Michael McDonald of Mad TV relative fame has a decent enough stand- up comedy special titled Model Citizen airing May 19th at 9 p.m. on The Comedy Network as part of the Saturday Night Stand-Up series. A much better bet is J.B. Smoove That’s How I Dooz It May 26th at 9 reviewed here.
McDonald is a garden variety comic who does a lot of disconnected short biographical and observational bits. He reminded me of a middle act who keeps hoping one or two of his many bits will stick. They don’t.
His material includes reality shows and the people on them, what it’s like to be a comic and say the wrong thing, old people, being pro pot and terrorists, Christmas letters, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and so on.
McDonald’s inability to build anything close to a set eventually wears on the viewer who feels like he is watching a not particularly good collection of not really hits.