Paul Elliott’s review published on Letterboxd:
John Mulaney's latest stand-up special, Baby J, is a triumph of precision and relatability. Mulaney, who has been doing stand-up comedy for over a decade, brings his A-game with a hilarious opening monologue that sets the tone for the rest of the show. The special begins with Mulaney already on stage, telling a story about his childhood and how he craved attention from his peers. This sets up the rest of the show, which sees Mulaney delve into more personal territory, including his recent stay in rehab and the intervention that led him there. One of the things that make Baby J so great is Mulaney's ability to make the audience feel both empathetic and entertained at the same time. He structures the special with precision, seamlessly transitioning between jokes and more serious moments.
One of the standout moments of the special is when Mulaney spots a kid in the crowd and tells him and the audience, "The things I talk about tonight that I did recently, just don’t." It's a hilarious reminder that stand-up comedy isn't always kid-friendly, and Mulaney's ability to make light of the situation is a testament to his skill as a comedian. Another highlight of the special is Mulaney's ability to make the audience feel like they're part of his life. He talks about famous people who helped with his intervention, including Pete Davidson and Nick Krull, and unpacks the entire experience with humour and insight. Mulaney's ability to weave his personal experiences into his comedy is remarkable. It's what makes Baby J so entertaining. It's a must-watch for fans of stand-up comedy, especially those who enjoy a mix of humour and introspection.