Directed by Raúl Campos and Félix de Valdivia, Carlos Ballarta False Prophet stars famous Mexican stand-up comedian Carlos Ballarta himself. This sixty-three minutes long Mexican stand-up comedy is playfully provocative, questioning age-old traditional views on society, culture and even religion. Netflix sure did a fine job of bringing witty stand-up comedy back in vogue!
Netflix’s description of Carlos Ballarta False Prophet says,
Mexican comic Carlos Ballarta is back, and this time, he’s using his sharp black humor to challenge cultural and religious views from Latin America.
– Carlos Ballarta False Prophet review does not contain spoilers –
If the name Carlos Ballarta has failed to ring a bell, worry not! A stand-up comedian from Mexico, Carlos Ballarta became famous after going viral because of his harsh criticism of Roberto Gómez Bolaños’ Spirit and this criticism famously did not sit well with netizens who were fans of the late actor who had won people with his show, El Chavo del 8. In 2020. Ballarta was then invited by Louis CK to open one of his shows at the Metropolitan Theater in Mexico.
In an interview recently he spoke at length about his thoughts before writing this stand-up performance. He mentioned, “It’s kind of a way that I see my generation as millennials, it’s like a way of referring to ourselves. I make jokes about it of the positive and negative things that my generation has and my name is a way of discovering very well the millennials in this age.”
This Mexican stand-up comedian sure doesn’t waver from the trending patterns followed by almost every comedian today. Whether it’s Vir Das from India or Haroun from France or even Carlos Ballarta from Mexico, stand-up comedians are using the stage as a satirical instrument of criticism – more and more comedians are presenting their honest views on society, religion and culture under the garb of humour, resonating with the younger generation in a way that has never been seen before.
Ballarta is no different. He uses the stage as his platform and paints a real picture of Latin America for his audience and thanks to Netflix, the world can see the picture too! Ballarta’s humour is a heartfelt combination of sharp quick wit and a charming personality, that leaves you laughing at the sheer irony in his playful stand-up comedy.
What I loved most about Ballarta’s performance is how relatable he makes it for our generation. Ballarta presents a clear sketch of the old versus the new and all the concerns of the postmodern world under the garb of comedy making Carlos Ballarta False Prophet worth a watch if you have been sad lately with the world. However, he does make me laugh but there are certain parts within his performance that can appear to be monotonous. Also, if you have no clue about life in Latin America, you might just feel a little lost at times during Ballarta’s thought-provoking performance.
Summing Up: Carlos Ballarta False Prophet
Do you enjoy watching stand-up comedy? Do you love performers who are not afraid to be honest and funny on stage? If you are nodding your head right now then this definitely deserves a watch. This Mexican stand-up comedian is not just funny – he is intelligent too!
Carlos Ballarta: False Prophet is streaming on Netflix.