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Trace Lysette Jabs Back

Trace Lysette Jabs Back

After Dave Chappelle ‘Punches Down’ in The Dreamer, Trace Lysette Jabs Back On his new Netflix comedy special, The Dreamer, Dave Chappelle wades into familiar territory, making a handful of cracks about the trans community. He admits that he considered material about “handicapped” people instead, “but they’re not as organized as the gays, and I love punching down,” he jokes about his gleeful violation of one of comedy’s cardinal rules. The blows have been returned by Trace Lysette, among Hollywood’s highest-profile trans stars. The Monica actress went viral on TikTok by throwing shade at Chappelle’s fixation: “At this point, it’s giving client. I don’t know what doll hurt Dave Chappelle, I really don’t, but it’s giving disgruntled client. It’s giving angry trick,” she said, suggesting (in a satirical way) that he was somehow burned by a sex worker. In another clip, Lysette points out some alleged makeup mishaps from certain angles of The Dreamer. When Rambling Reporter caught up with Lysette at the BAFTA Tea, she told us the clips are her way of playing his game. …

‘Monica’ review: Trace Lysette deserves an Oscar for this impeccable 2023 drama

‘Monica’ review: Trace Lysette deserves an Oscar for this impeccable 2023 drama

It’s that time of year again: As 2023 comes to a close, critics hype up the year’s very best films. In a year stuffed with sensational cinema, some fantastic movies are bound to get left off lists, with wonderful performances getting overlooked in the bigger awards conversations. Monica, directed by Andrea Pallaoro, is such a film.  One of the best movies of the year, Monica is an intimate, intelligent story about family — and how to survive it in order to become comfortable with ourselves.  In the lead role, Trace Lysette (Transparent) brings Monica to life in a vibrant, endlessly compelling performance. While many films about queer people are about them finding themselves (see But I’m A Cheerleader, Brokeback Mountain, God’s Own Country), Monica has already found herself. It’s up to others to find her. When her estranged mother Eugenia (Patricia Clarkson) gets ill, a heart-wrenching opportunity arises.  Monica left home as a teen and hasn’t been back since. Now an out-and-proud trans woman, she wouldn’t be recognized by anyone she grew up with — …