NEWS
VARIETY
April 20, 2022

Irony Point Chiefs on 'I Think You Should Leave' Season 3

Irony Point might not have wide name recognition just yet, but its projects, which include Netflix’s WGA Award-winning “I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson” and Marvel’s new scripted “Squirrel Girl” podcast, are attracting the attention of high-profile backers.

The banner, now almost 12 months into a three-year overall deal with Netflix, is headed by co-presidents Alex Bach and Daniel Powell. Their little company also has partnered with Endeavor Content and Broadway Video on recent projects…

Keep reading at Variety.com

CHICAGO SUN TIMES
May 6, 2021

‘That Damn Michael Che’ makes you laugh a lot, squirm a little

That damn Michael Che has been doing an increasingly damn good job co-anchoring “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live” since 2014 and he’s pretty damn funny in a new HBO Max original sketch comedy vehicle that’s smart, insightful, topical and intended to make you uncomfortable from time to time — which it succeeds in doing, and that’s just the kind of comedy we could use right about now.

Keep reading at The Chicago Sun Times.

USA Today
October 27, 2020

TikTok star Sarah Cooper's first Netflix comedy special is a triumph

Sarah Cooper knows how to make comedy during the pandemic.

The comedian has gone viral (although, maybe we really shouldn't use that word to describe something popular on the internet anymore) since the White House coronavirus briefings began in April. Her shtick seemed basic: She films herself lip-syncing to some of President Trump's more infamous quotations.

Simple, yes, but highly effective and hilarious. Cooper does so much with her body language, with editing and facial expressions, that the bits feel like so much more. Her videos have received millions of views this year on TikTok and other social media platforms, she gained praise from celebrities, a slot at the Democratic National Convention and guest-hosting slot on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" She also nabbed her own Netflix comedy special, "Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine" (now streaming).

Read more at USA Today.

EMMYS.COM
May 11, 2020

Heading to Irony Point

A production company’s “lesser-heard” voices may have their say in the next wave.

"We try to create an environment - from preproduction, to the set, to post - that is respectful," said executive producer Daniel Powell, "The goal is to bring as much diversity and different voices to the table as possible."

Powell and producer Alex Bach have been doing just that at Irony Point, their independent productions company. They focus on bringing more underrepresented talent in front of and behind the cameras.

"We start with the talent and their ideas and our belief in them - as opposed to working backward from what we think is going to be financially successful," said the Emmy and Peabody-winning Powell, "Ultimately, no one ever really knows how that part of it will work out."

Keep reading at Emmys.com

DECIDER
April 22, 2020

The 10 Sketch Comedies on Netflix with the Highest Rotten Tomatoes Scores

When we look around at the world today, we can’t help but note how crazy this all is. Life is on pause for some and barreling ahead for others, all while the news is filled with doomsday headlines. It is so absurd we could laugh at it! Many people feel the same way and for the opportunity to get it all out — or just an opportunity to relieve some stress and laugh lightheartedly for a while. If you find yourself in either mentality, then look no further than sketch comedies to tap into those bottled-up cathartic giggles. Sketch comedy as a subgenre is designed to explore and find humor in the facts of life, which is exactly what we all need right about now!

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TV Guide
December 6, 2019

Astronomy Club Is the Crown Jewel of a Groundbreaking Year for Black Sketch Comedy

What's got 16 legs, makes people cry laughing, and breaks down doors? Why, that would be Astronomy Club, the sketch comedy troupe debuting its eponymous show Dec. 6 on Netflix.

OK, fine — that was more of a riddle than a joke. And it's probably not going to land this writer an invitation to join the professional pranksters in Astronomy Club, a band of black comics who coalesced in 2014 and built buzz through New York performances and sidesplitting online videos. Doubt my comedic abilities if you must, but you can at least trust my opinion that Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show is very, very funny, and a welcome addition to a sudden boom in black sketch comedy on TV…

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FAST COMPANY
December 6, 2019

Netflix’s ‘Astronomy Club’ is an A+ sketch show skewering Hollywood’s “C+” on race

If the members of the assembled group don’t look instantly familiar, give it a moment. Over there is Whoopi Goldberg’s spiritual sherpa, who reunited Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore across the mortal divide in Ghost. Oh, and she’s joined by Will Smith’s legendary Bagger Vance, the mysterious golf-whisperer who caddies Matt Damon to both athletic and romantic breakthroughs. And across from them is Morgan Freeman’s paradigm-shifting chauffeur from Driving Miss Daisy, the one who helps an old lady discover that prejudice exists.

These are but three of the life-lesson dispensers attending Magical Negro Rehab in the first episode of Netflix’s new sketch show Astronomy Club.

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Variety
December 6, 2019

Netflix’s ‘Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show’: TV Review

The premiere of “Astronomy Club” is so dense with fully-formed jokes, wry social commentaries, and wild left turns that you’d be forgiven for wondering if you accidentally dropped into the show’s second season rather than its first. There are sketches about a life or death hair emergency, the chain reaction of biases of people sizing each other up from either side of a locked apartment building door, and a harrowing disaster from the perspective of its gingerbread-men victims. There’s one about a support group for Magical Negroes who can’t let go of their need to help white people (think Bagger Vance), and another about Robin Hood getting a lesson in the intersection between class and race when he tries to rob a wealthy black family. Throughout, there’s a faux MTV-style reality show starring the Astronomy Club itself. (“Why Astronomy Club? We’re black and we’re all stars — and like most stars, nobody knows our names,” explains cast member Keisha Zollar.) This first episode sets the standard for “Astronomy Club” as clever, ambitious, and perhaps most importantly for a sketch show, both self-aware and completely ridiculous. In other words, it’s a pretty great way to blow a couple hours of your life whether you want to think a little harder about your comedy, or just appreciate its total absurdity.

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BOSTON GLOBE
December 6, 2019

Astronomy Club’ raises the bar for sketch comedy on Netflix

Some of the best sketches in “Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show" flip the script on racist Hollywood tropes, from horror movies’ “kill the black guy first” cliché to the narrative of the white savior.

During a particularly inspired bit from the Netflix sketch-comedy series (six episodes, now streaming), supporting characters of color from classic films gather to attend a support group.

In one seat, there’s Will Smith’s Bagger Vance, who helped Matt Damon work on his golf swing. In another: Whoopi Goldberg’s Oda Mae Brown from “Ghost,” the psychic who played cross-mortal-coil matchmaker to Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. They’re all here for “Dignity and Ambition for Magical Negroes” (D.A.M.N.), a rehab clinic designed to help them let go of their need to mentor white people…

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AV CLUB
November 25, 2019

Get a look at the trailer for Netflix's Kenya Barris-produced Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show

The history of Netflix’s forthcoming sketch comedy show, Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show, actually dates back to 2014 when the New York-based improv troupe of the same name was first formed. Its founder, James III, wanted to put together a group that could audition for a spot at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. They would go on to become UCB’s first all-Black house team.

While their initial purpose was clear, co-head writer and player Jonathan Braylock admits to The A.V. Club that the group’s name—which was originally supposed to be a temporary placeholder—is a bit more complex. “We like to say the name means different things to all of us,” Braylock said, “so depending on who you ask, the meaning has a different answer. Kind of like the Joker’s origin story in The Dark Knight.”

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