What's New on Amazon Prime Video

The best of what's new on Prime Video

With new Amazon Prime shows and movies coming out every month, it can be challenging to keep up with what's new on Prime Video. Amazon's streaming service includes a mix of classic movies and TV shows as well as original Amazon films and series. We rounded up the best things to watch on Prime Video in a variety of categories to help you put together your watch list.

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Flack (2019): Best Dramedy About Life in the Social Media Age

Anna Paquin in Flack

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 7.0

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Anna Paquin, Lydia Wilson, Rebecca Benson

Created By: Oliver Lansley

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

Flack is a British show about an American woman working for a public relations firm in the U.K. Robyn (Anna Paquin) specializes in helping rich celebrities salvage their floundering reputations, yet she's struggling to keep a lid on some serious secrets of her own.

Led by a strong female cast, Flack explores the pitfalls of living in the social media age where all eyes are on everyone at all times.

All of the first season is now available on Prime Video. The second season, which aired in the U.K. in 2020, will drop in North America later this year.

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Coming 2 America (2021)

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in Coming 2 America

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 5.6

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley

Director: Craig Brewer

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 110 minutes

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall fans will love this sequel that finds the African monarch Akeem returning to America to build a relationship with the son and heir he didn't know he had.

It's not really the best work for Murphy and Hall but the plot line isn't terrible, and they do a decent job with what they have to work with. If you're feeling nostalgic for the 1980s, you might as well curl up with some buttery popcorn and get a few giggles in.

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Sonic The Hedgehog (2020): Longest Awaited Video Game Movie

Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 6.5

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey

Director: Jeff Fowler

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 99 minutes

Although several popular cartoon series have starred Sonic, fans had been waiting for nearly three decades to see their favorite blue hedgehog on the big screen. They almost got what they asked for in 2019, but the movie was famously delayed because of negative fan reactions to Sonic's appearance in the trailer.

Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) looks just like his classic 1990s design, and Jim Carrey is the perfect pick to play his archnemesis, Dr. Robotnik. While it wasn't quite what everyone wanted, Sonic The Hedgehog holds the distinction of being the highest-grossing video game movie ever in the U.S.

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Bliss (2021): Best Drug Induced Love Story

Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek in Bliss

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 5.3

Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Starring: Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek, Nesta Cooper

Director: Mike Cahill

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 103 minutes

A down-on-his-luck divorcee named Greg (Owen Wilson) has a turn of fortunes when he meets a homeless woman, Isabel (Salma Hayek), who tells him that their world is a simulation. With the help of little yellow powder, Greg gains the ability to manipulate reality.

What's real, what's an illusion, and what's the difference? You might not have answers to those questions when the credits roll, but the ride is fun nonetheless. Wilson and Hayek are a highly likable duo, making this strange sci-fi love story worth sitting through.

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Mortal (2020): Best Modern-Day Fairy Tale Inspired by Norse Mythology

Nat Wolff in Mortal

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 5.8

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Starring: Nat Wolff, Priyanka Bose, Iben Akerlie

Director: André Øvredal

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 104 minutes

Mortal is a modern-day Norse myth about a man named Eric (Nat Wolff) whose god-like powers pose a danger to everyone around him. After being detained by police, a psychologist named Christine (Iben Arkelie) is brought in to help him keep control of his paranormal abilities.

While Mortal isn't a superhero origins story, it certainly feels like one at some points, so fans of that genre will probably enjoy the ride. The film is Norwegian, but all of the actors speak English, so you don't have to worry about reading subtitles.

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Jessy and Nessy (2020): Best Educational Show for Kids

Sophie Feldman in Jessy and Nessy

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 7.0

Genre: Animation, Family

Starring: Jamie Buchanan, Sophie Feldman, Alexa Bauer

Created By: Chris Dicker

TV Rating: TV-G

Number of Seasons: 2

Like Blue's Clues before it, Jessy & Nessy combines learning and fun with a mix of live-action and animation. Using her magic "inspectacles," Jessy (Sophie Feldman) travels to a secret world where she and her prehistoric pal Nessy set out to answer the big questions in life, like "Why do we have hiccups?" and "Where does the moon go all day?"

