Best of 2022: Sheng Wang, Sweet and Juicy

20 Dec

Sheng Wang’s debut Netflix special, “Sweet and Juicy”, was an unexpected delight for me this year. I didn’t keep it to myself- I told everyone I knew about it- and I’m happy to say that several told me that they watched the special themselves and laughed (or so they told me, but I believe it). I don’t even remember how I heard about it! Something prompted me to search for this on Netflix, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve now watched it three times. And I’d watch it again.

What makes it stand out in a sea of stand-up comedy specials? It’s not mean-spirited. It’s quirky- you didn’t think there was humor in cookie sheets, oh but there is. I don’t think you have to be familiar with Mitch Hedberg to appreciate Sheng Wang’s low-key, observational, one-liner style. But if you are a fan of Mitch Hedberg, you’ll really enjoy Sheng Wang. Just like Hedberg found the humor in random, everyday situations, so too does Wang, mining mammograms, office printing, and a snoring father for unexpected guffaws. I giggle thinking of Wang’s description of taking advantage of yearly health-care deductibles (“getting sick in December is for losers”). For being an unexpected find, a one-hour source of happiness and humor, and a gift you can share with just about everyone, I loved “Sweet and Juicy” by Sheng Wang. I can’t wait for him to come to the Bay Area.

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