What To Watch: Netflix Comedy Specials

netflix specialNext up in my “what to watch” series – something to provide some comedic relief! We definitely could all use a laugh right now, so let’s head to some stand up comedy. I’m partial to female comics if I’m being honest, so most of the stand up that I’ve watched is from female comedians. So first, here is a list of amazing stand up specials from some incredibly talented female comedians (and Pete Davidson) that I have already watched:

Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis (2020)

Pete Davidson: Alive From New York (2020)

Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty (2020)

Leslie Jones: Time Machine (2020)

Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019)

Iliza Shlesinger: Unveiled (2019)

Nikki Glaser: Bangin’ (2019)

Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (2019)

Amy Shumer: Growing (2019)

Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (2018)

Iliza Sclesinger: Elder Millennial (2018)

Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget (2018)

Amy Shumer: The Leather Special (2017)

Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills (2016)

Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me (2014)

micThere is also a series of comedy specials produced by Tiffany Haddish, which features shorter sets from incredible and hilarious comedians. Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready is a 6 episode set, starring Tracey Ashley, Flame Monroe, Aida Rodriguez, Marlo Williams, April Macie, and Chaunte Wayans. If you don’t want to sit down for a whole hour, these smaller and more easily digestible segments may better fill your appetite.

There are hundreds of comedy specials available on Netflix, so there’s plenty that I haven’t watched just yet. So now, here is a list of some specials that I haven’t yet but intend to watch during this time of social distancing:

Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (2019)

Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019)

Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019)

Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It? (2019)

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room (2019)

Adam Devine: Best Time Of Our Lives (2019)

Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho (2019)

Ray Romano: Right Here, Around The Corner (2019)

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All (2019)

Sebastian Maniscalo: Stay Hungry (2019)

Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia (2018)

Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018)

Bert Kreischer: Secret Time (2018)

Demetri Martin: The Overthinker (2018)

Jim Jefferies: This Is Me Now (2018)

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018)

Tig Notaro: Happy To Be Here (2018)

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018)

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous (2018)

Ricky Gervais: Humanity (2018)

Chris Rock: Tambourine (2018)

Fred Armison: Drummers Only (2018)

Kat Williams: Great America (2018)

Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation (2017)

Judd Apatow: The Return (2017)

Chris D’Elia: Man On Fire (2017)

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney: Oh, Hello On Broadway (2017)

Sarah Silverman: A Speck Of Dust (2017)

Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive (2017)

Maria Bamford: Old Baby (2017)

Dave Chappelle: Deep In The Heart Of Texas (2017)

Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry (2016)

Michael Che Matters (2016)

Bo Burnham: Make Happy (2016)

Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (2016)

John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid (2015)

Demetri Martin: Live (At The Time) (2015)

Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (2015)

Chris D’Elia: Incorrigible (2015)

Chelsea Peretti: One Of The Greats (2014)

netflix stand upThere’s honestly almost 200 comedy specials on Netflix, so there’s many that didn’t make my list! Hopefully these are able to help us to laugh through this insane time.

Keep laughing, everyone!

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The Last Black Unicorn & She Ready by Tiffany Haddish

 

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While in between TV shows to binge watch, I decided to open up my Audible app and see what was in my library waiting for me to listen to. I had downloaded both of the titles available by Tiffany Haddish: The Last Black Unicorn and She Ready. I had heard amazing things about her book, and I’m a huge fan of hers overall.

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The Last Black Unicorn is something that everyone should be reading and listening to. Tiffany’s life was ROUGH, and yet she manages to tell her story in a way that made me really laugh. After listening to that, I opened up She Ready – which was noticeably shorter in length than The Last Black Unicorn. I honestly wish I hadn’t downloaded She Ready without more knowledge, because it was really just a stand-up version of a lot of the stories that were showcased in her book. I do love her stand-up, it was just repetitive after listening to her first book. I HIGHLY recommend downloading The Last Black Unicorn, but you can skip She Ready if you do.

Like I said, Timg_9163iffany had a really rough upbringing. I can’t even believe half of the things she’s been through and was able to overcome. Between her mom’s mental illness, her time in foster care, and the amount of men who tried to take advantage of her – she’s dealt with some shit. The most appalling story Tiffany mentioned in the book involves her step-dad and several life insurance policies. My jaw basically dropped to the floor. 

haddishShe was able to get through it all by being not only funny, but also extremely clever. Tiffany is also very willing to make mistakes, figure it out, and then talk about it. She’s one of the realest people that there are in Hollywood. Tiffany is so raw, authentic, honest and absolutely hilarious.