The first season of Jessy & Nessy received the coveted Parents' Choice Award for its educational content. Most of the lessons focus on science, but many also touch on interpersonal skills like how to comfort a friend who is sad. The episodes are short enough to keep kids' attention, and they'll learn at least one new thing along the way.

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The Wilds (2020): Best Adventure Series for Young Adults With a Strong Female Cast

The cast of The Wilds

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 7.0

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery

Starring: Rachel Griffiths, Sophia Ali, Shannon Berry

Created By: Sarah Streicher

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

After surviving a plane crash, a group of young women must rely on each other to survive on a seemingly uninhabited island. However, it was not by chance that they were brought together. What at first glance seems like an all-girls version of Lord of the Flies turns out to be something even more sinister.

With its dystopian sci-fi themes, The Wilds is more in the vein of The Hunger Games and Battle Royale. Even though the plotlines can get far-fetched, the characters and performances are believable. A healthy mix of wacky and serious moments make The Wilds a fun show for parents and teens to watch together.

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Yearly Departed (2020): Best Comedy Special for the New Year

The cast of Yearly Departed (2020)

Amazon

IMDb Rating: Not Yet Rated

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Rachel Brosnahan, Sarah Silverman, Tiffany Haddish

Director: Linda Mendoza

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 60 minutes

Most of us can agree that the year 2020 was one of the strangest years in recent memory. In Yearly Departed, seven women come together to give a socially-distanced eulogy to the end of the decade. Host Phoebe Robinson rounds out an all-star cast of comedians that includes Natasha Leggero, Ziwe Fumudoh, and Natasha Rothwell.

Topics range from the political to the absurd, and if you've ever seen any of these women perform stand-up, you know what to expect. The jokes are raunchy, but this holiday special is ultimately uplifting and provides some much-needed laughs for the new year.

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Small Axe (2020): Best British Anthology Series About Immigrant Communities

Small Axe on Amazon Prime Video

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 8.2

Genre: Drama

Starring: John Boyega, Sheyi Cole, Shaun Parkes

Created By: Steve McQueen

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Small Axe is a BBC movie anthology series directed by Steve McQueen. Each film is a standalone, feature-length story that explores the struggles of London's West Indian community through the 1960s to 1980s. For example, Mangrove is about the real-life Mangrove Nine, a group of protestors who were illegally detained by London police in 1970. 

Several of the individual films were screened individually at various film festivals and earned universal acclaim from critics thanks to their strong performances and directing. The title of the series comes from a Bob Marley song of the same name.

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The Expanse (2015): Best Alternative to Stars Trek and Star Wars

The Expanse promo

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 8.5

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Starring: Steven Strait, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham

Created By: Daniel Abraham, Mark Fergus, Ty Franck

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 6

In the distant future, humans have conquered space and inhabit all corners of the solar system. Unfortunately, we are still terrible at getting along, so Earth and its neighbors are perpetually on the brink of armed conflict. It's up to a rag-tag group of individuals from different parts of the solar system to prevent an all-out war.

Like the book series it was inspired by, the show has an extremely dedicated following. When The Expanse was canceled by the Syfy Network in 2018, fans revolted and petitioned multiple streaming networks to pick up the show, so Amazon swooped in and made it a Prime Video exclusive series.

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Uncle Frank (2020): Best Gay-Themed 70s Road Trip Movie

Oscar Isaac in Uncle Frank

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 6.5

Genre: Drama

Starring: Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi

Director: Alan Ball

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 95 minutes

When the family patriarch passes away, Frank (Paul Bettany) must travel from New York to South Carolina with his niece Beth (Sophia Lillis) to attend the funeral. To Beth's surprise, Frank's boyfriend tags along, raising everyone's anxiety about how the rest of the family will react.

