They say laughter is the best medicine, and 2018 has made us truly sick indeed. Take some time to forget your troubles and have a good old chuckle with our new favourite comedians.
You have almost certainly heard of Michelle Wolf by now; she’s the comic whose merciless speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner in April ruffled liberal and conservative feathers alike. After honing her craft writing for the late night circuit, Wolf is now the host of The Break, a new Netflix talk show where she sums up the events of the week and takes an equal opportunities approach to mockery. The Break also includes sketches, like this pitch-perfect parody of the “strong female character” cliché in Hollywood movies.
A writer on Netflix’s animated adolescent comedy Big Mouth and mockumentary series American Vandal, Jaboukie Young-White has a fresh, sharp voice. Just check out this set he did on The Tonight Show, talking about being a queer brown millennial in Trump’s America. (He’s also fantastic on Twitter.)
Ali Wong first came to our attention with her Netflix special, Baby Cobra, which she recorded while pregnant. Her latest hour-long show, Hard Knock Wife, deals with the horror-filled aftermath of giving birth, along with a whole slew of Wong’s trademark toilet humour and penis jokes. She even addresses the question of whether she’s going to tone down her style of comedy now that she’s a mother, saying: “just because you become a parent, doesn’t mean you grow up.”
A regular guest on The Guilty Feminist (one of our favourite podcasts), we love Sindhu’s dry observations on trying to please her Indian parents while raising children of her own. Children, it turns out, are pretty dumb. Here’s Sindhu performing for the BBC at New Year:
Joel Kim Booster
Sex, dating, coming out, racial stereotypes — Booster’s got gold on all of these subjects and more. His comedy album Model Minority chronicles his upbringing by adoptive white parents and the very real struggle of “setting traps” via the endless number of gay dating apps out there. Here’s a snippet from this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Cameron Esposito is the host of the Queery podcast and the co-creator of sitcom Take My Wife, in which she starred alongside her wife Rhea Butcher. Her most recent special is an hour-long set entitled Rape Jokes, which looks at misogyny and the #MeToo movement from the perspective of a survivor. While that might not particularly sound like laugh-out-loud fare, trust me; Esposito tackles a tough subject with such a lightness of touch, and in such a deeply human way, that the show is both hilarious and inspiring. You can watch the entire hour on her website for free – Esposito just asks that you consider making a donation to anti-sexual violence organisation RAINN.