10 New Netflix Comedy Specials to Watch in 2017
Netflix is bulking up on its comedy slate this year. In addition to debuting a slew of new original TV shows and movies, the streaming service is set to unveil several exclusive new specials from some of the world’s most popular comedians. From Amy Schumer‘s latest stand-up routine to the long-awaited return of Dave Chappelle, here are 10 of the best new comedy specials coming to Netflix in 2017.
1. Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark, premiered February 21
The Daily Show host will bring his latest comedy stand-up routine to Netflix this year. Filmed at New York City’s Beacon Theater, the special follows Noah as he takes on all the topics that you’d expect from the politically-minded comic, including Barack Obama, the rise of nationalism, and Russian accents. You can get a glimpse of Noah’s act in the trailer for the special, seen above.
2. Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes, premiered February 28
Birbiglia’s Thank God for Jokes show toured in cities across the country and played Off-Broadway for four months — and now, it’s coming to Netflix. Taped during a tour stop in Brooklyn, New York, the special will feature the comic taking on wide-ranging topics, from marriage to late people to Birbiglia’s own experience of going the extra mile to make people laugh. This will be Birbiglia’s second special for Netflix, as he previously partnered with the streaming service on 2013’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.
3. Amy Schumer: The Leather Special, premiered March 7
Two years after her Emmy-nominated special on HBO, Amy Schumer is bringing another stand-up special to TV — this time, to Netflix. The special was originally recorded in November 2016 at the Bellco Theater in Denver. According to Netflix, it will deliver a “provocative evening” featuring the sensational comedian as she shares her varied opinions on dating, sex, and the price of fame, among other topics.
4. Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin and Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas, premiere March 21
Chappelle will bring not one, not two, but a trio of stand-up comedy specials to Netflix in 2017. The specials will include two previously unreleased performances from Chappelle’s “personal comedy vault,” which were produced at the Austin City Limits studio and the Hollywood Palladium.
As for the third special, Chappelle will reportedly work with director Stan Lathan to develop it. The first three specials — which will mark the comedian’s first televised routines in over a decade — will be released simultaneously in mid-March.
5. Sarah Silverman special, May 30
Silverman will join the long line of high-profile comedians headed to Netflix this year. The streamer is unveiling a new special from Silverman, to be filmed in late February for a premiere in late spring. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Liam Lynch will direct the still-untitled special, with Thruline’s Amy Zvi set to produce. JASH, a comedy-driven media company that Silverman created alongside fellow comedians Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, and Reggie Watts, will also produce.
6. Chris Rock specials, TBD
Chris Rock will star in two new stand-up specials for Netflix, marking the comedian’s first return to the art form following an eight-year hiatus. The streaming service reportedly shelled out a whopping $40 million for the deal, beating out other networks, like HBO, Hulu, and Amazon, in a competitive bidding situation. The first show will tape sometime this year, following a new world tour being planned now. An exact premiere date has not yet been announced.
7. Jerry Seinfeld special, TBD
Seinfeld inked a massive deal with Netflix earlier this year. As part of the contract, the comedian will star in two all-new stand-up specials that will debut exclusively on the global streaming service. The first — which is still untitled — is expected to arrive sometime this year, although a specific date is still TBD. In addition to the two specials, he will also develop a scripted and non-scripted series for the site.
8. Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, TBD
The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj is heading to Netflix with this hour-long, stand-up special. Filmed at the Mondavi Center in Minhaj’s hometown of Davis, California, the special features the comedian chronicling his first generation Indian-American experience — from his arrival in the U.S. to his family’s quest to achieve the elusive American dream to the racism and bullying he encountered.
Chris Storer directed the special, while director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope, Confirmation) served as an executive producer alongside Jennie Church-Cooper, Art & Industry, Michelle Caputo, and Shannon Hartman. A premiere date has not yet been confirmed.
9. Vir Das special, TBD
Actor and funnyman Vir Das will become the first Indian-based comedian to get his own Netflix original comedy special this year. Das’ special taped in New Delhi, India in October and will be streamed across the globe in over 100 countries. Details about the special haven’t been released, but Das says that he looks forward to bringing “an authentic, Indian voice on that world circuit.” A premiere date has not yet been announced, although it’s expected to hit Netflix sometime later this year.
10. Gad Elmaleh specials, TBD
Often dubbed the “Jerry Seinfeld of France,” Gad Elmaleh made a bold leap into the U.S. comedy scene in 2015. This year, he’s bringing his comedic stylings to Netflix with two original specials. The first, Gad Gone Wild, was performed mostly in French and premiered in January. A second, English stand-up show is set to follow sometime later this year. The official title and exact premiere date are still TBD.
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