The Best Comedy Specials of 2022

Even if one can’t heal the world with comedy, one certainly can try. From the radically intimate and laidback to the extravagantly oversized, this article lists twelve of the best comedy specials released in 2022 that undoubtedly try to provide some comfort through the darkness.

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An Ageless Portrayal of Time Lost, ‘I Vitelloni’ (1953) Captures Ennui That Feels All Too Familiar

Federico Fellini’s second outing as a solo director follows five men as they dream of different lives whilst drifting lazily through an Italian seaside town. Successfully capturing the equally profound aimlessness and longing within its protagonists, ‘I Vitelloni’ poignantly depicts both characters and places that feel familiar.

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In ‘The Hitcher’ (1986), an Act of Kindness Results in a Claustrophobic Highway Nightmare

Derived from an act of kindness, ‘The Hitcher’ is pure chaos unravelling on the American highways as a young man has his life turned into a nightmare by the hitchhiker he was naive enough to pick up.

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In ‘Coming Home in the Dark’ (2021), Revenge Is Nothing More Than a Continuation of Violence

A film less concerned with trying to force viewers to sympathise with its characters than simply presenting them, Coming Home in the Dark is a brutal film about institutional abuse and the part its subsequent lifelong pain plays in the cycle of violence.

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Autumnal Poetry in Motion and Its Subsequent Feelings as Seen in Film

From familial relationships and the underlying meaning of garments to making the most of life while still alive, these films convey the whole spectrum of arguably the most poetic season of all.

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31 Short Horror Films Available Online Right Now

Even though they can easily be viewed as appetizers, short films are very much the whole meal when executed well. This list containing 31 film titles, all available online, presents various elements of horror to satisfy the entire spectrum of viewers’ appetites.

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REVIEW: ‘Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story’ (2022) Is Intimate and Powerful All at Once

Caught between the pain of being celebrated under a persona that solely elicits pain and being terrified of what might transpire with honesty, Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story ultimately illustrates how much richer the world is when people are free to be who they are.

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‘Would It Kill You to Laugh?’ (2022) Leaves Viewers Both Satisfied and Hungry for More

With possibly the best title within its category, the comedy special ‘Would It Kill You to Laugh?’ allows Kate Berlant and John Early to shine doing what they do best ⁠— all while simultaneously tempting viewers about what they might create in the future.

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‘Three Busy Debras’ and Its Exhilarating Celebration of the Absurd

An analysis of the nuanced layers found throughout ‘Three Busy Debras,’ a comedy series where the surreal feels grounded and the ugly is hiding out in the (whimsical) open.

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REVIEW: ‘Oski’ (2022) Is an Intimate Portrayal of One of Skateboarding’s Finest

“Besides a genuine representation of skateboarding, ‘Oski’ is a heartfelt portrayal of a young man trying to find his path in life.”

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