Uncle Frank takes place in the 1970s and addresses the hardships of being gay at that time. There are some intense moments, but also some heart-warming ones. The movie took home the Public Prize at the 2020 Deauville American Film Festival, where it was a hit with critics.

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The Pack (2020): Best Extreme Sports Show for Dog Lovers

Dogs and their owners on a snowy mountain in The Pack

Amazon 

IMDb Rating: 6.3

Genre: Reality-TV

Starring: Lindsey Vonn, Mitra Najibeh Yosri, Lucy Riles

Created By: Amazon Studios

TV Rating: TV-Y7

Number of Seasons: 1

Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, accompanied by her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Lucy, hosts this competitive show that pits human and canine duos against each other in a cross-continental race. Teams compete in various challenges for a half-a-million-dollar grand prize.

The participating dogs received care and supervision from experienced veterinarians to ensure their safety throughout the filming of the show. As part of a promotional campaign, Amazon gave $250,000 to charities that focus on dogs, and the winner gets $250,000 to donate to any charity that helps animals.

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Time (2020): Best Documentary About Love and the Criminal Justice System

Fox and Rob Rich in Time

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IMDb Rating: 7.3

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Rob Rich II, Fox Rich, Freedom Rich

Director: Garrett Bradley

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 81 minutes

Composed of home video footage and original interviews, Time documents the relationship between Fox Rich and her husband Rob, who is serving a 60-year prison sentence in Louisiana. The movie provides a critique of the American penal system while celebrating the enduring bonds of love and family.

Time director Garrett Bradley became the first African American woman to win a Directing Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival for a documentary. The film won several accolades, including the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award at the 2020 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

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Truth Seekers (2020): Best British Paranormal Comedy Show

The cast of Truth Seekers

 Amazon Prime Video

IMDb Rating: 7.1

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Starring: Emma D'Arcy, Nick Frost, Samson Kayo

Created By: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, James Serafinowicz, and Nat Saunders

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

Truth Seekers is a British horror-comedy series about a ragtag team of amateur ghost hunters who travel the U.K. in search of paranormal phenomena to document for their online audience. Their misadventures lead to the discovery of a massive conspiracy that poses an existential threat to their YouTube channel.

While it may sound like a simple parody of TV shows like Ghosthunters, the horror elements are strong enough for Truth Seekers to stand out on its own. The first two episodes of Truth Seekers were screened at the CannesSeries Festival a few weeks ahead of the official Amazon Prime debut on October 30, 2020.

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Halal Love Story (2020): Best Irreverent Religious Satire

Halal Love Story promo image

Amazon Studios 

IMDb Rating: 6.4

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Parvathy Thiruvothu, Soubin Shahir, Joju George

Director: Zakariya Mohammed

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 110 minutes

In Halal Love Story, a team of young Muslim filmmakers is tasked with creating a film that adheres to the strict rules of their particular religious group. It turns out to be more challenging than they anticipated, resulting in some spectacular situational humor.

Despite its religious themes, Halal Love Story is neither an endorsement nor a critique of any religion. Instead, it pokes fun at the moral contradictions present in all cultures. It's worth a watch if you don't mind reading subtitles.

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The Boys (2019): Best Superheroes Fighting Corrupt Superheroes Series

The cast of The Boys on Amazon Prime Video

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IMDb Rating: 8.7

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime

Starring: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr

Created By: Eric Kripke

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

Netflix has The Umbrella Academy, and Amazon has The Boys. The latter is about a team of superhero vigilantes who fight corruption in their ranks. Sound familiar? The Boys isn't particularly original, but it's still fun to watch.

In fact, the first episode of The Boys got 8 million views within the first 10 days of its release, making it one of Amazon's most successful original series. Praise from audiences and critics resulted in the show getting renewed for a second season in 2020.

