Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018)
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[Wong's] new set is filled with searing takes on the limits of maternity leave and the disappointments of early motherhood. Dad jokes, step aside.
Wong uses her body and her subject matter to challenge you, but Wolf pushes the limits in every joke with a distinctive, high-pitched voice that is easy to hate. It's a cloying screech that she acknowledges sure, but it never goes away.
Perhaps the most radical thing about Hard Knock Wife is that nowhere in her routine does Wong mention the obvious fact that, once again, she is pregnant. One way of interpreting her silence is as a bold gesture of liberation...
Hard Knock Wife makes for some filthily maternal (and wonderfully progressive) counterprogramming.
[Ali] Wong has perfected that basic yet elusive trick that some writers spend their entire lives failing to master: She makes you feel as if it's just the two of you, and she trusts you enough to tell you how she really feels.
Motherhood itself isn't a political act, but the various ways facets of society rise up to tell women how to be a mother are, certainly. The beauty of Hard Knock Wife is in hearing these gnarlier truths explored with filthy and honest verve.
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