On June 6, 2022, the Netflix comedy special Bill Burr Presents: Friends Who Kill was launched on the streaming service.
The showcase, which was repurposed as an hour-long comedy special from the set that took place at the Netflix is a Joke comedy festival in Los Angeles last month, sees Bill Burr take the stage with a chosen lineup of ten performers. As Burr emphasizes multiple times during the event, the ten performers chosen for the showcase are the keepers of some of his favorite punchlines. The premise is straightforward: every one of these comedians, including Burr, who hosts the showcase and performs the first act, will provide material that is both thought-provoking and rib-ticklingly amusing. To suggest that Bill Burr and his associates accomplish neither is both an understatement and an act of tremendous charity.
Format of the show
The premise is deceptively simple: Bill Burr opens the program with a performance, and each comic gets less than 10 minutes on stage. Burr enters the stage after each show to announce and hype up the next artist on the bill. As per Burr’s reputation, a lineup assembled by him is not expected to play well; rather, it is intended to push boundaries and, most crucially, to be objectively hilarious.
Where to watch?
You can stream Bill Burr Presents: Friends who kill on Netflix.
The Comedians starring in the show
Bill Burr at 1:13:13, Michelle Wolf at 1:04:01, Jimmy Carr at 53:43, Steph Tolev at 46:33, Jeff Ross and Dave Attell at 38:32, Ian Edwards at 30:52, Joe Bartnick at 23:20, Jessica Kirson at 18:38, Josh Adam Meyers at 10:01 and lastly Ronnie Chieng at 05:14.
What do our critics have to say?
We know that other comedians will take the stage, but Bill Burr takes the stage first. Burr does what every other comic has done in the previous year: he takes on COVID. He cracks several jokes, ranging from the number of individuals who perished to making fun of those who insulted physicians during the outbreak. Burr then takes on Kyle Rittenhouse, which elicits more moans than laughs, which is understandable given the quality of the gags.
Michelle Wolf grabbed the stage next, speaking about Kamala Harris and how small girls all across the world should know it’s now possible. Wolf then focuses on white women and how their acts and words are hypocritical. To be honest, for me, this was a huge swing and a big miss. I’d never seen Wolf’s work before, and after viewing this, I’m no longer intrigued.
Jimmy Carr is up next, and he begins the jokes by saying that in 10 years, jokes will no longer be jokes because of how sensitive people are. So Carr wants to test the audience’s sense of humor by telling a bombardment of jokes? To be honest, we are 0-2 throughout this special.
The concert concludes with Josh Adam Myers, who takes the stage and begins singing? I suppose this is his act. This was AWFUL. I need a drink or 10. What was Bill Burr thinking when he put this on the show? I’m so perplexed right now? Burr is now introducing Ronnie Chieng to the stage? And now he’s going to sing? Worse, he’s going to perform Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”? Please call it a night.
Bill Burr Presents: Friends who kill – stream it or skip it?
According to the above critics, we will say skip it. As stated the show was not funny and they pick the most sensitive topics.
Overall, the positives cannot overcome the negatives of this program. Viewers had high hopes for this, and viewers found themselves wanting to turn it off multiple times. This is not something viewers would suggest to their worst enemy.