You’d be forgiven if you didn’t know much about Drew Michael as a comedian. Enigmatic was part of his brand even before he left his hometown of Chicago for New York to pursue a comedy career in the late 1920s.
Michael began to be successful at the age of 30 years.
The Comedy Central half-hour special premiered in 2016, followed by a year of documentaries on Saturday Night Live. Michael also appeared on an episode of the Carmichael Show in 2017, playing Drew’s character.
Jerod Carmichael is behind two Michael special programs on HBO, debuting the same name in 2018 and is the watch’s executive producer. Michael took a significant risk and pulled away a bit from his fellow comedians by performing HBO’s first-class mostly in black emptiness, right in front of the camera with no indoor audience.
Maybe he was just there ahead of his time? Maybe we will all get used to the front camera presentation? Or does he know how to isolate himself from others? Or maybe it’s just a gimmick.
However, does this new watch reveal that Michael is dressed in blue, dark colours and bathed in equally dramatic dark green-grey light in a warehouse setting in front of an actual audience?
The introductory text not only chooses a lowercase format, but it also plays tricks on the viewer, with the title “Red-Blue-Green” filled with inappropriate colours. Everything is wrong. Deliberately. Again. As Michael struggles with childhood hearing loss, parental neglect, and its impact on his personal and professional relationships to date, he is determined to change that.
He also confronts Jimmy Fallon with a devastating performance from host Tonight, which Michael can only conclude with a hint of confidence: “I was never asked to be on the show.”
And then there’s the well-staged climax where Michael tries to deal with his own emotional and professional flaws – in the context of a classic joke – by reading percussion text on his cell phone, which becomes a lengthy confessional joke, complemented by music. Point one. The final twist in the plot underlines this.
Michael has spoken on stage in special programs before:
To grow up with a hearing loss and fail to bond in romantic relationships.
After a closer look at how he felt unprepared for adult life. A series of poignant jokes popped our bubble about what it should be like. The climate acknowledgement suggests that Michael’s early comedy career was basically that Trolling had grown. He intervened to say a lot of wild things on stage in his twenties.
To stand out from his peers, so that he could feel special, different. Or unique as a performer to a child for not connecting with other people or even literally sometimes being able to hear.
Where are we, the audience?
But by eliminating celebrity cults in our culture and faking social media. Michael is digging into our deeper insecurities (without even investigating the psychological consequences of the pandemic! In ways that explain our insecurities and how we like exploited actors can promote fake activism or people.
Whites who put safety oil and CBD into their podcasts. But where did Michael leave him? Is he just another snake oil trader, or is he something special in the league of icons he calls Michael Jackson, Sir Isaac Newton or Steve Jobs? Michael was still at least aware of his shortcomings in not sitting on their level, but that wouldn’t stop him from thinking. Or by pointing out that the artist himself must have some psychopathy to claim the audience, including themselves.
Maybe if all these men and all men in general:
Just go to therapy and face your own mistakes and insecurities? This is Michael’s advice that we can take to heart.
Michael suggested to his grudge: “You might be angry. You might think I’m angry. You can’t like me But! Counterpoint: who are you? “I’m just a critic. Anyone who still believes that Michael has an attractive presence cultivates our attention, even if some or even a lot of it turns out to be fake.