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Kathryn VanArendonk

Kathryn VanArendonk
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) I'm still sad that I never saw it on stage, but I'm also so grateful that this filmed version exists! It was lovely! I can see what all the fuss was about!‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
83% Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning (2020) 3 in the Morning is so funny and smart and well done, full of bluster, pride, and insight. I would've happily hung around to listen to Jay sneer and smirk and wink and scoff her way through another hour.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
No Score Yet Yvonne Orji: Momma, I made it! (2020) It is a testament to how well the comedy works and how effective it is at being hilarious while also introducing voices and ideas that will be new to some of Orji's viewers. The documentary footage is unnecessary; Orji can say plenty on her own.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
92% Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) Douglas, while railing against the patriarchy and expounding on the blinkered social response to neurodivergence, also happens to be pretty fun.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
100% Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything (2020) It's a pattern that repeats throughout his material, but it doesn't feel repetitive because each Oswalt-invented weirdo is individual and surprising in their own way. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
75% Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (2020) Half of it sucks; half is great. It's too simple as a way to summarize the special, because both parts are the same comedian using the same techniques, and all of them are some version of Seinfeld.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
No Score Yet Maria Bamford: Weakness is the Brand (2020) By performing her flaws as well as she does, Bamford's still just proving her own greatness.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
71% Marc Maron: End Times Fun (2020) It is furious and exhausted and funny and thoughtful, and if the apocalypse is coming, Marc Maron will at least help you crack a wry chuckle before your face catches fire.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
40% Pete Davidson: Alive From New York (2020) [Davidson] may be stitching together all the pieces of his life and examining them for the odd, remarkable, tragic, difficult, unlikely events they are. But as an hour of comedy, the work is not finished.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
100% Leslie Jones: Time Machine (2020) As much as anything else in Time Machine, the missing eyelashes communicate how big and ebullient Jones's performance is. She has the ability to make a careful performance feel wildly combustible.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
100% Mike Birbiglia: The New One (2019) The New One is the kind of thing that makes you want to speak in superlatives. It's the most moving, most honest, most surprising and tender, and it's also wildly funny. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
96% John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) There's so much care and craft in Sack Lunch Bunch. All the musical numbers work, and occasionally they're breathtakingly good.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
100% Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (2019) It's closer to the experience of watching a truly talented musician do covers of hit records. The pleasure is in the way Wolf finds new ways to interpret them, in the technique required to hone the material until it's this sharp and effective. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
No Score Yet Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (2019) Its dominant impression is of being extremely cute, in a way that usually means Aww, it's really a cute special! but which occasionally veers into something closer to a self-aware impish cutesiness.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
100% Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019) In spite of my reservations, though, the final leg of Slate's stand-up does feel like a sum that's doing its best to capitalize on all of the hour's many parts.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
100% Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh (2019) The Great Depresh is also proof of the idea that a story about getting better - a story about one guy recovering and an entire culture of mental health-related shame diminishing - can also be a funny story. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
86% Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019) Aside from the opening several minutes, Burr's whole set is like that: thoughtful, surprising, introspective. He keeps yelling, of course.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
100% My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres (2019) But for those who are really tickled by Torres's comedy, the special will become exactly what one of those precious, beloved objects is to him: something resoundingly idiosyncratic, with a personality that not everyone can see. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
84% Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Right Now feels like a reckoning because it feels like an hour of Ansari, actively and sometimes futilely and often hilariously, attempting to wrestle with what it means to be an artist in the world right now.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
5/5 98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) It feels beautiful and unsubtle and deeply sweet that Deadwood: The Movie gestures toward an ending by starting with the birth of a baby. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
100% Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (2019) As a whole, the special would be stronger if there were more sequences with that kind of multilayered thoughtfulness. But Not Normal has plenty of moments that stand out on their own, more than justifying the few bits that feel a little thin. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
80% Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward (2019) Then, just as you're about to rise up in fury, you realize that with sneakily self-immolating deftness, all of Jeselnik's most devastating hits land squarely on himself.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
No Score Yet Howie Mandel Presents Howie Mandel at the Howie Mandel Comedy Club (2018) It's a winking kind of gesture, a way for him to say, "Look at this delightful mess I've made." And there is something sort of delightful about it - in how deft he is at wrapping the audience up in a nice bow and presenting them back to themselves.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
100% Kevin Hart: Irresponsible (2019) It's funny! But it leaves you a little annoyed that you never got to the part where you and Hart get to ride the coaster for real.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
79% Amy Schumer Growing (2019) Too often, though, Growing is an exercise in well-trodden territory. In spite of showing off her own skin, and in spite of how personal this special is, Schumer's revelations rarely get past the superficial.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
92% Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (2018) It's goofy, and if there's an edge underneath DeGeneres's frustration with the complaint that she may no longer be relatable, it's buried deep. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018