This is just personal habit of mine, but whenever I’m done watching a comedy special that features more than one comedian, instinctively I arrange them all in my head from least to greatest: In the case of The Original Kings of Comedy: Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley; Blue Collar Comedy Tour: Ron White, Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy, and Bill Engvall; and in the case of Women Who Kill: Amy Schumer, Marina Franklin, Nikki Glaser, and Rachel Feinstein.
Amy Schumer is first up at bat with a raunchy set that covers everything from old people, interracial relations, religion, to being set up. Schumer is quick-witted, full of quips, and she does a great job of interacting up with the crowd; the downside is she rifles through every subject too rapidly, and a few of her quips get lost in the shuffle.
Next up is Rachel Feinstein with a set stock full of several different impressions, not famous people but imitations of ordinary people that she’s met. Her impressions are pretty funny, but after while it becomes a bit grating and slightly annoying. Feinstein proves herself be very sassy at the beginning when she describes her trip to Vegas but declines when talking about sensitive men. However she does manage to pick up momentum again towards the end of her set when relaying the types of pickup lines she has heard men use.
Nikki Glaser is third in line; she proves to be just as witty as Schumer, but their acts tend to be too similar. I will say that Glaser secured herself as the more raunchy of the two as she describes her experiences with dirty talk and sending dirty pictures. The immaturity level of her routine is the core of what makes it funny during subjects about practical jokes during Amber alerts and situations that arose in her life from what she describe as the dangers of your cell phone autocorrecting your message.
Last but certainly not least was Marina Franklin. Of the four, she was the most recognizable one for me from her brief stint on The Chappelle Show. Marina comes out strong with subjects about the difficulty of finding a guy and her experiences with less than desirable men as well as her new status as a Cougar (or a Black Panther as she calls it). She keeps the energy up throughout her set as she talks about the performing in different countries and how the crowds respond differently in each country.
Overall the special is decent and enjoyable but too brief; it just seemed like that each of the women were just warming up as their set came to an end. The crowd seemed responsive to each comedy, but I just would have liked to have seen more of each comedian, just to see if the ones that had a high level of response and energy from the crowd could have maintained it for an extended period of time (which is the mark of a true comedian), and whether or not the ones that lose some steam could have succeeded in pulling back from the edge. I suppose the best way to describe Women Who Kill is that it leaves you wanting just a little more.