Culture Cow: Standups, Harry Potter, and Indonesian Rappers Oh My!

first_imgHappy Friday.Keeping its crown as the best streaming service is no small task, but Netflix seems to do it with ease.  Its latest additions are in the realm of standup comedy specials.  Streaming has made it easier for services like Netflix and HBO to create more of these specials and lucky for us that means some of our favorite comedians will have more and more specials to come.  The biggest name to resurface is Dave Chappelle.  Chappelle dropped two hour-long specials last year as the first half of a four-pack deal he made with the website and this month he released the final two.  They are significantly more controversial than his previous specials, but that is the effect he was striving for and something he talks about in length in the first of the two specials.  Next up is the formerly loveably-large, but now just lovable, Tom Segura.  Segura is also a Netflix veteran and brings the house down in his new special Disgraceful.  Disgraceful deals with Tom’s struggles with Nike, losing weight, and even which curse words you’re still allowed to say to people.  But nobody takes the prize for controversial stand ups like Katt Williams.  Williams hasn’t touched the stage since 2008 except for his brief appearance at the Comedy Def Jam and he’s back with a vengeance.  If you’re one prone to love controversial, political satire Kat Williams has some words for you.Staying with Netflix, another comedy legend has found a second wind on the internet: David Letterman! Letterman is now clad with a full beard, but he’s still the same smart-mouthed short man from Indiana underneath. Unlike his previous network show, he’s without a band, opening monologue, or any of the other trappings of a late-night host.Instead, in My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, he takes a stage barren save for two chairs and conducts a one-on-one interview for the delight of the audience. He has several parts in the works, but only part one is currently online and just like the title suggests, his guests will be easily recognizable public figures. First up on the docket: Barrack Obama. Letterman and Obama have a brilliant interview that sounds more like a conversation at a bar than a formal questioning at points.Letterman asks his opinion on the first lady, the feelings he had directly following his presidency, and his thoughts on the modern political climate. It’s an interview everyone should watch even if it provokes a little nostalgia.After months of teasing, Camilla, the former ring leader of the band Fifth Harmony dropped her debut solo album. The self-titled album quickly asserts Camilla as a force in the modern pop scene and even though her material didn’t live up to the writing standards of her peers Lorde or Taylor Swift, it does show a wide range of styles and tones the young artist is capable of.Camilla has a heavy Hispanic influence due to her Cuban heritage that scream through every song whether it be a ballad or dance track; the squealing horns and guitars just make your hips want to move.The album is more of an introduction to Camilla’s range than an actual story, but if this is any indication of what we can expect from the young artist, she’s in for a long career.HBO came out this month with a laundry list of great movies.Not only did it do that though, it also snagged the rights to all eight Harry Potter films. Unless you owned all the Harry Potter movies, you had to suffer through endless commercials on ABC Family’s Harry Potter Weekend if you wanted to see the entirety.The suffering is over now and you’re free to binge them at will, warning however the series takes over 20 hours to complete. Adding the greatness, HBO also added the critically acclaimed horror flick, Get Out as well as two excellent action movies: Kong: Skull Island and one of the best action movies of the year, John Wick Chapter 2. To fully round off the movie selection HBO also grabbed two of the best superhero movies of 2017, Lego Batman and Hugh Jackman’s tearful goodbye in Logan. Happy binging folks.Finally, an update from our favorite Indonesian rap sensation, Rich Chigga.  The “Indonesian MC Hammer” (as he calls himself) finally recognized that if he got any bigger the offensiveness of his name would hinder his commercial success and changed his name to Rich Brian, which is oddly tame coming from him.  Well Rich Brian broke back onto the scene with his latest hit, See Me.  His new song reflects on his new fame and success and the loneliness it brings, highlighted by the hilarious line “20 mirrors in my crib I’m hanging with my friends.”  It’s great to see success for an Indonesian artist and some growth from young man, but JUST GIVE US AN ALBUM ALREADY.I unfortunately can’t look at every meme that dominates the internet every week, so if you see a meme and think it should be the meme of the week please send it to: [email protected] you disagree with my analysis, have a grievance or any other complaint please visit this website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzc3_b_KnHcFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 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