Arsenio Hall: Smart and Classy Review: Another Stand-Up Fighting Against Political Correctness

October 29, 2019
Daniel Hart 1
Netflix, TV Reviews
3

Summary

Arsenio Hall: Smart and Classy is another Netflix special where the comedian talks about the increasing need for political correctness, but apart from that, it’s pretty dry.

3

Summary

Arsenio Hall: Smart and Classy is another Netflix special where the comedian talks about the increasing need for political correctness, but apart from that, it’s pretty dry.

Netflix Special Arsenio Hall: Smart and Classy will be released the platform on October 29, 2019. 


With the content of the new Netflix stand-ups, there is a trend emerging. Predictably, comedians are getting exhausted with the growing need for political correctness in society. I don’t believe comedians think that there is no requirement for being PC, but it’s about their careers. Comedy requires pushing boundaries. It’s never been about offending people. It’s about raising a subject matter and placing a scenario on it.

I feel myself typing these sentences regularly; how comedy is our last dying art where we can express ourselves and fit dynamics around a singular subject. Deon Cole touched on it in his Netflix stand-up. We need a progressive society, but let’s not kill comedy.

Once Arsenio fluffs past his opinions on society, he brushes on how so many people mistake him for Wesley Snipes. And that’s one of his safer jokes. Once he moves passed how white folk mistake him for another black person, he proceeds to remove the boundaries and test the audience in front of him.

Of course, as usual, there’s a dig at Donald Trump. Arsenio Hall won America’s The Apprentice, and he suggests that no-one cares as much about that achievement anymore. I suppose he is right and he footers it with the fact he does not like the man that much either. Arsenio Hall: Smart and Classy brings forth his centrist opinions that he does not care much about politicians, suggesting the right versus left mentality does not appeal to him. He’s a comedian that speaks my mind.

Arsenio Hall: Smart and Classy tackles the Bill Cosby story — it seems like every black comedian enjoys surfacing this joke and I am not sure how to react every time it is used. It’s becoming a tired use of stand-up time, and I sense it does not pave engagement to the entire audience. His diversion to talking about O.J Simpson is clever, and he finds a reason for linking the two.

If you like extended funny jokes about the small ugly toe then Arsenio Hall is most certainly the comedian for you. Netflix Special Arsenio Hall: Smart and Classy is far from an outstanding gig, replaying all the jokes we’ve heard before, which is a shame because he’s got the style and charisma to pull off a welcome special.