Welcome to Spit Take Saturday, courtesy of Brown Paper Tickets’ Comedy Doer Julie Seabaugh and her professional comedy criticism site The Spit Take. Julie’s goal with the site is to “elevate the public perception of stand-up comedy to that of a legitimate art form, and to enable comedy criticism be taken as seriously as that of theater, film, music, food, even video games. No a**-kissing. No bias. No mercy. Just honest, unfiltered, long-form reviews written by professional, knowledgeable comedy critics.”
Every week Julie will select an entry from the site to be included on our blog and hand-pick some related events happening that week that she feels all you comedy lovers out there will appreciate.
So, without further ado, let us introduce you to this week’s Spit Take Saturday!
Plenty of comedians use marriage and children as sources for their material, but usually it’s because they themselves are married and/or have children. For someone who’s single and childless, Aziz Ansari has a lot to say about the subject, and while some of his relationship material is familiar, a lot of the perspective he offers in his new Netflix special Buried Alive is unique while also being immediately relatable. Articles about the choice to have or not have children, and to get married or remain single, have proliferated online and in print over the last few years, and Ansari seizes on that conversation to inject his own point of view as someone who isn’t married or having children, but is surrounded by people who are.