Title: Ali Wong: Baby Cobra
Released: 2016

Fix: Doin’ It for the LULZ
Platform: Netflix

Netflix Summary:

Ali Wong’s stand up special delves into her sexual adventures, hoarding, the rocky road to pregnancy, and why feminism is terrible.

FYA Summary:

WAIT, COME BAAAAACK…! Just trust* that I wouldn’t recommend something with a description that includes “why feminism is terrible” without good reason. Anyway, this is Ali Wong, and she’s got jokes!

*Or don’t. I have no power over your actions.

Familiar Faces:

Ali Wong as herself

I wasn’t familiar with Ali’s onscreen work, but she’s a writer on Fresh Off the Boat, aka one of the few shows that I keep up with as it’s airing. Although wholesome family fun time, her personal brand of comedy is nooooooooot. (The dichotomy reminds me of Danny Tanner Bob Saget and Bob Saget the Comic, that type of unexpected filthy humour from someone who’s mostly known for a family show.) And as you can see, Ali’s also stylish af. (Heart-eyes that whole look.)

Couch-Sharing Capability: High

Um, who doesn’t like to laugh? Probably people who don’t share the same sense of humour as you, but I’m going to take the leap that since you’re reading these words on this here website, ours at least align somewhat and I found this hilarious. So watch it with a bunch of like-minded friends, or just use the live audience to pretend that you’re doing so à la this classic tweet.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: With Caution

As with any funny business, the snortworthy potential becomes a concern. A little strategy might be necessary if you’re imbibing.

Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Good

In the hellscape that is our current reality, laughter is a treasured commodity — and Ali Wong is dishing it out in spades. There were a few things that didn’t land with me (incl. one at the beginning, so I’m glad that I stuck with it anyway), but on the whole, this lady is CRUSHING IT. Not just with jokes, but physical comedy, too.** So why not spend an hour getting to know Ali Wong? Baby Cobra will get you hooked and tide you over until her next comedy special, due 2018. (Word choice extremely deliberate, as it’s currently in production and Ali’s pregnant again.)

**Spoiler in the link, but one particular impression was laughing-until-crying WAY TOO REAL.


Mandy (she/her) lives in Edmonton, AB. When she’s not raiding the library for YA books, she enjoys eating ice cream (esp. in cold weather), learning fancy pole dance tricks, and stanning BTS. Mandy has been writing for FYA since 2012, and she oversaw all things FYA Book Club from 2013 to 2023.