Sean L. McCarthy

Sean L. McCarthy
Sean L. McCarthy's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Decider
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Deon Cole: Cole Hearted (2019) My take on Cole's new hour is rather mixed. But as Cole makes the case himself, I gotta respect his choices. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
No Score Yet Mo Gilligan: Momentum (2019) The 31-year-old keeps the show moving through his first hour, thanks in large measure to a backing band, which plays him onstage and supports several musical numbers and act-outs. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
86% Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019) if you go along for the ride, then you'll still be with Burr when he pivots to make broader points that you may find yourself agreeing with, despite any initial reluctance to do so. That's his particular set of comedy skills, working once more. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
No Score Yet Simon Amstell: Set Free (2019) The British comedian explores his struggles with intimacy in his first Netflix special. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
No Score Yet Finesse Mitchell: The Spirit Told Me to Tell You (2018) Mitchell shows off a strong Obama impersonation. And the rest of his gags are all charming and amusing enough, if also inoffensive. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres (2019) For all of his eccentricities, Torres also has plenty of material that's accessible to pretty much anyone. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
No Score Yet Eddie Griffin: Undeniable (2018) When Griffin jokes about politics or celebrities outside of his comedy sphere, his hold of the facts may slip... The details are incidental to the larger truth of the black experience in America. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
89% Rory Scovel Tries Stand-up For The First Time (2017) [Rory Scovel] wants to make you laugh at the absurdity of his observations, certainly, but also get you to thinking after your laughter dies down. And that's what makes him one of our most compelling comedians today. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
80% Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward (2019) Jeselnik operates on elite levels of comedy misdirection. He's beating Deep Blue at chess and AlphaGo at Go while others are amusing themselves with Pong. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
No Score Yet Orny Adams: More Than Loud (2017) Adams has become a typical middle-aged curmudgeon, railing against how much easier the younger generations have it in comparison. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
No Score Yet Emily Heller: Ice Thickeners (2019) This may very well be your first true discovery of Heller's sense of humor and her talent. You'll soon realize that she has a wicked wit. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
No Score Yet Nick Cannon: Stand Up, Don't Shoot (2017) Cannon is willing to crack jokes at his own expense, regarding his marriage and divorce to Mariah Carey, and raising his own children. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
No Score Yet Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood (2017) Tiffany Haddish sashays her way onstage to open her first solo stand-up comedy special, and closes it by spreading her joy and newfound success across the audience and into the camera. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
No Score Yet Vir Das: Abroad Understanding (2017) It doesn't declare itself quite as boldly as Chris Rock's Kill The Messenger triptych did for HBO in 2008, yet Abroad Perspective does show how proficiently Das can translate his observations for fans on either side of the globe. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
No Score Yet Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face (2017) ... it's rather astonishing and refreshing to see a stand-up comedian blossom fully-formed in his or her debut on the world's electronic stage. Ryan Hamilton does just that in Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
No Score Yet Theo Von: No Offense (2016) Von probably isn't trying to make America great again so much as he's trying to make waves and create more attention for himself. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
No Score Yet Reggie Watts: Spatial (2016) Reggie Watts keeps you on your toes in his first Netflix hour, Spatial. You don't know what you're seeing, and never know what to expect. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
100% Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery (2017) While others zig, Macdonald doesn't zag, but instead chooses to plow straight ahead. His observational comedy can focus so narrowly on the target that it strikes the true bull's eye of the premise. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
No Score Yet Mike Epps: Don't Take It Personal (2015) Swagger with a side of raunch, he keeps that coming throughout. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
No Score Yet DeRay Davis: How to Act Black (2017) His lighthearted anecdotes about his hometown prompt him to acknowledge that he should say or do more about the recent uptick in gun violence there, although he stops short of getting too political, calling Trump 'President Dude' instead. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
No Score Yet Al Madrigal: Shrimpin' Ain't Easy (2017) No matter how many times I hear Al Madrigal's 22-minute story that produces the title of his Showtime special, I laugh out loud. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
88% T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous (2017) Miller's a highly skilled improviser, which he uses to great effect not only playing off of the randomness of audience members, but also in his joke-writing, following premises to absurd heights and tangents. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
No Score Yet Bob Saget: Zero To Sixty (2017) Saget may not have fully matured... But he has evolved in recent years, to the point where he recognizes that the atmosphere and attitudes have changed, and that he should change with them. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
100% Ramy Youssef: Feelings (2019) Watching Ramy before Feelings won't spoil your enjoyment of either visual representation of Youssef's journey into adulthood. Perhaps instead you'll view his stand-up as an alternate reality, or as creator's commentary tracks, - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
