Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (2019)

It’s probably an understatement to claim that Michelle Wolf’s brand of comedy isn’t for everyone, but those like myself who enjoy it will get a kick out of this special. Wolf is completely on brand here: She’s irreverent, caustic, and consistently hilarious, but what makes her a refreshing comic is that she’s unafraid to alienate her audience. She rejects playing it safe, and the result is an electrifying atmosphere to the hour-long performance that gives the routine a razor sharp edge. Wolf also embraces confrontation, as she does when she doubles down on talking openly and relatively graphically about women’s health issues in a way that’s both notable for its unapologetic tell-it-like-it-is candor and Wolf’s obvious glee at challenging her audience’s boundaries. Given the polarized response to Wolf’s performance at the 2019 White House Correspondents Dinner, her very presence is somewhat inherently political, so of course there’s a political edge to her material, but it’s effectively parsed out throughout her routine and its targets are definitely ecunemical. There’s a segment about her feelings towards gay men that’s gut bustingly hilarious.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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