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Sarah Silverman (left) and Tiffany Haddish bookend the comedy special Yearly Departed

Don’t let the door hit you in the ass. That’s the way most of us feel about 2020.

In Yearly Departed, the hated year gets a funnier and slightly more thoughtful sendoff. A group of female comics deliver a series of “eulogies” that reveal feelings ranging from relief to regret—relief that 2020 is over and regret over some of the things it and its pandemic stole from us.

Tiffany Haddish leads off with one of the funnier bits, a mournful farewell to casual sex. “Casual sex was my rock,” she says tearfully, remembering how much comfort it brought her when, for example, she had a bad night at the comedy club. She adds that the loss is even harder when she goes out in public and realizes how sexy men are when they’re wearing masks and standing 6 feet away.   

Natasha Rothwell invokes the Black Lives Matter movement when she satirically (and probably prematurely) mourns the loss of TV cop shows. Given all that’s happened, she says, it’s just too hard to believe dramas in which the police actually solve crimes and treat everybody equally.

In a wider-ranging take on racial politics, Ziwe speaks of a year when beige Band-Aids were no longer considered the norm; when Aunt Jemima and other stereotypical icons disappeared; and when apologizing became a national pastime, particularly among white people.

Taking a lighter approach, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan talks about an article of clothing that has become largely superfluous thanks to the pandemic: pants. They were a mixed blessing anyway, she claims, noting that they offered women more freedom but were often so tight that they cut off the blood supply to their brains.

A couple of the comics share comments that will mean the most to those heavily into social media. Patti Harrison says goodbye to “rich-girl Instagram influencers,” while Natasha Leggero skewers the type of self-centered individual who would have a child just to give herself something to blog about.

Some routines, obviously, require a taste for narrowly focused and sometimes vicious satire. It’s probably wise, therefore, that Sarah Silverman wraps things up by attacking a broader target: the MAGA movement. Once we’ve stopped trying to “Make America Great Again,” she suggests without a hint of irony, maybe we can concentrate on making America good again.

Directed by Linda Mendoza, emceed by Phoebe Robinson and featuring a musical coda delivered by Christina Aguilera, Yearly Departed has a few misses but mostly hits comedic paydirt. At only 43 minutes, it’s a quick and easy way to have some welcome laughs at 2020’s expense while we’re hauling it off to the trash bin of history.

Rating: 3½ stars (out of 5)

Yearly Departed is available beginning Dec. 30 on Amazon Prime Video.