Andrew Santino: Cheeseburger Review – a lacklustre meal that lacked substance

By Ricky Valero
Published: January 11, 2023 (Last updated: March 9, 2023)
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Summary

Andrew Santino: Cheeseburger is a disastrously cooked meal that I wanted to send back to the chef.

We review the Netflix comedy stand up special Andrew Santino: Cheeseburger, which was released on January 10th, 2023.

Andrew Santino made his stand-up comedy special debut on Adam Devine’s House Party in 2013. Since then, he’s released two specials, including his last one that debuted in 2017 on Showtime, Home Field Advantage. He returns to the stage with his first Netflix special in Andrew Santino: Cheeseburger. Is the special worth checking out? Let’s dive in.

Andrew Santino: Cheeseburger Stand Up Comedy Review

The special was recorded in Denver, Colorado, where we have a straightforward opening for Andrew as the host announces him to come to the stage. Then, on the stage, we’ve got quite an array of things happening, from a bar stand that has alcohol on it and a cigar chair that has a stand with a drink next to it. I am not sure what’s going on, but I like the vibe.

After kicking off with a covid joke (thankfully didn’t stay here too long), Andrew tackles getting his prostate exam. When I tell you that this was one of the funniest unfiltered bits of storytelling from a comedian about this, I am not lying. I loved the perspective he brought to the approach here by including some aspects of how women feel in specific scenarios. It was a great start to the show.

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Alright, I am sure the hate will come in for me when I say this, but Andrew’s entire edgy bit about climate change felt so forced and lacked any funny moments. I get what he was trying to do, but he had a few moments where he felt like he was forcing the joke to the point where I found myself wanting to turn off the special. And just when I thought he would save it with one line, he threw out another line that was followed by an audible sigh from me.

What’s wild to me is that this continued throughout the fifty-eight-minute runtime. I can imagine most people will turn this off about halfway through. If you are going to be “edgy,” do it with confidence and not sound like you are trying to be “edgy” to be cool. It comes off so badly throughout the special.

Is Andrew Santino: Cheeseburger any good?

I’ll be honest, this one is an easy pass for me. I am not saying there weren’t times I laughed, but the overall special was truly lackluster. I’ve said that a comedian on the stage is up there to make us laugh and not run for office. Now, Andrew tackles both sides and how stupid they can be, but he beats a dead horse over and over again, making every joke that follows less and less funny.

Overall, Andrew Santino: Cheeseburger is an overcooked, under-seasoned special that I can’t wait to forget that I watched. He tries too hard and fails to connect the dots with his jokes. I promise you can find something else better to watch.

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