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Aliens of Extraordinary Ability

Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Learning about flotsam and jetsam.

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About the Creator and Performer

Maeve Higgins is a contributing writer for The New York Times and the host of the hit podcast Maeve in America: Immigration IRL. She is a comedian who has performed all over the world, and co-hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk, and has appeared on 2 Dope Queens and Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me. Her critically acclaimed essay collection Maeve in America has been featured in People, Good Housekeeping, Refinery29, and more. Maeve co-hosts the climate justice podcast Mothers of Invention with Mary Robinson.

About the Creator

Shaina Feinberg is a filmmaker from New York City. Her six-part series, Dinette, was produced by BRIC Arts Media and premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. It has played queer festivals around the world and was shouted out by Pulitzer Prize-winning TV writer Emily Nussbaum in The New Yorker. Shaina’s second feature—the award-winning film, Senior Escort Service, blends nonfiction and fiction and is a comedic meditation on grief. In June 2019, Shaina was named 1 of 25 filmmakers on the rise by Indiewire.

About the Performer

Cristela Alonzo made history in 2014 when she became the first Latina to create, produce, and star in her own network sitcom, Cristela, for ABC. During that same year, she split her time between LA and NYC to serve as one of ABC’s favorite guest hosts on their hit daytime talk show, The View. In 2017, Cristela made history again when she became the first Latina lead in a Disney Pixar film when she voiced the part of Cruz Ramirez in Cars 3. Her first stand-up special, Lower Classy, is available on Netflix. Cristela’s memoir, Music to My Years, will be released by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

About the Performer

Award-winning actress and producer Alysia Reiner is best known as Natalie "Fig" Figueroa on Netflix’s series Orange Is The New Black, for which she won an ensemble Screen Actor Guilds award. Reiner joined the cast of HBO’s The Deuce in season 2 and has a reoccurring. You can see her in all 3 seasons of FX’s critically acclaimed Peabody Award-winning Better Things. Her motherhood dark-comedic feature, Egg, which she produced and stars in with Christina Hendricks and Anna Camp premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

About the Performer

Cole Escola, a comedian, actor, and writer, was named one of the 2014 OUT100 and Time Out New York's Top Ten Downtown Cabaret Performers. Cole played Matthew on Hulu’s Difficult People, where he also served as a writer. He played Chris on Man Seeking Woman on FXX, and recurred on the Netflix series Girl Boss, Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle and the truTV series At Home With Amy Sedaris, for which he is also a staff writer. Cole wrote on the Broadway Video series The Other Two for Comedy Central. He was also the co-creator, writer, and star of the lo-fi cult-hit television show, Jeffrey and Cole Casserole. Other TV appearances include Nurse Jackie, Law & Order, and Smash. He originated the role of Bridget Everett's fetus in Rock Bottom for The Public Theater in a performance Variety referred to as "heroic." His sketch comedy show, The First Gay President sold out every performance and generated buzz and praise from the likes of Paper Magazine and Lena Dunham. Cole most recently ran his wildly popular solo show, Quick! Pretend I’m Asleep!, across the country.

About the Performer

Karim Nematt is an Arab-American actor based in New York. He graduated from Pace University School of Performing Arts in 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. He has appeared in such films as Mossad, Gap Year, and The Jar.

About the Performer

Carlos Ibarra is an actor, writer, director, and producer. He has appeared in various film, television, national commercials, and theater productions. Selected television credits include The Good Cop, Adam Ruins Everything, and Dora the Explorer. Carlos holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University's Tisch School of Arts. He is an avid runner and successfully ran across America in 2015, making him the first Latino to complete this feat.

About the Performer

A scion of Haitian musical royalty, Paul has spent his life living to the beat. Son of the Grammy-nominated band Boukman Eksperyans, his earliest memories are of rhythm and sound. Moving to New York as a youth, he was inspired by his heritage to begin crafting a sound all his own. Constantly aware of his roots, the struggle of an immigrant and the drive of New York life, Paul began to create a path where music, activism, and history meet. Paul has played alongside some of the world's best artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, Arcade Fire, Jackson Browne, and Bob Weir.

Summary

"A funny and moving story of immigrants, beautifully written, at a time when it's needed the most." - Jon Ronson

Funny, sad and brilliantly human, this timely original series follows five friends – lovable but sometimes infuriating - as they make a life for themselves in New York City. The tie that binds them? They are all immigrants, struggling to find their place in an increasingly hostile America.  

Sadie, fresh from her small hometown in Ireland tries out for the elusive O1 visa – meaning she has three months to prove she is an ‘alien of extraordinary ability.’ She joins a collective called ‘Nature Fans’, whose members are also on a clock, all trying to figure out how to stay in the country. Together they alternately fight and work the system, growing close in the process.  

Brother and sister Rodrigo and Erika are from a mixed status family and have wonderful and busy lives in NYC. Rodrigo, desperate not to go back to Mexico but sick of living in the shadows, gets politically active. Tam is smart, handsome and Haitian, when he finds out he’s about to lose his legal status, he uses his charm to find a marriage to save him. Mazen, the loveliest Lyft driver you’re likely to meet, awaits his asylum interview and tries to forget about his life back in Syria, only to discover that he needs to stay connected or his heart will break.  

The stakes couldn’t be higher – an adventure story, a love story, a story of borders and the people who cross them - can they stay in this country they call home?

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timely, funny and heart-wrenching

this immigration-themed ensemble piece is entertaining and moves so swiftly. I particularly enjoyed the performance of the actress playing Sadie, who is also one of the writers I believe. charming and witty, but sometimes insensitive and very flawed, she's one of those female central character you wish there were more of...

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Such a good show!

This is so good. Funny, sad, touching.
The characters are so real. You get drawn in by them and they bring this difficult subject right home in a simple and effective way.
Well worth a listen.

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Spectacular

I loved it. Well created storyline, engaging and with a clear focus on characterisation.

Narrators were excellent and really elevated the overall story with convincing performances.

I can't believe it's free!

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Absolutely bloody brilliant

I binged this entire series in a few hours I could not stop listening! As an Irish person who used to live in the US and dealt with the struggle of visas this is brilliant. Even if you haven’t a personal connection it is so accurate on today’s times and really gives an accurate insight into the life of immigrants. MUST MUST MUST LISTEN!

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Aliens of Extraordinary Ability

love it. humor even though it is a serious topic. funny and to the point.

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Insanely Moving

This production is a must listen. I felt every character with visceral connectivity. The storylines are more than fiction because the climate of xenophobia, racism and the indifference misinformed by fear is at fever pitch now.

It's all very emotional on various levels. I recommend this production. Prepare to feel like you are a part of the conversation that will not stop.

I found it all insanely moving.

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10 stars if it was possibe

I loved this story from start to finish. loved every character and storyline. It is realky entertaining and addresses many contemporary issues. It should be compulsory listening for all

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