Graham Techler

Graham Techler
Graham Techler's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Paste Magazine
Publications: Paste Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Joe Mande's Award-winning Comedy Special (2017) The bulk of the material in Award-Winning Comedy Special similarly plays with our expectations of what stand-up is and how we should be reacting to it. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet Russell Howard: Recalibrate (2017) Sometimes you wish the special would slow down and take a second, but at the same time you can't help but grin at the absurd degree to which this audience is getting their money's worth. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet D.l. Hughley: Contrarian (2018) Unfortunately, this is another special that is hurt by how fast the news cycle is these days, which makes topical comedy have a shorter shelf life than ever before. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet Lucas Brothers: On Drugs (2017) The Lucas Bros. seem unwilling to do things by the book, and thoroughly distinguish themselves from other cookie-cutter Netflix specials in the process. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
No Score Yet Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers (2017) Nunchucks and Flamethrowers sticks to Regan's strengths. He's both a master craftsman and a comic who still carries himself with an endearing bit of believable anxiety at being up there in front of all those people. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
100% Todd Glass: Act Happy (2018) Todd Glass may have the grizzled experience of one of comedy's distinguished elder statesmen, but he has a young man's energy-firing off strings of rapid-fire jokes, observations and clarifications so fast that we can hardly keep up. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
No Score Yet Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight (2017) Ferguson clearly relishes getting the opportunity to literally finger his own face the way he probably couldn't on TV... he's still that genial uncle who lets you in on a dirty joke, and there's still a thrill in his cheeky act. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4.0/10 No Score Yet Kevin James: Never Don't Give Up (2018) I certainly don't think you shouldn't make a special just because it's been seventeen years since you've done that. But if it feels like your special could have been released during any one of those interim years, that might be an issue. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
9.2/10 100% Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes (2017) With a craftsman this assured, we could definitely thank God for jokes in general, or we could cut out the middleman by just thanking Birbiglia for the jokes he chooses to tell. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish (2018) I'm as bored writing this again as I was watching it again. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
6.5/10 No Score Yet Jo Koy: Comin' In Hot (2019) The highest points of the special center around [Jo] Koy's relationship with his mother. The rest of the time, however, Koy is content to play in less specific, more expected territory. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4.5/10 No Score Yet Adam Devine: Best Time of Our Lives (2019) Best Time of Our Lives registers as an hour of stand-up without ever feeling like a particularly cohesive special. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
7.5/10 100% Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (2019) Wanda Sykes has never been one to dance around a point, and lands many direct hits throughout Not Norma - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
8.5/10 No Score Yet Home Videos (2019) This is a deeply felt half-hour and an exciting preview for what TV could look like in the future. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
6.0/10 No Score Yet Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward (2019) Between his self-conscious shocks and old-fashioned offensiveness, [Anthony] Jeselnik feels too safe, too uninspired. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
No Score Yet Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid (2019) Nate Bargatze's new Netflix special, The Tennessee Kid, brings with it a proportional helping of the fidgety energy that made his episode of Netflix's The Standups so enjoyable. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
8.5/10 79% Amy Schumer Growing (2019) [Amy] Schumer is letting her audience in, and giving them the chance to watch her while thoroughly in her stride. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
6.0/10 No Score Yet Russell Brand: Re:Birth (2018) Re:Birth highlights [Russell Brand's] dizzying facility with rapid-fire speech and thought, which is impressive but can often drown out the actual content in the midst of his rambling. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
6.0/10 No Score Yet Vir Das: Losing It (2018) Unfortunately, the ideas at play in Losing It are often more interesting and better articulated than the comedic examples he uses to support them. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
7.5/10 No Score Yet Pete Holmes: Dirty Clean (2018) In his new special, Holmes proves himself to be a master manipulator when it comes to his audience. I mean that in a good way. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry (2019) [Sebastian] Maniscalco positions himself primarily as "guy-who-has-a-problem-with-everything." The tough thing about being a comic like this, you start off with a really short runway, and after half an hour it stops being energizing to watch. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
6.0/10 No Score Yet James Davis: Live from the Town (2019) James Davis practically bursts with charisma. However, there are two impediments to the good time. First of all, the special is a little over edited. Second, the energy that makes the special sing can also make it a bit bro-y. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
9/10 No Score Yet Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You (2019) This is the kind of political comedy that actually addresses the country's divide, as opposed to simply mining it for material. I wish we had more of that, and I hope Wood has more of it for us. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
8.5/10 No Score Yet Demetri Martin: The Overthinker (2018) We're getting to see Martin's take on a more traditional stand-up set, but even then he filters that through his strange, observational prism that finds details two degrees off from what you were expecting. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
9.0 100% Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives (2018) There are really too many inspired moments here to count. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/10 No Score Yet Bert Kreischer: Secret Time (2018) The special suffers from feeling like it wants to be on campus. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
8/10 60% Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial (2018) What I like about this special above all is that everything is just two degrees off from what you're expecting. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
9.0 100% Flight of the Conchords: Live in London (2018) They don't want to pretend it's 2009, and you wouldn't want them to either. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
80% Katt Williams: Great America (2018) This is a man who once retired from stand-up only to mount a comeback three days later. He reliably keeps you on your toes, and many, many, many people can attest to it. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
9/10 100% Drew Michael (2018) A tense and stressful comedy special to watch, though it is definitely a comedy special, and is frequently hilarious. The context does sometimes make you feel insane for laughing out loud, though. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
8.5/10 82% W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018) Gives off a town hall impression, and Bell effectively leads one. He wears his status as a voice-of-reason comedian like a loose shirt, presenting plenty of ideas that earn applause breaks but not without playfully undercutting them. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
100% Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape (2018) Noble Ape feels, and I don't mean this as a reference to Gaffigan's food material, like a full meal. Or at least, several different small, meatier courses. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
7.5/10 89% Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018) If 100% Fresh doesn't give you the kind of laughs you like, it will at the very least provide that perspective. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
No Score Yet Jim Jeffries: This Is Me Now (2018) Its inherently condescending to act like this is our first time through the whole "but actually, this joke is about this" merry-go-round. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
9/10 100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) It is an extremely angry hour, an extremely cathartic one and an extremely necessary one. An art form cannot thrive if it refuses to look itself in the face and question its own necessity. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
8.5/10 100% Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018) Hard Knock Wife is incredibly funny, building on Wong's uncompromising statement with a wealth of observational specificity and reliable bite. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
8/10 100% Tom Segura: Disgraceful (2018) The guy knows how to spin a yarn, neatly inhabiting the part of an everyman swept up into situations beyond his control. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
10/10 100% Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (2017) But what separates Gethard from the rest of his class is his uncanny ability to pull off moments of pathos without a shred of ironic detachment. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
7/10 86% Judd Apatow: The Return (2017) ... yet, by the end of the special, he does somehow position himself (one of the highest-status men in the country) as the lovable low-status pal we'd like him to be. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
9/10 100% Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady (2017) Nice Lady is an exhilarating exercise in sledding downhill from atop the elephant in the room. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
8.5/10 89% The Problem with Apu (2017) [Hari] Kondabolu is a patient and deliberate interviewer, pushing and pulling back in equal measure, bringing out moments of real vulnerability in some subjects and allowing others to wrap themselves in the contradictions of their own arguments. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
8/10 43% Girlfriend's Day (2017) By the time it's all over, you're left with the same giddiness you feel after reading a Daniel Clowes comic or a Jonathan Ames story - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017