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All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020): Best Political Documentary for Election Year

Stacey Abrams in All In: The Fight for Democracy

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 6.0

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Stacey Abrams, Debo Adegbile, Jayla Allen

Director: Lisa Cortes, Liz Garbus

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 102 minutes

All In: The Fight for Democracy explores the history of voter suppression in the U.S. The film features Stacey Abrams, Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia in 2018. After narrowly losing in an election marred by controversy, Abrams started Fair Fight Action, an election monitoring organization that advocates for voting rights.

Unfortunately, the movie didn't get the theatrical release it deserves, but it's coming to Amazon Prime Video just in time for election season. It might make you mad, but it'll motivate you to update your voter registration.

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Utopia (2020): Best Amazon Original Conspiracy-Theory Secret Society Series

Promotional image for Utopia on Amazon Prime Video

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 6.2

Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery

Starring: Desmin Borges, Dan Byrd, John Cusack

Created By: Gillian Flynn

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Utopia is a new show about government conspiracies, secret organizations, and saving the world. When some comic book fans get their hands on a graphic novel that supposedly predicts the future, they become targets of the Network, a sinister secret society that wants to destroy them.

Utopia is an American adaptation of the 2013 British series by the same name. The original show, which ran for two seasons, won several Royal Television Society Awards and an International Emmy for Best Drama Series.

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Gemini Man (2019): Best Will Smith Trying to Kill Himself Action Movie

Will Smith in Gemini Man

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IMDb Rating: 5.7

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Starring: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen

Director: Ang Lee

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 117 minutes

A retired hitman (Will Smith) finds himself the target of an unlikely assassin: his younger self. This fast-paced action flick uses groundbreaking de-aging technology to bring two Will Smith's to the screen at once.

Despite being a bomb at the box office, Gemini Man drew praise for its performances and special effects. The movie was even nominated for a few Visual Effects Society Awards.

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Comrade Detective (2017): Best Bingeworthy Buddy Cop Show Propaganda

Promotional image for Comrade Detective

 Amazon

IMDb Rating: 7.3

Genre: Action, Comedy

Starring: Channing Tatum, Florin Piersic Jr., Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Created By: Brian Gatewood

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Comrade Detective presents itself as a "found footage" television show from communist Romania. Following the tropes of American buddy cop films, detectives Gregor Anghel (Florin Piersic Jr./Channing Tatum) and Iosif Baci (Corneliu Ulici/Joseph Gordon-Levitt) team up to thwart capitalist influences in their country.

Comrade Detective has received praise for its social commentary on the nature of propaganda. Although the show is filmed with Romanian actors, the dialogue is dubbed in English by an all American cast.

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Undercover (2016): Best Binge-in-a-Weekend British Crime Drama Mini-Series

Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester in Undercover

 BBC

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Starring: Sophie Okonedo, Adrian Lester, Daniel Ezra

Created By: Peter Moffat

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

Undercover is a BBC mini-series about an attorney named Maya Cobbina (Sophie Okonedo) who works to overturn wrongful convictions. Unbeknownst to Maya, her undercover cop husband (Adrian Lester) is hiding a terrible secret that could end both of their careers.

Undercover features strong performances and clever writing that explores race relations and the criminal justice system in the U.K. There are only six episodes, so you can watch the whole series in a weekend.

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The Tick (2018): Best Off-Beat Superhero Satire

Peter Serafinowicz and Griffin Newman stand atop a building in The Tick.

 Amazon

IMDb Rating: 7.4

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Valorie Curry

Created By: Ben Edlund

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

In this live-action reboot of the classic 90s cartoon, everyone's favorite parody superhero, The Tick (Peter Serafinowicz), and his sidekick Arthur (Griffin Newman) join forces to clean up the criminal underbelly in their city. The Tick's creator, Ben Edlund, serves as an executive producer.

