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Review: Roy Wood Jr: No One Loves You


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Comedy Central airs its second standup special from “Daily Show” correspondent Roy Wood Jr. on Friday, Jan. 25 at 11 p.m.

Titled “No One Loves You,” the 40-year-old Birmingham native covers the usual suspects of racism and sexism, giving the crowd at Chicago’s Vic Theatre his unique take on a number of hot topics, several of which fall under the issue of protests.

He has a lot to say about the paradoxical origins of the national anthem, and suggests some adjustments that would get black folks to stop kneeling. There’s also a funny bit about white people at marches who “over-protest.”

Other portions include black superheroes and their time constraints, a McDonald’s bit that goes on a little too long, a brilliant metaphor of the United States as a restaurant that doesn’t provide equal service, and how African Americans might avoid being the next “while black” victim of overreacting white bystanders.

While discussing the #MeToo movement, Wood makes a point about R. Kelly getting a pass, without ever mentioning the singer’s name. “If you do music the right way, it gives you a little longer time to be a bad person,” Wood says. “They’d rather step than take a stand.”

Is this worth an hour of your time? The man is consistently on point with his racial observations, and the material contains enough fresh, comical perspective to warrant at least some love, despite the title.

Comedy Central is also offering fans a “Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You” digital album and exclusive linear and digital companion content, including two original sketches elaborating on themes from the stage. The sketches — “The Avenging Ones” and “Snitch Cop” — are introduced by clips from the special that lead directly into the scripted short-form originals.

The album will also drop on Jan. 25, via all digital retailers and streaming services, and Wood will appear on Comedy Central’s Friday-night interstitial series “Stupid Questions with Chris Distefano,” which guides viewers through the night’s programming, the same evening.

On Jan. 26, the full special will be available in the CC App, on CC.com and On Demand, and the uncensored version will be available for digital download on platforms including iTunes, Prime Video, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Vudu and Verizon Fios On Demand.

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