Actually, nothing much amusing has happened in the new year so far — or leading up to it.
“Yearly Departed”: Leave it to Rachel Brosnahan to give us an all-female comedy special to kick 2020 out the door.
Hosted by “2 Dope Queens” star Phoebe Robinson, the show also features Sarah Silverman, Tiffany Haddish and Natasha Rothwell sending up the year — and reminding us that comedy isn’t just for the boys.
“The History of Sketch Comedy”: Funny isn’t just seen, it can also be heard.
The “Key & Peele” star shares some of his personal memories about sketch comedy while delving into its history.
“There’s a Chinese proverb that states ‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now,'” Key said. “The good news is when it comes to comedy and sketch, most of the seeds and trees were planted tens or hundreds or even thousands of years ago. And every day we are reaping their fruit and making some pretty damn fine sketch comedy pies.”
“Death to 2020”: It feels right to end a wrap-up that starts with a series about swearing with a project starring the Count of Cursing, Samuel L. Jackson.
See how it all connects from history to current times? How funny is that?
For your weekend
Three things to watch:
‘American Gangster: Trap Queens’ Season 2
Men don’t have a monopoly on crime.
That’s the premise behind the BET docuseries “American Gangster: Trap Queens,” featuring stories about women who held their own as crime bosses, such as Perrion Roberts, former drug ringleader turned criminal justice reform advocate.
The second season is narrated by rapper Lil’ Kim and is currently streaming on BET+.
Academy Award-winning actress Anna Paquin stars in this series about a group of relentless publicists who are tasked with doing whatever it takes to protect their celebrity clients.
We can think of a few who might need their help.
“Flack” starts streaming on Amazon Prime Friday.
Written by Neil Cross and inspired by his novel “Burial,” the plot centers around a man (Russell Tovey) who has never been able to forget the worst night of his life: a party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman.
Only he and an eccentric old acquaintance know what really happened … and they’ve resolved to keep it that way. But secrets have a way of revealing themselves.
Hulu starts streaming the four-part series on Friday.
Two things to listen to:
It’s not true that “Nobody Is Listening.”
That’s the title of Zayn Malik’s third studio album. The former One Direction member and model Gigi Hadid’s baby daddy goes by just his first name these days.
Honestly, the R&B singer can call himself whatever he wants with an album full of tunes this smooth.
“Nobody Is Listening” is out now.
If Maggie Lindemann has her way, the future of rock is female.
Check out her EP, “Paranoia,” which drops Friday.
One thing to talk about:
Losing a beloved series when it has been canceled or just run its course can feel sad — and 2021 will mark the winding down of several excellent shows.
“Peaky Blinders,” “Shameless,” “Grace and Frankie” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” are just a few of the shows calling it a wrap this year.
Thankfully, we can take solace in the fact that there is a ton of good content out there just waiting to be discovered, so chin up.
Something to sip on
Watching the three artists, each talented and reflective of our culturally diverse nation, reminded me we are still one nation, under God.
Let’s hope we move forward, together.