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 Review
No Score Yet Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho (2019) What happens when a doctor who's funny decides to go all in on the funny? We find out in Jeong's first stand-up special. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
No Score Yet Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History (2019) Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History straddles the line between educational and entertaining. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
60% Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (2019) This time, everybody really does love Raymond. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
No Score Yet Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias: One Show Fits All (2019) It's a 90-minute storytelling concert, complete with asides and tangents you might have expected another comedian to edit out. But Fluffy is leaving it all out on the stage. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
No Score Yet Howie Mandel Presents Howie Mandel at the Howie Mandel Comedy Club (2018) Even 40 years into his comedy career, he still retains the quick-witted joy and passion for it. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
No Score Yet Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry (2019) It's one thing to hear Maniscalco relate the foibles of his life to us. It's quite another to watch him do it. Seeing is believing in the power of his comedy. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet Demetri Martin: The Overthinker (2018) You get a taste of all of Martin's talents here. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
43% Ricky Gervais: Humanity (2018) Gervais shows the brightest signs of his own humaneness when talking about his closest relatives. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
No Score Yet Joe Rogan: Strange Times (2018) He does admit multiple times that if he's a moron, what does that make his audience. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
100% Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives (2018) But when he tells us that "everything feels like the end of a Kurt Vonnegut novel," you will be reminded that, yes, he's not for everyone. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
67% Fred Armisen: Standup For Drummers (2018) Armisen's first Netflix special, Fred Armisen: Standup For Drummers, is more ironic or misguidedly sincere than it is funny. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
60% Iliza: Elder Millennial (2018) At 35, she's at the upper end of the Millennial generation as it's commonly defined, and she tailors her act toward women younger than her, even if it appears or sounds as if her audience may also have aged past the foibles of younger women. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
No Score Yet Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity (2018) As for the comedy itself, the self-aware sketches hit more frequently than the stand-up performances, precisely because of their awareness. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
100% Flight of the Conchords: Live in London (2018) The lyrics may be nonsensical, surreal or just plain silly at times. But the musical precision is pure. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
80% Katt Williams: Great America (2018) True to his title, it turns out we didn't have to make Katt Williams great again. He already had it in him. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
92% Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (2018) All relatable stuff. If not out-and-out gut-busting or thought-provoking. Does comedy necessarily have to be either of those, though? Can't funny just be funny? - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
100% John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018) He may not be as profane or as prolific as the late great Carlin, but Mulaney is as worthy of celebration. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
No Score Yet Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia (2018) Noah shines not so much in the scripted moments, but in the scenes in between. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
No Score Yet Dennis Miller: Fake News - Real Jokes (2018) In 2018, Miller chooses to see our political differences (which exist in his own home with his wife) as something akin to the great dress color debate of 2015. Some of us see black and blue; some see white and gold. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
100% John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons (2018) His previous one-man shows showcased Leguizamo's wide range of characters and caricatures. Here, he's on a search for anyone in the annals who might serve as a true Latino hero for his middle-school son to admire. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
88% Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018) And for everyone, you'll be even more delighted to know that this comedy special represents Sandler's best work since Funny People. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
No Score Yet Bert Kreischer: Secret Time (2018) Equal parts storytelling superhero and affable oaf, he describes his new hour of stand-up simply: "We're just getting drunk and telling secrets." - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
100% Drew Michael (2018) Like most men in stand-up comedy, Michael dwells on his problems finding and nurturing a lasting relationship. But Michael is not most men, nor most comedians. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
100% Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018) They still got it. And we're lucky to still have 'em. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
No Score Yet Jim Jeffries: This Is Me Now (2018) Names are dropped. Tales are told. Jefferies elicits multiple laughs impersonating Al Pacino describing Jefferies's act back to the comedian. It's a great story. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
82% W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018) We need more comedians like Bell in these moments while we can get them. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) A generation after Helen Reddy, Hannah Gadsby may not be your idea of a traditional woman. But she is still woman, and she is still human. Hear her roar. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
100% Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018) Hard Knock Wife serves as another battle cry to Wong's fellow mothers. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
100% Tig Notaro: Happy to Be Here (2018) Regardless of whether you can guess the ending, the sheer joy and delight on Notaro's face in the end will tickle you as much as it does her. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
83% Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983) From the opening montages, you're in for something special. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
100% Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018) Rock now recognizes the importance of learning life lessons and accepting cold hard truths about himself... That's something some of his peers and those who look up to him in comedy would be wise to listen to and heed. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
No Score Yet Def Comedy Jam 25 (2017) Don't call it a comeback. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
No Score Yet Rodney Carrington: Here Comes The Truth (2017) Here comes more truth: Not all blue-collar comedians from south of the Mason-Dixon line are clean, family-friendly types. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
100% Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady (2017) This is the moment audiences (particularly the men out there) are ready and willing to hear her message, and to hear it from her. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
100% Maria Bamford: Old Baby (2017) Maria Bamford breaks the mold, and then creates her own. She is the Inhuman superhero of the comedy marvel universe. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
No Score Yet Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes (2017) ... he's such an endearing storyteller that he has invited you into his world, and these have all become inside jokes we can laugh at and enjoy. Even the punny ones. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
No Score Yet Marc Maron: Too Real (2017) ... Maron knows his fans want more, expect more now out of him. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
100% Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (2017) Through Annihilation, Oswalt finds catharsis. As he remembers his late wife's philosophy and shares it with us: "It's chaos. Be kind." - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
No Score Yet Judah Friedlander: America is the Greatest Country in the United States (2017) ... give Friedlander a chance. Hear him out. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
No Score Yet Chris D'Elia: Man On Fire (2017) ... when sitcoms and movies pay him to act, he's great at it. If only his stand-up reached similar heights. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
No Score Yet Jerrod Carmichael: 8 (2017) Onstage by himself in a comedy club or a theater, Carmichael raises the questions without easy answers or sometimes any answers. Instead, he forces you to confront your own philosophy. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
No Score Yet Martin Lawrence: Doin' Time: Uncut (2016) The joy of seeing Martin Lawrence again onstage, telling jokes, supersedes for his fans the content of his message. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
No Score Yet Amy Schumer: The Leather Special (2017) The Leather Special is an aggressively sexual hour. No beating around the bush, so to speak, but rather, in your face. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
No Score Yet George Lopez: The Wall, Live from Washington D.C. (2017) When it comes to stand-up comedy, broadcasting a comedian's live performance comes closest to capturing the energy and magic of watching stand-up in person in a comedy club. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
92% Louis C.K.: 2017 (2017) It's easily his most cohesive special in several years. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
No Score Yet Christina P: Mother Inferior (2017) What you see is what you get with Christina P. Her comedy is like her choice of outfit: Dark and black, perhaps, but she still has heart. In that sense, she won't be anyone's inferior mother. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
93% Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017) But repackaged with a new narrative, those same jokes can hold up some 40 years later. Inside The Comic Strip, Jerry Seinfeld can be cool once more. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017