Demetri Martin reflects on the mundane in his new stand-up special. And “Ronny Chieng: International Student” arrives on the Comedy Central app.
THE OVERTHINKER (2018) on Netflix. The quirky comedian Demetri Martin delivers his signature multimedia stand-up in this new special, armed with a guitar, drawings and plenty of absurd ruminations — not to mention his clever use of voice-over. “The other day I was thinking,” he says in one segment, “I tend to overthink things. And then I thought, ‘Do I though?’” He then ambles across the stage as the supposed voice in his head proceeds to overthink: “Maybe I do. I don’t know. It’s hard to say how much thinking counts as overthinking per se. What’s the threshold?”
ARE WE NOT CATS (2018) on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Shudder, Vudu and YouTube. This romantic horror begins with the anxiety-ridden Eli (Michael Patrick Nicholson) losing his girlfriend, job and home all in the same day. Desperate for a win, he takes up a delivery job in upstate New York where he meets a peculiar hipster named Anya (Chelsea Lopez). The two hit it off, which doesn’t come as a surprise, until we learn that they share a dangerous hair-eating obsession. In his review for The New York Times, Glenn Kenny wrote, “‘Are We Not Cats’ is a well-put-together film with a lot of striking imagery, but, as you may have already inferred, something of a specialty item.”
RONNY CHIENG: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT on CC.com. Ronny Chieng (“The Daily Show,” “Crazy Rich Asians”) stars in this semi-autobiographical comedy series about a Malaysian law student at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Put off by the myriad cliques on campus, Ronny (played by Mr. Chieng, who also created the show) becomes a freethinking outsider among binge-drinkers, trust-fund babies and Asian students who pressure him to be “more Asian.” “International Student” was met with rave reviews when it opened in Australia last year. It makes its debut in the United States with all seven episodes streaming on the Comedy Central app.
FIVE DAYS: THE TRAIN on Acorn TV. The second season of this five-part BBC mini-series revolves around two cases: that of a baby found abandoned in a hospital and that of a young person who commits suicide. The show traces how each story plays out over five nonconsecutive days.
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FRONTLINE: OUR MAN IN TEHRAN 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Tensions between the United States and Iran have soured since President Trump declared he would pull out from a nuclear deal in May. While headlines warn of the repercussions of that decision, this two-night documentary special offers a close look at a different side of Iran. It follows Thomas Erdbrink, a Dutch journalist who has worked in Iran for over a decade and is now the Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times. Along the way, he highlights characters and lifestyles that are at odds with the country’s conservative public image.