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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It’s Kind of a Funny (New Year’s Eve) Story

The current iteration of our traditional New Year’s Eve party was conceived exactly a decade ago, on the precipice of 2013 (a good year, for what it’s worth, and my fifteenth year overall). Though the guest list has shifted slightly over the years, a few elements have remained a consistent theme: We have Martinelli’s sparkling…

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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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“Do You Want to Mango With Me?” An Exploration of Female Pleasure in Alli Hapasalo’s ‘Girl Picture’ (2022)

Girl Picture, alternatively titled Girls Girls Girls, is a bold coming of age film centred around the lives of three girls navigating the treacherous landscapes of sex, commitment and self-exploration. Mimmi (Aamu Milonoff), prone to frequent outbursts of anger as a release of her overwhelming emotions, grapples with a sense of abandonment from her mother…

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REVIEW: White Lotus Season 2, A Week in Paradise Begins

HBO’s The White Lotus is back for a second season after the critically acclaimed first, which took home a handful of Emmys, including one for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series. This time, it takes place at a resort in Sicily, and stars Jennifer Coolidge, Theo James, Aubrey Plaza, etc.  The episode starts out the same…

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LFF 2022 REVIEW: A Baumbachian Descent into Calamity Culture and Disaster for ‘White Noise’

“As Baumbach satirises consumer culture, he in turn finds dignified meaning to the lives of Delilo’s terrified counterparts” The notes I made during Noah Baumbach’s screen talk following his new film’s premiere at the London Film Festival range from abstract at best to unintelligible at worst. Sitting across from my favourite director of modern times,…

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REVIEW: ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ is a Hit of Nostalgia for Noughties Indie Kids

We begin with home movie footage showing a pair messing with an electronic keyboard, preparing to show their parents a new song they had written. The pair are The Moldy Peaches, a band perhaps synonymous with the iconic Juno soundtrack, and the way in which it helped a whole new generation discover the twee indie pop of…

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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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