In Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning, the lesbian SNL writer tackles everything from gender, biology, trans people, queerness and bodies to her annoyance with Greta Thunberg. "Do not mistake my praise for Jay’s boldness as a disregard for her craft," says Kathryn VanArendonk. "None of 3 in the Morning would exist if she weren’t so happy to walk onto a stage and poke at all the things that are uncomfortable to poke. But none of the special would work if it hadn’t been so painstakingly built this way, either. Her storytelling and timing chops are most obviously on display in the running/returning story about traveling with her girlfriend; it’s exactly the kind of joke that’s dialed in so tightly that it manages to come off as loose. And yes, there are bits of the hour that don’t hang together quite as well, a few transitions that could’ve been tied down more firmly. They’re tiny, though, in the larger scheme of things. In all, 3 in the Morning is so funny and smart and well done, full of bluster, pride, and insight. I would’ve happily hung around to listen to Jay sneer and smirk and wink and scoff her way through another hour."
TOPICS: Sam Jay, Netflix, Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning, Standup Comedy