Neal Brennan: Blocks review – an edgy special that hits the mark

November 9, 2022
Ricky Valero 4
Film Reviews, Netflix, Streaming Service


Neal Brennan: Blocks will surely make everyone mad, but if you are like me and enjoy laughing, Brennan delivers the goods.

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Neal Brennan: Blocks will surely make everyone mad, but if you are like me and enjoy laughing, Brennan delivers the goods.

Another month, another Netflix comedy stand-up special – here is our official review of Neal Brennan: Blocks.

Neal Brennan has been working in stand-up comedy and comedy since 1992. He co-wrote the cult classic Half Baked with Dave Chappelle, with whom he co-created and co-wrote The Chappelle Show. Brennan returns for his second special with Netflix in Neal Brennan: Blocks. Is his latest special continuing the success of his past specials? Let’s dive in.

The special opened with a simple little montage with him explaining the backdrop of the set and the way that it looks. We are in a medium-sized auditorium with a slightly intimate feeling. It’s a weird little opening, but as the show progressed, he used the set pieces behind him to tell his jokes, so I give him mad props for creativity. So, overall, I give it an eight out of ten.

I have spoken plenty about issues with comedians touching on political things in a way that comes off preachy. However, Brennan doesn’t get preachy and tells the jokes in a way that is equally as funny as matter-of-fact. For example, I loved how he said, “don’t go out like your boy,” when talking about transgender issues. In addition, Brennan is fearless in tackling other interesting topics, including guns. Now again, not a massive fan of THIS much political talk in specials, but this was unique in Brennan’s approach.

We are going to give you a bag of mushrooms and a copy of Ace Venture: Pet Detective.

Speaking of that approach, Brennan not shying away from things that most comedians won’t touch was something I give him all the credit for because comedy is supposed to be funny, no matter the topic. But, while not shying away, he doesn’t not share his thoughts but also tackles both sides of the spectrum that highlights how both sides can be wrong. It’s like everything I hate about stand-up anymore but done in a way that reminds me why I love stand-up.

One of the things I loved the most about this special was the crowd’s reaction to some of these jokes. I swear you think the crowd thought there was a camera on them at all times because they were hesitant to laugh at a couple of Brennan’s jokes. While we couldn’t see them, I had it made up in my mind it would go something like this. Brennan would tell his joke, someone would look left then look right, and if they were both laughing, they would too. It was pretty comical.

Overall, Neal Brennan: Blocks is quite an edgy stand-up special that won’t be for everyone because some of the lines he crosses will bother both sides of the fence. However, more jokes landed than not, making it a relatively solid special. I recommend watching it with an open mind and being reminded that comedy is the best type of comfort.

What did you think of the Netflix comedy stand up special Neal Brennan: Blocks? Comment below.

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4 thoughts on “Neal Brennan: Blocks review – an edgy special that hits the mark

  • November 14, 2022 at 3:35 am

    I’ve watched it twice so far to make sure I got at least most of his self depreciating yet on point jokes.

  • November 15, 2022 at 2:39 am

    Reminds me of “Rothaniel” (a sad, but AMAZING special also), and this one? Neal Brennan = Great + funny + Human.
    Thank you man, ??

  • November 16, 2022 at 2:57 am

    So refreshing, taking about hit topic’s without rage. Speaking of alcoholic father and what that does to a child’s self worth,
    Self confondante, and feeling of acceptance. He comes off as a person with quick wit, good timing, but I guess in a nutshell
    too humble, wondering is this good stuff. But, he takes the chance anyway and hits it out of the ball park……at the end I was very touched and in these times how often are we touched. I’m 85yrs old, just sayin

  • November 18, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Disclaimer: I’m no position to judge this man’s work. Just another worthless opinion nobody should read or care about.
    Mr Brennan should be extremely proud of this comedy special.
    I know him as a great comedy writer, not as good when delivering it in person.
    I loved his segment on Dave Chapelle’s Mark Twain prize acceptance ceremony, great timing and delivery overall.
    This special, was a significant raising of the bar for him in every aspect you can think of when judging a comedy routine.
    A 3.5 out 5? I don’t think this would go anything under 4.5 out of 5.
    Won’t get into spoilers, a very worthy 63 minutes time investment for anybody.

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