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Netflix's Nate: A One Man Show is a daring farce about consent and machismo that’s often hilarious and always provocative

  • Natalie Palamides' stage show revolving around her male alter ego shows what happens when "toxic masculinity means well but doesn’t entirely get it," says Garrett Martin. "He knows it’s important to ask first but acts like it’s some great revelation he’s recently had and not the most basic form of respect. He’s taking art classes at night to get in touch with his feelings, but when he realizes an ex-girlfriend is in the audience, he still winds up challenging her current dude to a fight. He can’t fully tamp down the macho madness within." Martin adds: "Don’t expect anything like a traditional stand-up show, which is one of its strengths. Palamides is far more outrageous and boundary-pushing than those jurassic stand-up bozos who act like racism, sexism and homophobia are somehow still shocking after being the standard for most of human history, and she raises serious questions about real issues along the way. It’s not as tense, transgressive, or hilarious as seeing it live, but it’s still one of the most unforgettable things you’ll watch on Netflix." ALSO: The intentional unease is crucial to what makes Nate work.

    TOPICS: Nate: A One Man Show, Netflix, Natalie Palamides, Standup Comedy