Comedian Iliza Shlesinger gives at-home viewers an up-close-and-personal look at her career leading up to her latest Netflix special in the “fan-u-mentary” Iliza Shlesinger: Over & Over.
Aside from further proving Shlesinger’s terrific stand-up abilitities, Iliza Shlesinger: Over & Over does a great job at giving viewers an insider’s perspective on the busy world of a professional comedian, including the important stakes of a performer’s next gig. Shlesinger’s Netflix special, Elder Millennial, acts as a proper goal for director Jonah Miles to work towards. It’s a routine storytelling blueprint, but the audience has fun anticipating the big show. In fact, Comedy Dynamics’ Over & Over would make a good companion piece with Netflix’s Elder Millennial.
Miles also doesn’t dismiss the other variables that help the comedian maintain her public presence and her personal drive. Viewers see this especially during Shlesinger’s press tour for her book Girl Logic. It turns out the road to Netflix coincided with her book promotion. This sounds like the lead-up to a promotional puff piece, but Shlesinger shuts down any rumours of sneaky activity with sincerity. Over & Over presents Iliza as a genuine person who would rather jump off a cliff than appear smug in her own VOD vehicle.
Iliza Shlesinger: Over & Over is about as deep as a teeny-bopper concert flick (Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, Katy Perry: Part of Me). But considering this “fan-u-mentary” is meant to entertain those who are already familiar with Iliza, that’s okay. The doc hinges on that expectation and succeeds with big laughs.
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