To say August is a TV desert is to illustrate just how quickly this era of Peak TV has changed the television landscape. Sure, there aren’t as many new and returning series premiering in August as there were in April or May. But I had no trouble finding ten reasons to get excited about TV this month: Between Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick adaption, the return of You’re the Worst, and the release of the first six episodes of Baz Luhrmann’s hip-hop series The Get Down, you’ll have plenty of excuses to stay indoors this month. Your brain needs exercise, too right? Right?! Right.
August 5: Make America Laugh Again
“So I was jerking off this morning to the Statue of Liberty… That usually gets a standing ovation. Alright, whatever.” If you missed your chance to catch David Cross’s “Making America Great Again!” standup tour this summer, you can watch his set from Austin, Texas’s Paramount Theatre in a Netflix special this month. Cross is best known for his slightly surreal brand of comedy, exemplified by the ’90s cult classic series Mr. Show, but he’s also got a trove of raw, provocative political standup material. Check it out this Friday on Netflix.