By: Traves Bezenar
British comedian, Jimmy Carr released a new Netflix original special earlier this year. Carr has had several of his recorded performances on the streaming service over the years, but this is his first produced specifically for Netflix. Jimmy Carr is known for his crass, deadpan, and often controversial style of comedy, that might be easiest to describe as a cross between Stewart Francis and Lenny Bruce. As you can probably tell by now, I’ve been a big fan of Carr’s for years, so take this review for what it’s worth and know it may be a little bit bias.
The show gets going quickly with Carr making his way onto the stage and jumping right into his routine. A few quick one liners and the crowd is in the palm of his hands, laughing like a pack of wild jackals. Jimmy then mixes things up with a bit of insult comedy, calling on members of the crowd and then quickly razzing them with witty or crass zingers. Keeping the audience well in mind, Carr allows a few people in the crowd to get in on the action, turning the tables and insulting him back. If you’ve followed any of Carr’s work in the past you’ll know how adept he is at handling hecklers, it’s basically par for the course at this point and made a great addition to the show.
Continuing along with the crowd interaction, Carr shows several jokes on a large screen sent in by people in the crowd. Some of the jokes are at his own expense and some are just general jokes you might tell at a bar. Somehow Jimmy makes them all, even the bad ones, sound like gut busters. The show continues this way for a time, with Carr commenting on the jokes and adding his own funny musings to them to keep the laughter flowing. At one point he even manages to do a good five minute set on himself and how ridiculous hi laugh sounds.
The show closes on a bit of somber note with Jimmy taking a clear stand against censorship and people that use terrorism to silence those they disagree with. In my opinion, the joke he chose was a little flat, but Carr’s heart was in the right place. There are a few other points in the show where it drags a bit. I felt that the segment reading audience jokes went on for a bit longer than it needed too. Plus fans of Carr’s work, like myself for instance, will have heard some of his jokes before. All in all though, I would say it was a hell of s show and well worth your time if you’re a fan of stand up comedy. To put it bluntly, 'Funny Business', is anything, but business as usual.
By: Traves Bezenar