Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

2018

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

Critics Consensus

Ali Wong emerges a mother still perturbed in Hard Knock Wife, a hilariously honest hour of comedy that highlights the joys and oh boys of motherhood with fearless energy and just the right amount of squirmy detail.

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Two years after giving birth to her daughter, a very pregnant Ali Wong returns to Netflix in her second original stand-up comedy special, Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife. The always unapologetic and nasty first time mom gets real on why having kids is not all it's cracked up to be, including the challenges of breastfeeding, balancing family and career post pregnancy, and why all women deserve three years of paid maternity leave. Filmed at Toronto's Winter Garden Theatre, the one-hour special premieres globally on May 13, 2018, only on Netflix.

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  • Hard Knock Wife's most inspired moments come from Wong's ability to make the natural sound almost alien, and sometimes even downright terrifying.

    Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Danette Chavez

    AV Club
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  • She has great command of pacing and long pauses.

    Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Mike Katzif

    NPR
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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.

    Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

    Kelly Lawler

    USA Today
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  • 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...

    Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Hard Knock Wife makes for some filthily maternal (and wonderfully progressive) counterprogramming.

    May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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