Netflix Upping the Laughs14 Aug, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Netflix Aug. 14 announced a slate of four exclusive stand-up comedy programs, joining the previously announced Oct. 10 Chelsea Handler comedy special, Uganda Be Kidding Me Live.
The live comedy shows are the latest in Netflix's continuing efforts to cultivate original programming, which includes episodic series such as “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black,” among others.
In addition, the subscription-streaming pioneer is working with Handler on developing the first SVOD talk show. Handler is ending her long-running late night talk show on E! Aug. 26.
Bill Cosby's latest special, Bill Cosby 77, showcases his singular point of view and comedy to his favorite topics, relationships, marriage and children. Taped at the SF Jazz Center in San Francisco on Cosby's 77th birthday and directed by Robert Townsend, the concert will premiere only on Netflix at 12:01 am Pacific on Friday, Nov. 28.
Filmed live at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, Netflix will stream Jim Jefferies' stand-up comedy special Jim Jefferies: BARE at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Friday, Aug. 29.
Comedian Bill Burr takes the stage of the Tabernacle in Atlanta at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Friday, Dec. 5 for his fourth hour-long special, I'm Sorry You Feel That Way.
Finally, Chelsea Peretti brings her unique delivery, writing, physicality to the hour-long special One of the Greats, filmed live at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Friday, Nov. 14.
"Jim Jefferies, Chelsea Handler, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti are some of the funniest comedians of our time," Lisa Nishimura, VP of original documentary and comedy programming at Netflix, said in a statement.