What Now is the newest comedy special to be released by Kevin Hart. It was released in theaters on October 14th of last year, but has just now made its way onto Netflix this week. I love stand-up specials. I’ve loved Kevin Hart’s stand-up specials so far, even though I have never found his “preshow” and “aftershow” sketches funny at all. These sketches are a bore and never get a laugh out of me and I fail to understand their inclusion, other than to lengthen the special for a theatrical release. What Now is forgettable, not funny and overall, a really bore.
Like I said before, I loved Kevin Hart’s other specials and found myself laughing hysterically at most of his jokes but this time around there was something off about it. The jokes never felt genuine and felt like outlandish scenarios that are so fabricated, even though they keeps mentioning that these are in fact “true stories”.
On top of the jokes not feeling genuine, they were all stretched out for laughs and sometimes the punch lines were repeated. It felt as though Kevin did not have enough material to stretch out over an entire show and just started to ramble on and on over certain points. This would have been fine, if the ramblings were funny, even in the slightest. Kevin finds himself going on five minutes tangents that lead up to a punch line that never really delivered.
What Now was a case of spectacle over material. His material was not very solid but the spectacle of selling out an entire football stadium was there. He had good presentations, with large video screens behind him that he incorporated into his act but the presentation cannot compensate for poor material.
Overall, What Now was a colossal disappointment, especially if you look at his previous work. I found myself checking the time over and over again to see when it would end and I was hoping that there would be at least one joke that would be the saving grace of this performance. Sadly, there was no real funny material and I found myself feeling bad for all the people in the audience that overpaid to see this lackluster performance.