Tiffany Haddish Comedy Special 2019I have so much love for Tiffany because of who she is, her amazing talent, and everything she’s been through. Even past her upbringing, she was able to battle being a female in comedy with so much grace. She did not let people take advantage of her success and abilities and did not pay prices that others may have paid to make it to the top.

hadThe only other book that I had listened to at this point via Audible was Lamar Odom‘s book, which was not read in his own voice. (A coach or something read the text instead). It was honestly a lot better to listen to this in Tiffany’s voice. First off, because she’s hilarious and charismatic. But also because she is connected to the story, because it’s hers. There are times she is scoffing along with the ridiculousness and times she’s audibly holding back tears. It really adds another level of consuming the text when you hear it all straight from the author’s voice.

tiffanyTiffany was actually nominated for a Grammy in the spoken word category for her reading of The Last Black Unicorn – so I promise that it’s worth the hype!

The Last Black Unicorm is available now on audible and wherever fine books are sold. You can also follow Tiffany Haddish on social media @tiffanyhaddish.

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Movie Reviews Part 1

Well, it took me over a year, but I finally finished all the movies on my list from last fall! Just in case anyone was wondering what I thought, here are my reviews and feedback from each of the films:

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Bohemian Rhapsody: A+
As a Queen fan, I absolutely loved this movie. Rami Malek makes an amazing Freddie, as we explore his amazing life and talent. The music was exceptional of course, and the Live Aid performance is almost identical to the one from real life. Will watch again and again.

 

night schoolNight School: A
This was a hilarious feel-good movie that I would definitely watch again. It’s lighthearted and easy to watch, yet still relatable on a human level. I so appreciated that the story didn’t end up with Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish getting romantically together. At the one point I thought they might, she rolled her eyes with a “boy, I’m gay”. Yaasss girl!!

 

peppermintPeppermint: A-
I genuinely applaud not only Jennifer Garner for her acting in this film, but mostly her agents for getting her this role. I’m truly impressed, and she killed it. In general, I think Hollywood is shying away from making movies like this now, but this was a great action movie. Bullets flying, car chases, explosions, all layered on top of a good plot line. It was easy to get into this movie and it wasn’t as predictable as I was expecting it to be.

 

searchSearching: B+
The entirety of the movie takes place from the screen of a laptop, where we see the plot unveil through videos, messages, phone calls and more. It actually reminded me of an episode of Modern Family that takes place entirely on an iPad. The story was interesting enough to follow along, but the format of the film was what I liked the most.

 

the nunThe Nun: B
I’m definitely not an expert when it comes to scary movies, but I really enjoyed this one. It helped to see some familiar faces from AHS and Weeds as the main characters, but even without them, the movie overall was pretty good. It had plenty of parts that made me jump, but wasn’t just gruesome for no reason. The creepy factor was high, and it wasn’t overly predictable. But again, I’m definitely not an expert in this area.

 

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A Star Is Born: B-
The movie was wonderful, but was hyped up a little too much by the time I watched it. Everyone told me I was going to cry my eyes out, but I only shed roughly one tear instead. The best part was getting to see two of my favorite queens, Willam and Shangela, on screen in drag. Other than that, I mean yeah.. it was good I guess.

 

Next up, I’ll be making my way through the movies I listed from this summer.

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2018 Emmy Award Winners (main event)

emmysThe 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards have arrived! I was able to tune in briefly to see the arrivals and red carpet looks before the main programming. Tiffany Haddish was seen commenting on her colorful dress after having won her Emmy award last night, mentioning that she’s always just having fun. Dynamic Duo Chrissy Teigen and John Legend walked hand-in-hand, making jokes about pronouncing their names. And Taraj P. Hensen, among many others, were seen looking beautiful and entering the venue.

The evening started out with a musical number attempting to celebrate our efforts with diversity and the social movements, which included all our favorite icons, from RuPaul, to John Legend, Kristen Bell, and many SNL cast members. michal and collinCollin Jost and Michael Che then were introduced and began delivering their comedy and hellos to the “thousands of people watching in the audience and the hundreds watching at home.” They noted that Netflix received the most nominations of the night, which they joked probably made networks nervous… probably not a joke.  Netflix currently has over 700 original shows, clearly reshaping what is considered “primetime television”.

