As Netflix has started to increase their library of stand-up specials, we haven’t been shy about calling the streaming service the new king of stand-up comedy. While HBO was once the prime destination for exclusive, high quality stand-up acts, they haven’t been as dedicated to the cause in recent years. The cable subscription service still has a fantastic library of stand-up available through HBO GO, and every now and then they come out with a great new special (Pete Holmes being the most recent example), but Netflix has been locking down some of the biggest names in the business for exclusive deals, and that’s just the beginning.
And here we are: there will be new 2017 Netflix stand-up specials arriving every single week. Let’s dive into the growing Netflix stand-up comedy library below.
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Right now you’ll find a slew of stand-up comedy specials that are available exclusively on Netflix. The streaming service has become a stellar home for new stand-up specials from the best comedians working today. Over the past few months, they’ve only solidified their dedication to the craft by doling out new deals for Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld.
Today, we have two more reasons to be excited about Netflix’s championing of stand-up comedy. First, Sleepwalk with Me and Don’t Think Twice writer and director Mike Birbiglia has an all-new stand-up special called Thank God for Jokes coming to the streaming service next week, and the first trailer has just been unleashed. Second, Louis C.K. has been added to the roster of comedians with deals for exclusive stand-up specials on Netflix. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2017 by Angie Han
The TV news keeps on coming, thanks to the TCAs. After the jump:
- Portlandia has been one final season.
- AMC and BBC are teaming up for a new John le Carré miniseries.
- TV Land officially orders Heathers to series.
- Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks’ Cops gets a series from TBS.
- Pierce Brosnan tries on a Texan twang in the first trailer for The Son.
- Alan Tudyk is Batman’s obnoxious cousin in Powerless.
- Could Girl Meets World return elsewhere?
- And more!
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I still haven’t finished the first season of Horace and Pete, but not because it’s a bad show. In fact, I haven’t finished the first season of Horace and Pete because it’s too good, too effective, and too emotionally brutal. I’m practically afraid of the series and what writer/director/star Louis C.K. has in store for me. You don’t binge Horace and Pete – you survive it.
I have no idea how the initial ten episodes of Horace and Pete conclude (I’ll get there soon enough), but now C.K. is now talking about getting to work on a second season of his completely independent web series…but only if it can live up to his standards.
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After surprising fans with a new web series called Horace and Pete earlier this year, comedian Louis C.K. has delivered 10 episodes of the series that isn’t really a straight-up comedy series. The project plays out more like a stage production with an interesting blend of comedy and drama, driven by some very compelling characters written by Louis C.K. himself.
But sadly, Louis C.K. has announced that the tenth episode of Horace and Pete, which hit the we earlier this month, would be the end of the series. In an e-mail with fans, the comedian gave a fond farewell and thanks to all who worked on the project and gushed about how happy he was for his fans to receive it with open arms. Find out more about the Horace and Pete ending after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
Louie is currently in the middle of another extended hiatus, but Louis C.K. has apparently been busy working on another, top-secret series. Over the weekend, C.K. borrowed a page from the Beyoncé playbook and dropped a new web series, Horace and Pete, with no warning.
C.K. plays Horace and Steve Buscemi is Pete, and the two operate a run-down Brooklyn dive bar together. Also starring in the series are Alan Alda, Jessica Lange, Edie Falco, Aidy Bryant, and more. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets promises to reveal just what these creatures get up to when we’re not around, and the answers so far have ranged from obvious (eating human food they aren’t supposed to) to shocking (headbanging to heavy metal). Now the latest trailer starts to shape those cute little secrets into an actual story.
Louis C.K. voices Max, a terrier living in New York City. He loves life with his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper), and is dismayed when she brings home a new “brother” for Max, a big sloppy mutt named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). One thing leads to another, and before they know it Max and Duke find themselves caught up in an army of abandoned pets led by a bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart). Watch The Secret Life of Pets trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, January 17th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Louis C.K. was on a panel for the FX comedy Baskets, which he produces with Zach Galifianakis. After the panel C.K. spoke with journalists further. He mentioned an animated series he is developing with Albert Brooks for FX, and gave a little bit of insight into what the show would be.
“We’re making a cartoon that’s basically me and Albert in our voices,” C.K. said. “We found we have a funny rhythm together. I don’t want to say anything about what the cartoon is about yet because it takes such a long time to get those things going.”
After the jump, C.K. also discusses his hiatus from Louie and his other new FX series, Better Things with Louie co-star / producer / writer Pamela Adlon.
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When two comedians like Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis team up for a new comedy series, you pay attention. And that’s exactly why you should watch the trailer for FX’s new comedy series Baskets.
In the series premiering later this month, Galifianakis plays a clown who flunked out of a prestigious clown school in Paris and ends up working a dead end job as a rodeo clown back home. But what’s interesting is that the series isn’t played up to be a goofy kind of comedy, and it has a vibe of something like Louie meets Man Seeking Woman.
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It’s a good day to be an Albert Brooks fan. Well, any day is a good to be that, but today especially. The actor, writer, director, and comedian hasn’t written a feature film since Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, which was over a decade ago. Brooks isn’t returning to directing just yet, but with Louis C.K., he’s heading to TV, and not just as an actor-for-hire.
Find out more about the Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks FX project after the jump.
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