This film about Roxanne Shante has an intimate indie vibe nicely suited to its subject: rap stardom in the days before hip-hop culture went global.
Author Archives: JASON ZINOMAN
The Australian stand-up Hannah Gadsby examines a culture that excuses abuse and takes on comedy’s pieties. Laughter is not good medicine, in her view.
Nell Scovell is the rare woman in TV comedy writers’ rooms, and while she welcomes the current reckoning brought on by #MeToo, she is wary of change.
Marianne Ways is a tastemaker in the Brooklyn comedy scene, but putting together a show also requires connections and a lot of persistence.
The comedian’s first new hour-long special in a decade digs into the end of his 16-year marriage.
“Chris Rock: Tambourine,” his first stand-up special since “Kill the Messenger” in 2008, will be released on Netflix on Valentine’s Day.
Fred Armisen’s new special is the ultimate example of niche comedy: gags about drummers aimed at a crowd made up entirely of drummers.
The short sets will focus on veterans and up-and-comers, not A-list stars, and may represent a major change for the business of comedy.
Jump scares and monsters: Those are the hallmarks of seminal horror, and the label should be a badge of honor, not something to shun at awards time.
In Sam Hoffman’s directorial debut, a sad-sack played by Jemaine Clement moves in his with his ebullient father, portrayed by Elliott Gould.