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Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife2018

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018)



Critic Consensus: Ali Wong emerges a mother still perturbed in Hard Knock Wife, a hilariously honest hour of comedy that highlights the joys and oh boys of motherhood with fearless energy and just the right amount of squirmy detail.

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Two years after giving birth to her daughter, a very pregnant Ali Wong returns to Netflix in her second original stand-up comedy special, Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife. The always unapologetic and nasty first time mom gets real on why having kids is not all it's cracked up to be, including the challenges of breastfeeding, balancing family and career post pregnancy, and why all women deserve three years of paid maternity leave. Filmed at Toronto's Winter Garden Theatre, the one-hour special premieres globally on May 13, 2018, only on Netflix.

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More importantly, she speaks her truth without guilt, contrasting popular discourse about mothers feeling ashamed of returning to work too quickly or hanging out with friends without bringing their baby along.

March 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Hard Knock Wife's most inspired moments come from Wong's ability to make the natural sound almost alien, and sometimes even downright terrifying.

December 27, 2018 | Full Review…

She has great command of pacing and long pauses.

December 27, 2018 | Full Review…
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[Wong's] new set is filled with searing takes on the limits of maternity leave and the disappointments of early motherhood. Dad jokes, step aside.

November 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Wong uses her body and her subject matter to challenge you, but Wolf pushes the limits in every joke with a distinctive, high-pitched voice that is easy to hate. It's a cloying screech that she acknowledges sure, but it never goes away.

July 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Perhaps the most radical thing about Hard Knock Wife is that nowhere in her routine does Wong mention the obvious fact that, once again, she is pregnant. One way of interpreting her silence is as a bold gesture of liberation...

June 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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