Kev Adams: The Real Me review – one too many sodas

By Ricky Valero
Published: October 7, 2022 (Last updated: October 8, 2022)
Kev Adams: The Real Me review - one too many sodas


Kev Adams opens up in a way we have never seen before, resulting in one of the best stand-up specials of his career.

Netflix Stand-Up Comedy Special Kev Adams: The Real Me was released on Netflix on October 7th, 2022.

Another stand-up special is streaming on Netflix with Kev Adams: The Real Me. Is the special worth checking out?

The special opens with a movie-like montage inside a restaurant where Adams sits down and talks about wanting to be himself. Honestly, one of my favorite openings of the year because you learn throughout the special that it was a bit of a personal journey for him. We had a bit of a simplistic stage which worked perfectly.

Early on, we find out some kids are in the crowd, which I found odd, but Adams brilliantly uses this to his advantage. He does an entire bit about how he will make a noise, and when he does, it’s time for the kids to put their fingers in their ears as it’s about to get very adult-like.

The first time it happens, he makes the noise, and you can’t help but bust out laughing. He tells this story about taking a woman back to his hotel room but struggling mightily because this little girl was sitting in the third row. So he broke several times in his attempt to jump-start the rest of the joke. You could tell he wasn’t prepared for this making it very natural and funny as hell. The entire thing added an extra layer to this joke and a few others.

Throughout the special, Adams does a great job with his crowd work. He can control the crowd, but also, when he confronts an overzealous older lady in the front row, he doesn’t get flustered or upset. Instead, he turned it into a joke that made everyone laugh—some truly incredible crowd work.

Adams mentioned during the early montage that he wanted to be himself, which led to a different kind of stand-up special. He proceeded to be a storyteller and told stories about his personal life while making light of certain things. And I’ll be honest, I found myself sucked into his world throughout the special because of how personal he made it. The only other special that has made me feel this way this year was Jerod Carmichaels “Rothaniel.” He connects with you on an emotional level that you don’t always get when watching these.

Overall, Kev Adams: The Real Me might not be for everyone, but it was very much for me. Easily one of the best stand-up specials of the year. I hope that this “new” Adams we saw is here to stay with his future specials.

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