Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Marlon Wayans: You Know What It Is’ On HBO Max, Indulging In The Comedian’s Sex Fears And Fantasies

Three years after delivering a stand-up comedy particular for Netflix, Marlon Wayans, the youngest of the Wayans Brothers, has a brand new hour for HBO Max, filmed outside in Miami this spring, by which he wasn’t as involved in regards to the pandemic as he was about outie stomach buttons and the intercourse lives of his two youngsters. 

The Gist: Of all the Wayans Brothers, maybe it’s the youngest, Marlon, who has proven probably the most vary in his 30-plus years in entrance of the digital camera.

Between sitcoms from the late Nineteen Nineties and the late 2010s, The CW’s The Wayans Bros. and NBC’s Marlon, he has managed to carve out a profession that has included supporting roles in critically acclaimed dramatic motion pictures reminiscent of Requiem for a Dream and Warmth, an enormous movie franchise half as Ripcord in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, hosted a actuality comedy competitors that includes a then-unknown Tiffany Haddish (Funniest Wins for TBS), starred in broad over-the-top comedies reminiscent of White Chicks and Little Man, and wrote/produced/starred in a number of parody franchises, most notably the Scary Film and A Haunted Home sequence.

He delivered his first Netflix comedy particular, Woke-ish, in 2018. His follow-up, You Know What It Is, now out on HBO Max, examines his fears, which at the very least for this hour, concentrate on folks with outie stomach buttons, the sexuality of his son and daughter once they have been teenagers, and that his personal infidelity to their mom could have had one thing to do with it. It’s Marlon’s first mission by way of an total deal he made with HBO Max.

The title of his hour is harking back to a line of dialogue from Netflix’s The Irishman, by which the mafia explains their inevitable hits on folks with the phrase, “It’s what it’s.” Solely in Marlon’s world, the phrase will get circled by muggers and himself alike to clarify themselves, delivered to us as: “ what it’s.”

Marlon Wayans: You Know What It Is (2021)
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What Comedy Specials Will It Remind You Of?: It retraces among the floor from Woke-ish, so in case you already watched that, then this could remind you of that!

Memorable Jokes: Marlon works up a sweat fairly early with a bit by which he describes his childhood bully as a bow-legged monster, demonstrating by strolling on the edges of his ft with a stool atop his head (to signify the bully carrying his personal little brother on his shoulders) whereas dragging the microphone alongside the bottom and filling a saggy diaper and smoking his mom’s cigarettes. Are you able to image that? It’s much more when Marlon’s performing it out.

Marlon additionally title checks a number of rappers in his rant towards outie stomach buttons, and tags the entire thing with a jab on the white insurgents who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6., which firmly locations this particular throughout the well timed context of 2021.

And but the rest of the hour goes again in time with Marlon indulging in a number of fantasies involving first his daughter, and later his son, on their promenade nights, receiving their potential dates (or in Marlon’s world, intercourse companions) and the way he would possibly reply to their suitors relying upon their sexuality.

In a later bit, he talks in regards to the generational and cultural divides amongst mother and father in relation to spanking, questioning if he made the precise selections along with his youngsters.

And as you would see from the trailer, Marlon additionally manages to impersonate his three well-known older brothers, Keenen, Damon and Shawn, all throughout the context of them mocking him for getting caught dishonest on his longtime associate and mom of his youngsters. All of which he traces again to an inopportune celebration of his 2013 film, A Haunted Home, by going to the island of St. Barts with a good friend and making new ones alongside the way in which.

Our Take: As I wrote in my review of Woke-ish three years ago, Marlon Wayans remains to be attempting to develop out of the shell of his household’s and tradition’s historical past with homophobia. He even prefaces this hour by acknowledging that something he hates comes out of concern, and something he fears comes out of worries about how issues mirror upon himself.

And but.

He hasn’t appear to have grown a lot within the ensuing three years post-Woke-ish. In reality, his materials has regressed. Certain, he will get a few applause breaks for saying he loves his daughter it doesn’t matter what, however earlier than, after and in between these moments of applause, he’s describing and performing out his daughter’s potential sexual encounters, and later his teenage son’s imaginary homosexual intercourse, which isn’t humorous however simply gross.

It seems and sounds, too, as if he tries to compensate for this by including a line in post-production. Within the thirty first minute, whereas the digital camera is taking pictures Marlon from behind, we hear him say in a barely totally different quantity and tone from the remainder of the particular: “This can be a actual concern for fathers. Particularly within the Black group.”

As a result of Marlon’s removed from the one Black comic to nonetheless make homophobia an enormous a part of their hours. If solely he had extra of a degree or a message behind his.

Then once more, maybe Marlon is aware of that even at age 49, he nonetheless has quite a lot of rising but to do. As he joked, too: “And see, I put Google Alerts on myself, as a result of as you all see from this set, I can say quite a lot of silly shit. So I must know the silly shit I say so I can name my publicist so she will put the silly shit I say and say it was a lie, when it in all probability was the reality.”

Our Name: SKIP IT. On the finish of the hour, I felt somewhat bit like Marlon had robbed me with all of his mugging. That although he may regale us with all of his memorable TV and film credit, reminding us of the enjoyment he has introduced, he felt by some means obligated to indulge us with this lackluster hour. As a result of, effectively, it’s what it’s.

Sean L. McCarthy works the comedy beat for his personal digital newspaper, The Comic’s Comic; earlier than that, for precise newspapers. Based mostly in NYC however will journey wherever for the inside track: Ice cream or information. He additionally tweets @thecomicscomic and podcasts half-hour episodes with comedians revealing origin tales: The Comic’s Comic Presents Last Things First.

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