Michael Che then highlights the issues with diversity on TV that were discussed in the opening number. Many reboots of our favorite shows will include a more diverse cast in the upcoming TV season, including a Latino Magnum PI and Latina cast of Charmed. After some quick laughs, the awards were then given for the Comedy nominations!

Henry Winkler (Barry)Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Henry Winkler (Barry)
Nominations: Louie Anderson (Baskets), Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)

Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Nominations: Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live), Betty Gilpin (GLOW), Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace)

Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Nominations: Pamela Adlon (Better Things),  Allison Janney (Mom), Issa Rae (Insecure), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)

Bill HaderOutstanding Leading Actor in a Comedy Series: Bill Hader (Barry)
Nominations: Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Ted Danson (The Good Place), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Donald Glover (Atlanta), William H. Macy (Shameless)

Other awards that were given in the Comedy category:
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Amy Sherman Paladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Amy Sherman Paladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

An important message was quickly thrown in at the end of Rachel Brosnahan’s thank you – a reminder to VOTE this November! However, the irony became apparent at this point in the program that although the cast sang of diversity on television in the opening song and dance, all of the award winners at this point so far have been white. This was of course highlighted by Michael Che, who also called everyone out for not thanking Jesus in their speech. (Isn’t like, half of Hollywood Jewish? Just saying.) Next up, Limited Series or Movie nominations!

Merritt Wever (Godless)Outstanding Supporting Actress in Limited Series or Movie:  Merritt Wever (Godless)
Nominations: Sara Bareilles (Jesus Christ Superstar), Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace), Judith Light (The Assassination of Gianni Versac), Adina Porter (American Horror Story: Cult), Letitia Wright (“Black Museum”, Black Mirror)

Jeff Daniels (Godless)Outstanding Supporting Actor in Limited Series or Movie: Jeff Daniels (Godless)
Nominations: Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar), John Leguizamo (Waco), Ricky Martin (The Assassination of Gianni Versace), Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace), Michael Stuhlbarg (The Looming Tower), Finn Wittrock (The Assassination of Gianni Versace)

Regina King (Seven Seconds)Outstanding Leading Actress in Limited Series or Movie: Regina King (Seven Seconds)
Nominations: Jessica Biel (The Sinner), Laura Dern (The Tale), Michelle Dockery (Godless), Edie Falco (Law & Order: Menendez Murders), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)

Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace)Outstanding Leading Actor in Limited Series or Movie: Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace)
Nominations: Antonio Banderas (Genius), Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose), Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower), John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar), Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror: USS Callister)

Other awards that were given in the Limited Series or Movie category:
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie: William Bridges and Charlie Brooker (USS Callister)
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Movie: Ryan Murphy (The Assassination of Gianni Versace)

The highlight of this stretch was of course, the wonderful and beautiful legend that is Betty White. 24 Emmy nominations, 8 of which she won the award, and at 96 years old looks amazing to tell the tales. Betty steals the hearts of viewers everywhere with her charm and her humor delivered in the sweet, high pitched shaky voice. Don’t ever leave us, Betty – we love you! Other note here that made me laugh is the lack of voice that Leslie Jones will have tomorrow after screaming for Regina King while announcing her win. Finally, some of that diversity you all were talking about. Michael Che was again quick to point this out, followed by rolling a digital short where he hands out Emmy trophies to black actors and actresses from shows such as Family Matters, The Jeffersons, and the Wayans Bros. There is a clear and present theme to tonight’s program.

Awards given in the Variety Special category:
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: John Mulaney (Kid Gorgeous at Radio City)
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: Glenn Weiss (The Oscars)

Stop everything! Glenn Weiss used his time for his acceptance speech to let his lovely lady know that the reason that he doesn’t like to call her his girlfriend, is because he wants to call her his wife! She then was ushered onto the stage and Glenn gave a very relatable speech before sliding a family heirloom on her finger as she excitedly nodded yes. Cute another hilarious reaction from Leslie Jones and all the tears in the audience and probably across America. Next was a beautiful ode to all the souls we lost this year from the entertainment industry, as the voice of Aretha Franklin played. And up next, the Drama nominations!

