John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018)

Just as funny and endearing as his two former Netflix comedy specials, this latest from John Mulaney will delight his fans and surely win him a slew of new ones. If you’ve seen either “New in Town” or “The Comeback Kid,” then you have a pretty good sense of what you’ll find here, and I mean that in a good way: Mulaney’s delivery remains solid and charming, his timing is damn near impeccable, and his conversational performance style makes the experience relatable and memorable. Here, Mulaney takes on a variety of topics, from his years working as a writer on “Saturday Night Live” to his experience attending college, but it’s really his political material in the latter half of the special that demarcates the routine as something special – without succumbing to facile insults, the comedian manages to lacerate the current American political landscape by addressing himself to the audience as a composite instead of a fragmented binary, and the result is surprisingly cathartic.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

 

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