This article originally appeared in The Daily Dot
By Greg Seals
Comedian Chelsea Peretti’s Netflix special, “One of the Greats,” is filled with plenty of one-off surprises for viewers. From an audience that’s been bored to sleep by her comedy to dogs inexplicably filling the seats of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, there are truly some bizarre yet hilarious things going on here.
While the random childhood photos of the comedian that antagonizes her throughout the performance are strange, the most surprising thing is the absence of Kanye West as Peretti takes the stage for her hour-long special. As a self-proclaimed “direct vessel of God” and a lover of hip-hop, Yeezy’s “I Am A God” seems like it would have been a natural fit for the occasion. Perhaps even for “One of the Greats,” West’s licensing fees were too steep.
But don’t mistake her ironic hubris for sincerity, for to do so would undermine the true message of her stand-up, which focuses on matters of the ego and self-esteem. Only minutes into her set, Peretti begins dismantling the overconfidence society can instill in a person as she imagines how gratifying it would be to wake up a man. “My fantasy of what it’s like to be a guy is you just wake up in the morning and your eyes open and you’re like, ‘I’m awesome!’” she belts onstage in her best baritone.
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