In an interview about his recently completed stand-up tour, Making America Great Again!, David Cross explains that he’s had a lot of walkouts. Indeed, about midway through this Netflix special filmed at an April performance in Austin, director Alex Coletti cuts to a shot of one woman striding purposefully up the aisle and out of the theater. Cross has explained that he intentionally took his first stand-up tour in six years to some places likely to be less receptive to his brand of confrontational political comedy than his home bases of Los Angeles or New York. Still, Austin is hardly the hotbed of the kind of conservatism that is Cross’ most consistent target. In the special, Cross expresses incredulity that, at this point, anyone would be unprepared for what he does onstage. (“Oh, hey, Tobias is in town? I didn’t know he told jokes!”) But in Making America Great Again!, Cross takes his signature sardonic outrage to some dark places indeed.
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