A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about building a successful business, representing one's culture, and rooting for others' success.
Positive Role Models
The comedians featured show gratitude, communication, and entrepreneurship.
Focuses on a small but pivotal moment in Black entertainment history, and features interviews with an array of Black comedians and entertainers. Some jokes in the archival footage feature casual misogyny.
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Violence & Scariness
Descriptions of violence, mostly as parts of jokes or funny stories, but also in the retelling of events like the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual humor and body part humor. Some frontal female nudity is featured in archival footage.
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Heavy profanity is used throughout: "f--k," "bitch," "ass," "s--t," etc. There's also frequent use of both "n---a" and the N-word.
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Products & Purchases
Frequent jokes about specific brands.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Interviewees and comedians are sometimes seen smoking cigarettes. Alcohol and drug use are sometimes described or joked about.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Phat Tuesdays is a documentary about a notorious comedy night. Phat Tuesdays began in the mid-'90s at Hollywood's The Comedy Store, and helped launch the careers of many well-known comedians and actors. The documentary focuses on how Phat Tuesdays came to be, why it was important, and what it meant to the Black community in Los Angeles. Archival footage of stand-up comedy is cut together with new interviews, both of which feature jokes about violence, sex, alcohol, and drug use. For fans of stand-up or entertainment history, Phat Tuesdays might serve as an introduction to the careers of two dozen or so underrated comedians and actors.
Is It Any Good?
Talking heads documentaries are about as omnipresent now as stand-up comedy shows were in the mid-'90s; this documentary's joy and enthusiasm sets it apart. Footage from the original Phat Tuesdays comedy night is still fun and entertaining, even (sometimes especially) when the comedy itself doesn't work. And the interviewees' sincere love for the subject allows them to speak on it in a way that is loose and, yes, funny. The documentary makes Phat Tuesdays not only feel like a pivotal moment in entertainment history, but still alive and inspiring in 2022.
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