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)Outstanding Supporting Actor in Drama Series: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale), David Harbour (Stranger Things), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) Matt Smith (The Crown)

Thandie Newton (Westworld)Outstanding Supporting Actress in Drama Series: Thandie Newton (Westworld)
Nominations: Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Vanessa Kirby (The Crown), Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Matthew Rhys (The Americans)Outstanding Leading Actor in Drama Series: Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Nominations: Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Jason Bateman (Ozark), Ed Harris (Westworld), Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us), Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

Claire Foy (The Crown)Outstanding Leading Actress in Drama Series: Claire Foy (The Crown)
Nominations: Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Keri Russell (The Americans), Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)

Other awards that were given in the Drama category:
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg (The Americans)
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Stephen Daldry (The Crown)

Alright, we’re getting to the end here. Before wrapping up with the last of the awards, there is a quick look back at how far the Emmy Awards has come, presented by the Chairman of the Academy, Hayma Washington. And finally, the big winners!

RuPaul's Drag RaceOutstanding Reality-Competition Program: RuPaul’s Drag Race
Nominations: The Amazing Race, American Ninja Warrior, Project Runway, Top Chef, The Voice

Saturday Night LiveOutstanding Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live
Nominations: At Home With Amy Sedaris, Drunk History, I Love You America With Sarah Silverman, Portlandia, Tracey Ullman’s Show

Last Week Tonight With John OliverOutstanding Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Nominations: The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

The Assassination of Gianni VersaceOutstanding Limited Series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Nominations: The Alienist, Godless, Genius, Patrick Melrose

 The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselOutstanding Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Nominations: Atlanta, Barry, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glow, Silicon Valley, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Game of ThronesOutstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones
Nominations:  The Americans, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, This Is Us, Westworld

I think the overall message from tonight is to celebrate the strides that we have made in diversity and representation, but recognize that there is a long way to go. You have to look back to go forward. But hey – here’s to some truly great television!

For a full list of nominees and award winners from the 2018 Emmy Awards, visit www.emmys.com. To read my highlighted list of award winners from over the weekend, click here! And make sure to visit kellyoharadesign.com every week for lots of recommendations, reviews, and ideas regarding TV and movies from an expert in the industry.

There were many programs both nominated and awarded that I have not yet seen, so I guess I have plenty of TV to watch. On a personal note, GO RUPAUL!!!!!!! “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love someone else – can I get an ‘Amen’ up in here?! Now, let the music play!”

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2018 Emmy Award Winners (sat & sun)

Getting excited for the TV red carpet event of the year?! The 70th PrimeTime Emmy Awards broadcasts live tonight, September rs_1024x576-180710125059-1024.emmys.7131817th at 8PM on NBC, hosted by SNL’s Collin Jost and Michael Che. Over the weekend, many nominations received their award on nights one and two that took place on September 15th and 16th. In case you need a recap, here is a highlight of several 2018 Emmy winners so far:

Samira Wiley, Handmaid_s TaleOutstanding Guest Actress on a Drama Series – Samira Wiley, Handmaid’s Tale

This Is Us - Season 1Outstanding Guest Actor on Drama Series – Ron Cephas Jones, This is Us

Tiffany Haddish, SNLOutstanding Guest Actress on a Comedy Series – Tiffany Haddish, SNL

Katt Williams, AtlantaOutstanding Guest Actor on a Comedy Series – Katt Williams, Atlanta

Queer EyeOutstanding Structured Reality Program – Queer Eye

United Shades of AmericaOutstanding Unstructured Reality Program – United Shades of America

RuPaul, RuPaul's Drag RaceOutstanding Host for a Reality Program – RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

U.S.S. Callister Mutato Building EventOutstanding Television Movie – USS Callister

Mandy Moore, So You Think You Can DanceOutstanding Choreography – Mandy Moore, So You Think You Can Dance

Game of ThronesOutstanding Special Visual Effects – Game of Thrones

James Corden_s Next James CordenOutstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama – James Corden’s Next James Corden

one-direction-joins-james-corden-for-carpool-karaoke-720x720Outstanding Short Form Variety Series – Carpool Karaoke

Rick and MortyOutstanding Animated Program – Rick and Morty

Robot ChickenOutstanding Short Form Animated Program – Robot Chicken

Alex Borstein, Family GuyOutstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Alex Borstein, Family Guy

Dave Chappelle, EquanimityOutstanding Pre-Recorded Variety Special – Dave Chappelle, Equanimity

Tune in tonight at 8 PM to see the rest of the big winners! (For a list of nominations and some predictions from someone in the industry, click HERE!)

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