Stand-Up Comedy (well… Netflix originals)

Recent finds of humour, giggles, and inappropriate racist comments:

1. Ali Wong – Baby Cobra

2. John Mulaney – The Comeback Kid

3. Iliza Shlesinger – Freezing Hot (Clip)

4. Aziz Ansari – Buried Alive (Clip) 

I love how ONE person can command a physical stage and whole audience for over an hour with NOTHING BUT A MICROPHONE. That’s true performance talent. But the more you watch youtube videos of these comedians, the more you realise how comedy is an art and practice of repetition (testing and learning what works) rather than innate ability.

Also, as Ali Wong identified – I’m starting to notice a difference in the types of humour and topics between male and female comedians. Let’s just say … I’m hooked on start-up comedy and want to know, learn, and watch more.

Ginger ‘Snap’ Rogers – the feisty blonde of Classical Hollywood.

This is a short extract from Stage Door (Gregory La Cava, 1937) featuring Ginger Rogers and Katharine Hepburn. I’ve developed an obsession with Rogers: she dances with Fred Astaire, she banters with Hepburn, and she exudes a beauty beyond her platinum blonde hair. I’m a fan of fast, witty dialogue – especially when delivered by great actresses.

If you’ve never seen her films, here are some personal recommendations, from me to you:

42nd Street (1933)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Top Hat (1935)
Shall We Dance (1936)
Kitty Foyle (1940)
The Major and the Minor (1942)
Monkey Business (1952)

“Sure [Fred Astaire] was great, but don’t forget Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards…and in high heels!” — Bob Thaves 1982 © NEA Inc.

PLUS, She also has her own website: www.gingerrogers.com