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Jenny Slate sets first comedy special at Netflix

Slate reunites with Gillian Robespierre for her first comedy special.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Sep 16, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 3:47 am CDT

Jenny Slate has announced that her first-ever comedy special, Stage Fright, is heading to Netflix.

According to Slate’s announcement on Instagram, Stage Fright is “part stand-up, part documentary about my family, my fears, my heart, and a lot of other things that will make you laugh.” It’s directed by Gillian Robespierre, whom Slate worked with on Landline and Obvious Child.

Netflix’s announcement about the special adds that Slate “overcomes her stage fright while telling stories about her visit to a midnight Catholic Mass and the ghosts that haunted her childhood home.” The title of the special isn’t tongue-in-cheek: Slate told Terry Gross in 2014 that stage fright started creeping in after she was fired from her first season at SNL for swearing in a scene, and that being known as “the girl who said this swear” affected her on stage: “That just broke my heart and made me act weird, and I got terrible stage fright. I couldn’t remember how to speak to people anymore.” Slate said hypnosis made the stage fright manageable.

Speaking with Vulture in 2016, Slate had different thoughts on filming her standup, saying: “Maybe I only want it to live in the moment. I want to be able to create it again and again, using the same stories, but tailoring them specifically to the people who are there, and what the vibe of the room is.”

Stage Fright debuts Oct. 22.



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*First Published: Sep 16, 2019, 3:05 pm CDT