Fright” Gives New Meaning to the Phrase “Standing up to Fear”

Stage Fright is a distillation of how we live with and confront fear, and the lifelong process—and joy—of overcoming it. Read more »

A Heartbreaking Loss: “Tuca & Bertie” Gave Trauma Survivors a Road Map for Healing

While Tuca & Bertiei s light and comical, featuring meat drawers, edible grandmas, and runaway boobs, it’s ultimately an ode to female friendship, healing, and survival. Read more »

In “Late Night,” Comedy’s Whiteness Is a Backdrop for a Love Story

Mindy Kaling holds onto her affinity for caustic, negging romance, focusing this energy on the creative partnership between two very different women. Read more »

Love, Factually: “Always Be My Maybe” Updates the Rom-Com Formula with Cultural Specificity and Heart

The best rom-coms make their predictability feel not like a weakness, but like a giddily essential pleasure. Read more »

“Always Be My Maybe” Lets Its Asian Characters Simply Exist

Always Be My Maybe features characters that are only incidentally Asian. Read more »

Teenage Kicks: “Booksmart” is an Earnest, Affirming Fantasy of Feelings

Booksmart devotes itself more to the strange, transcendent kind of intimacy that can develop between teens during a singular night. Read more »

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