Iliza Shlesinger: Unveiled Review: The Comedian Lays Into Social Commentary

By Daniel Hart
Published: November 19, 2019 (Last updated: December 29, 2023)
Netflix Special Iliza Shlesinger: Unveiled


The comedian delivers one of her best stand-ups in Iliza Shlesinger: Unveiled as she discusses marriage, social commentary and feminism.

Iliza is one of the most animated stand-up comedians in the industry. She pounces on stage, does her range of contagious impressions and never looks exhausted by the end of a set while her audience are energy sapped from laughing too much. The evolution of Iliza is obvious to see, and Iliza Shlesinger: Unveiled sees her at the start of her peak, leaving audiences wanting more. There’s a glint in her eyes in this Netflix special — you can tell she’s less bothered about the reception. Iliza has her war gear on and she attacks in Unveiled. 

Of course, she’s recently gotten married, which is an easy narrative for the Netflix Special, but surprisingly she saves the marriage talk for a long, hilarious gag at the end that cripples the audience with a range of scenarios. The comedian opens up with how women always say “amaaaazing” when they do not really mean it. She delves into feminism and ironically points out that good feminism results in shaming each other, which in itself is bad feminism. Iliza delivers plenty of conundrums in this special.

The delivery of social irony is the crux of Iliza Shlesinger: Unveiled. Occasionally, Iliza pretends to be a social commentator after she’s delivered a “politically incorrect” joke, grabbing her pretend phone and roleplaying the critic on social media. I immersed myself in her humour; we do live in a culture where a critic or commentator aspires to make that tweet pointing out something outrageous, and Iliza enjoys poking fun at them.

Eventually, our energetic comedian moves on to marriage in Iliza Shlesinger: Unveiled. She delves into how she married a chef, forcing everyone to have opinions about food. She discusses her honeymoon where she culturally got tangled into the metric system while trying to order a steak in Italy. Iliza delivers nothing in halves in her latest stand-up.

And what the audience was really waiting for was the comedian’s story of getting married. Since her first stand-up Iliza has delved into the single life and enjoying many nights out with her friends. She touches upon leaving her friends behind in the “single world” with a slight sadness in her voice.

The final part of Iliza Shlesinger: Unveiled is the comedian delivering unthrottled wedding advice. Iliza explains why she refused to wear the garter or a veil at the wedding and goes into the tiniest of descriptions to unearth her thought process behind the traditions.

As Iliza enters a new phase in her life, it’s clear that Iliza Shlesinger: Unveiled is a new chapter for many more instalments. 

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