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
100% Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything (2020) It's the Moons Over My Hammy of comedy specials. (This will make sense to you after you watch it.) - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
No Score Yet Jimmy O. Yang: Good Deal (2020) Too much of this hour covers territory any comedian, Asian-American or otherwise, could crack wise about. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
80% Sincerely Louis C.K. (2020) It's still Louis CK. For better or for worse. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
No Score Yet Chris D'Elia: No Pain (2020) D'Elia's charm and charisma work better when he can play off of his friends and colleagues. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
No Score Yet Tom Segura: Ball Hog (2020) If you're looking to delight in dark thoughts without the danger of full-on depravity, this might ease your discomfort for 70 minutes. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
No Score Yet Tom Papa: You're Doing Great! (2020) You might not feel inspired to save the world after watching this hour, but you may just save yourself. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
No Score Yet Bert Kreischer: Hey Big Boy (2020) Kreischer is definitely not for everyone. But if you're looking for someone to laugh with, or even laugh at, this giggling gagging topless fat man may just be the escape you're looking for right now. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
71% Marc Maron: End Times Fun (2020) This is Maron at his best. He's calm, cool, collected, a comedic leader for this crazy time in our lives. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
No Score Yet Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis (2020) We're going to see and hear a lot from Tomlinson in the decade to come, and this hour serves as a perfect introduction. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
40% Pete Davidson: Alive From New York (2020) This performance is so raw, director Jason Orley leaves in not just the parts Davidson says he'd cut from the special, but also the aside the comic makes to him from onstage about a joke he wants left in, too. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
No Score Yet Mo'Nique & Friends: Live from Atlanta (2020) She really doesn't have to say much more about how she's standing alone or what she's standing for these days, exactly. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
No Score Yet Maria Bamford: Weakness is the Brand (2020) A comedy superhero. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
No Score Yet Vir Das: For India (2020) Pulling off comedy and satire within a history or cultural lesson can be a stretch... But Das pulls it off with aplomb. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
No Score Yet Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty (2020) Her presence is positively inspirational. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
No Score Yet Rob Delaney: Jackie (2020) Delaney is an engaging storyteller. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
100% Leslie Jones: Time Machine (2020) Giving Jones an hour or more in the spotlight affords her the opportunity to shine in a way she never could on SNL. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
71% Ilana Glazer: The Planet is Burning (2020) This hour is her attempt to keep the momentum moving in the right direction. If you're up for that, then you'll be down for this. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
96% John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) Mulaney's in total control, and yet completely out of his element. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
No Score Yet Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! (2019) As an immigrant, he's precisely the comedian to remind us why anyone chooses to come here, and why it's folly for so many of us to focus on what we think sucks about America, or whether it needs to be returned to greatness. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
100% Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (2019) Stream it. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
No Score Yet Eddie Griffin: E-Niggma (2019) This feels more like a night out at the comedy club than a true special. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
No Score Yet Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019) If you want to remember why she's a star who can hang with Beyoncé and Drake, then watch Haddish in anything from her TV or movie catalog that's available to stream instead. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
No Score Yet Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw (2019) It'll make you wonder what could've been had FOX given Rel more of a chance. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
100% Mike Birbiglia: The New One (2019) He takes us along on his emotional and psychological journey toward embracing parenthood. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
No Score Yet Iliza: Unveiled (2019) Iliza's way with bits about the types of chefs you see on TV, or the way bachelor parties are equal parts horror story and war movie, have such depth in the descriptions and illustrations that you can easily picture their adaptations into sketches. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
No Score Yet Jeff Garlin: Our Man In Chicago (2019) Garlin's not everyone's cup of tea. He gets that. But if you've seen him on your screens over the past decade or more and wondered what he's like in real life, you'll certainly get your answers here. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
No Score Yet Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (2019) You'll never look at this late-night TV host the same way again. And that's a good thing. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
No Score Yet Arsenio Hall: Smart & Classy (2019) "Of all the comedians to turn Trump's many quotes into jokes, perhaps Arsenio also is the first and only one with a deep-cut reference to Breitbart that he also ties to hip-hop." - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
100% Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019) Slate gives us her all, and all of her, here. It's almost impossible not to fall for her. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
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
100% 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