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Chris Redd: Why am I like this? review – Redd reminds us that the future of comedy is in good hands

November 3, 2022

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We review the HBO Max stand-up comedy special Chris Redd: Why am I like this? which was released on November 3, 2022.

Chris Red made his stand-up comedy debut in 2019, and from there he rose through the ranks of Saturday Night Live and starred in the series Kenan. All that hard work led to Redd’s first special for HBO Max, Chris Redd: Why am I like this? Is it worth checking? Let’s dive into it.

You hear the MC say “Welcome to the stage Chris Redd”, followed by a quick cut to him on stage saying “I don’t know why I’m like this”, which was such a weird way to open. I get it because that’s the name of the special, but it’s been edited in such a weird way. We have an intimate setting for the evening with just a small set with a stool on the stage next to Redd. It was a very simplistic opening that works outside of the weird edit. I give it a solid six out of ten.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever cried next to a woman twerking with all her might, but that’s not cool.”

He begins by talking about going to therapy, which he proclaims he thought was for white people. But after getting some money, he took a vacation and realized it was for people who had money and time. The bit went a little further and was quite funny, but the trend of talking about mental health in all entertainment spaces has been amazing. It’s a topic that I hope more and more people will talk about and that will open the doors for future generations to realize that it’s okay to not be well.

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Listen, Chris Redd might be one of the funniest men on the planet. I was blown away by this whole special. He can make everything funny and isn’t shy about bringing up topics that others might be afraid to joke about. It reminded me a lot of the Sam Morril special Same time tomorrow which was raw and authentic. It makes you feel like the future of comedy is in good hands.

Lately, I’ve noticed that comedians have been more open to doing crowd work on their specials. It wasn’t normal for a long time, especially during taped specials. Most of the time, you’re sitting there, the comedians tell the jokes, you laugh (if the jokes are funny), and they wrap up with a bow and move on. But crowdwork has become the new norm across a wide range of stand-up promotions this year, and I love it. While many of them got it (Taylor Tomlinson is the queen), Redd not only worked the crowd perfectly, but his quick-witted jokes were spot on and never missed a beat.

All in all, if you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, you’ll love Chris Redd’s special. He reminds us that comedy is not an endangered species and that the future of comedy is in good hands. Redd will have you laughing in tears for an hour straight. I can’t wait to see his next special and hope to see him live. So don’t walk, run to watch this one on HBO Max.

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