With Mike Birbiglia making his Broadway debut, revisit certainly one of his solo reveals on Netflix. And Catherine Zeta-Jones stars in “Queen America.”
MIKE BIRBIGLIA: THANK GOD FOR JOKES on Netflix. The starting of this solo efficiency finds the comic Mike Birbiglia reflecting on the bounds of his fame. “At some point this week, you told someone where you were going tonight,” he says. “And that person said, ‘Who?’” But since “Thank God for Jokes” had its debut, his notoriety has risen: His film about improv comedy, “Don’t Think Twice,” introduced his title to movie audiences who missed his breakout film, “Sleepwalk With Me,” in 2012. And now he’s making his Broadway debut with a solo present, “The New One,” primarily based on his current experiences as a father. “Thank God for Jokes” additionally carries a theme near Birbiglia’s life expertise: humor itself. In his assessment for The New York Times, Neil Genzlinger wrote that the present’s chief considerations are “what a joke is; the purposes of joke-telling; the limits, if any, on what to joke about and where.” But how the comic investigates that isn’t at all times direct; Genzlinger additionally referred to as the present “an indescribably ridiculous collection of anecdotes and asides that miraculously blend into a whole.”
THE BUREAU on Sundance Now. This arty French political espionage thriller follows brokers of the French authorities each within the area and at residence, all of the whereas weaving in a heavy serving to of romantic drama. “‘The Bureau’ is essentially a workplace drama with an art house aesthetic, set at an unusually exciting office,” Judy Berman wrote for The Times’s Watching web site. The fourth season, which started in France final month, debuts on Wednesday evening for American audiences by way of the Sundance Film Festival’s streaming service.
QUEEN AMERICA on Facebook Watch. With the recent dramas surrounding the real Miss America pageant — namely, its elimination of swimsuits and other changes leading to what has been described as internal turmoil — it may be difficult for the drama in this fictional black comedy series about beauty pageants to outdo real life. In the show, Catherine Zeta-Jones plays a merciless pageant coach from Tulsa, Okla., who is paired with an inexperienced beauty queen (Belle Shouse).
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 & PART 2 (2010 and 2011) 5 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. on USA. By their final installments, darkness had consumed the “Harry Potter” films. See the final two back-to-back in this double feature. “Childhood ends, this time forever, with tears and howls, swirls of smoke, the shock of mortality and bittersweet smiles,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review of Part 2 for The Times. She called the film “deeply satisfying.”
SINKING CITIES 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The final segment of PBS’s four-part climate change series focuses on Miami, where rising sea levels threaten to alter the landscape before the end of the century. The program looks at how engineers and city planners are preparing.
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