On a pretty big night for comedy fans that included the HBO premiere of Pete Holmes’s “Crashing”, Roy Wood Jr.’s Comedy Central special “Father Figure” exploded onto social media. Woods is a veteran stand-up known more commonly for his segments on “The Daily Show”, and it’s the satirical show that fueled an interesting problem within Wood; he credits “The Daily Show” for expanding his writing past jokes and punchlines to considering what he’s really saying with his comedy, but also the segments aren’t long enough to say everything he wants to say. “Father Figure” is the Southerner’s first hour comedy special and while it’s broadly intended as a love letter to his infant son, it’s a hilarious mixture of observational comedy and racial insights into something empowering and enlightening, depending on where you fit along America’s racial spectrum.
This is a long way of saying that “Father Figure” is exactly what a great deal of America has been craving, and Twitter was on board for the ride.
— T to the I to the M (@ShinTakuma77) February 20, 2017
Q. What is your favourite song?
A. Roy Woods_Why
— OdysseyRushSZN 💦💞 (@iAmNathanQ_Jr) December 3, 2016
— Kat Fitzpatrick (@KatFitzpatrick) February 20, 2017
"People won't shut the hell up about their wedding but their divorce is none of your business." #Fatherfigure HAHAAH
— M’BlockU (@rodimusprime) February 20, 2017
— April (@ReignOfApril) February 20, 2017
It was just an awesome night of appreciation from fans and Wood alike. Congratulations to Roy Wood Jr. on a great debut.