80% Whitney Cummings: I'm Your Girlfriend (2016) [Cummings] has dialed down the volume from her two loud Comedy Central specials, although her insight into men, feminism and the delicate dichotomy that makes relationships work (or not so much) in the 21st century speaks even more volumes. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
90% Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) Schumer has matured, evolved into material that's as thought-provoking as it is gut-busting, progressing from misdirectional pausing one-liners into long-form confessions and ruminations. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
No Score Yet Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It? (2019) Cummings not only addresses the new abnormal, but sees into our collective future, making her case for your next girlfriend to be a sex robot. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
No Score Yet Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast (2017) She's now the comedy godmother. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
No Score Yet Joe Rogan: Triggered (2016) By the end, Rogan's face has reddened in color, his shirt sleeves and torso moistened by sweat, and his voice roaring with excitement. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
No Score Yet Jimmy Carr: Funny Business (2016) Jimmy Carr's comedy is not safe for work, although it works quite successfully for him. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
No Score Yet Jack Whitehall: At Large (2017) Much of this hour, though, plays out as you might expect from a man-child who hasn't agreed to become an adult just yet. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
No Score Yet Jeff Foxworthy And Larry The Cable Guy: We've Been Thinking... (2016) Larry remains nothing if not likable. And a likable comedian is always easier to laugh at and along with for an hour. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
60% Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo (2017) Neither Netflix nor this comedy-variety hour might linger forever in your memories. But it'll do just fine for now. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet Vir Das: Losing It (2018) Not sure how heroic his story of tipping big at a restaurant to acknowledge his own humble beginnings as a dishwasher in Chicago and pay it forward works as an origin story. But it's a start. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet Russell Brand: Re:Birth (2018) Brand still struggles with the concept of letting go of the narrative. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry (2016) When he sticks to his own personal experiences, even when referring back to how older bits and have stories from past specials have come back to haunt him, you're reminded why you were rooting for him in the first place. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet Gad Elmaleh: American Dream (2018) Gad Elmaleh often gets compared to Jerry Seinfeld. For good reason. Elmaleh is France's biggest star in stand-up comedy, and his observational material shares a preciseness and efficiency with the American who influenced him. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn't Let Me Say (2017) Just like the contestants in the Miss India pageant, she's sure to go home with a trophy for getting to spread her message around the world. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet D.l. Hughley: Contrarian (2018) Hughley packs a lot of jokes into the first half-hour of Contrarian. Not all of them work. Not all of them should. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet Jo Koy: Live From Seattle (2017) It's not the most mature hour. But then again, Koy is just feeling home again, and 13 again, at least in this hour, live from Seattle. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
No Score Yet Lucas Brothers: On Drugs (2017) For 49 minutes or so, if you want to hit pause on life, Lucas Brothers got you covered. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
No Score Yet Michael Che Matters (2016) A recording over the opening credits implores Che to make his special special... it imparts the impression that you really are spending "One Night Only" with Che in an exclusive occasion. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
83% Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive (2017) He relishes the chance to reflect on what he learned..., as well as mock his Brooklyn relatives who get themselves into such darkly comic situations that they make Morgan himself seem not only more reasonable, but his most likable self. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
100% Kevin Hart: Irresponsible (2019) Hart is best onstage when he leans into the situations that make him most vulnerable. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
No Score Yet I'm Brent Morin (2015) What really holds it together is Morin's sleight of hand, as he misdirects the audience into watching him take a joke and turn into his own one-man situation comedy performance, acting it out on the spot. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
No Score Yet Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers (2017) Can you laugh at a routine if you've already decided that the premise itself is hackneyed? With Regan, the answer always seems to be yes. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
100% Neal Brennan: 3 Mics (2017) Behind the "emotional stuff" microphone, that's where Brennan digs deep into his own psyche - the three segments he devotes to depression, love, and his father, respectively - and also where he finds his deepest comedic connections. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
No Score Yet Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid (2019) Not only can you handle it. You'll probably want to go back and watch it all over again, either way. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
100% Todd Glass: Act Happy (2018) If there's one thing you'll remember about Glass, it's that he knows how to entertain. The man puts on a show. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
No Score Yet Tom Segura: Mostly Stories (2016) Segura... has the old-guy persona - cranky but confident - down pat. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019