Of all the original content that's coming to Netflix, the one that's got my attention right now is Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo. There's a lot to be intrigued about with the special, but perhaps the most intriguing is that Paisley's actually performing some comedy in the special. Before each stand-up comedian takes the stage and at the top of the show, Paisley delivers little comedy routines that are actually pretty funny. Believe you me, this guy's got the magic touch when it comes to stand-up comedy, and he knows what he's doing.
But I didn't start out so convinced. In fact, I had lots (and lots and lots) of mixed emotions about watching this special. It just seemed too cheesy and too good to be true. Would Paisley really be funny? Or would he just be a dud to watch? Would he outshine the other comedians? Or would he fade into the background? Sure, he's hosted events like the Country Music Awards before, but stand-up comedy is a very different ball game.
Watching this special sent me on a spiral of emotions. As such, let me tell you some of the thoughts I had while watching Paisley take a stab at stand-up. Trust me: you're going to want to read this.
No, really. Why am I torturing myself right now by watching this silliness?
Maybe this won't be weird.
And why is he showing up in this cold open and making really outdated Knight Rider jokes?
As Paisley takes the stage to finally (finally!) build up the excitement for the stand-up comedians we're about to see, the excitement and curiosity begins. And yes, I didn't technically pay to see this show, but time is money, baby!
Wait, do I like this?!
I'm not sure if Paisley wrote these jokes, but his whole bit about how Beauty and the Beast should be retitled to Beauty and the Bestiality is really funny.
If Paisley can be damn funny, we can all be funny too.
Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift... something's up.
Yes, this is really happening, and I'm so uncomfortable right now. Don't clap for this, people!
That first cousin joke song was a big gamble and... I'm ready to move on.
Paisley whiffing on the first lines of his final song is a really great moment that plays so beautifully because it's so natural and off-the-cuff.
Turns out, the country singer knows how to warm up a crowd and croon. Who knew?
With all the kindness in my heart toward these other comedians, please stop telling your jokes because I want more Paisley.
Why do I suddenly feel the need to download his album on iTunes?
I'm not sure what the relationship between comedy and music is, but when Paisley brings them together into one experience, it really works.
I like this lifestyle choice, TBH.
What can I say, guys? I started out a skeptic and ended up a fan.
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