Andy Daly and James Urbaniak in Review.

‘The Walter White of Comedy’: James Urbaniak on ‘Review’ and Rise of Funny Antiheroes

Hilarious but complicated, Review is an easy show to praise but a hard show to, well, review. The Comedy Central series, which began its second season last week, stars comedian Andy Daly as Forrest MacNeil, a super-square TV host who “reviews” different life experiences suggested to him by viewers by doing them himself, then rating them on a scale of one to five stars. The review subjects have run the gamut from the innocuous to the spectacular to the sinister: going to the prom, space travel, having a best friend, orgies, eating pancakes, being racist, you name it. The premiere’s three topics were bareknuckle brawls, blackmail, and glory holes. But the obvious absurdity of treating anonymous fellatio through a men’s room toilet stall divider like the latest Karl Ove Knausgaard book or Marvel Cinematic Universe movie barely scratches the surface of what the show is up to.

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