Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
Robert Klein has always been one of the funniest people out there in showbiz. Unlike George Carlin, who's just gotten meaner over the years and not necessarily funnier, Klein is consistently standout funny without being vindictive. He skewers getting old, President Clinton, evolution, Broadway, Shakespeare, Ringo Starr, SAG, and anything else that comes up. He even wrote all the music in the show. He occasionally seems to go off-script into improvisation, and this is when the show really soars.
I've been a fan of his for years, and wish we could get more of his comedy. He's a never-fail antidote for depression, and this show is definitely worth tracking down on HBO. Most of the comedy shows he's done over the years are not readily available now, which is a terrible shame. All of his work needs to be on video or DVD, just to counteract the desolation of our everyday lives. Five minutes of his comedy and I'm feeling good again.
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