Unlike other modern superhero stories, The Tick doesn't take itself too seriously. The show debuted to near-universal positive reviews, which is why it's heartbreaking that the show wasn't renewed for a third season on Amazon.

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World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji (2020): Most Intense Suvivialist Game Show Ever

World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji promo image

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 7.9

Genre: Adventure, Reality-TV

Starring: Bear Grylls, Melissa Coombes, Gretchen Evans

Created By: MGM Television

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

One of the most ambitious game shows ever produced, the original Eco-Challenge series ran from 1995 to 2002. Like all good things from that era, it's been rebooted by Amazon for 2020.

World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji features 66 teams from around the globe in a non-stop competition to make it from one side of the archipelago to the other. Without the luxury of smartphones or GPS devices, they must climb, bike, and paddleboard their way to the finish line in hopes of winning $100,000. Even if you're not usually a fan of survivalist shows, this one may be worth watching just for the breathtaking scenery.

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Chemical Hearts (2020): Best New Teen Drama for Hopeless Romantics

Chemical Hearts Amazon originbal movie promo image

 Amazon

IMDb Rating: 6.4

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams, Sarah Jones

Director: Richard Tanne

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 93 minutes

Chemical Hearts is an Amazon original movie based on Krystal Sutherland's romance novel Our Chemical Hearts. The story follows a shy teenage boy named Henry (Austin Abrams) who has a crush on the new girl in school (Lili Reinhart). When the two students become partners editing the school newspaper, their working relationship turns personal and painful.

Chemical Hearts a sweet story about first love that will tug at the heartstrings of young adults and the young at heart. The film isn't groundbreaking, but it's well-acted and has received positive reviews from audiences and critics.

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The Salesman (2017): Best Emotionally-Charged, Foreign Language Thriller

The Salesman promotional image

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IMDb Rating: 7.8

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Starring: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Mina Sadati

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 124 minutes

This Persian-language movie starts out as a story about a married couple (Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti) co-starring in a stage production of Authur Miller's Death of a Salesman. When the wife is assaulted, their relationship is upended.

The Salesman received international praise, winning an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and two Cannes Film Festival awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actor. The Salesman is a must-watch for fans of emotionally charged thrillers, so long as you don't mind reading subtitles.

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Clifford the Big Red Dog (2019): Best Reboot of a Classic Kid's Franchise

Clifford in Clifford the Big Red Dog on Amazon Prime Video

 Amazon

IMDb Rating: 5.9

Genre: Animation, Family

Starring: Hannah Levinson, Adam Sanders, Jenna Weir

Created By: Deborah Forte

TV Rating: TV-Y

Number of Seasons: 3

Speaking of reboots, the latest iteration of Clifford the Big Red Dog is now on Prime Video. Nine-year-old Emily (Hannah Levinson) and her talking dog Clifford (Adam Sanders) are back having adventures and raising eyebrows in their small town of Birdwell Island.

The stories are simple and made for small kids. While they don't teach skills like reading or math, they do model good values like friendship and honesty. The flash animation may lack the charm of Norman Bridwell's original illustrations, but the show stays true to the style and spirit of the famous children's books.

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Gina Brillon: The Floor is Lava (2020): Best Inspirational Stand-Up Comedy Special

Gina Brillon: The Floor is Lava promotional image

 Amazon

IMDb Rating: 5.4

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Gina Brillion

Director: Brian Volk-Weiss

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 60 minutes

The Floor is Lava is Gina Brillon's first standup comedy special exclusively for Amazon Prime Video. The 2012 winner of NBC's Standup For Diversity competition in 2012, you may recognize Brillon from her recurring roles in The Conners and Kevin Can Wait.

In her special, Brillon reflects on growing up poor in the Bronx and her subsequent move to the midwest. The jokes are funny, but the comic's story is also inspirational. The set concludes with a powerful appeal to human kindness and a call for greater equality for all.

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