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Netflix plans to release a comedy special a week—from some huge names

Netflix is serious about comedy.


Audra Schroeder


Netflix is debuting comedy specials from Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer this month, with new specials forthcoming from Tracy Morgan, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis C.K., and Sarah Silverman. This is a pretty fortified wall, but Netflix isn’t stopping there.

The streamer plans to release a new comedy special every week for the remainder of 2017, according to the Verge. It’s part of Netflix’s plan to make half its library original content or series. But it’s also blown past cable channels like HBO and Comedy Central in terms of making standup specials a marquee feature and destination. Comedy specials are easier and cheaper to produce than a TV show, which could explain how exactly Netflix pulls this off. But by locking popular comedians like C.K. and Chappelle into more than one special, it insures they’ll be a Netflix-only commodity for a while.

So far this year, Netflix released specials from Trevor Noah, Mike Birbiglia, Bill Burr, Katherine Ryan, Jim Gaffigan, and Cristela Alonzo. It’s debuting new specials from Hasan Minaj, Jo Koy, and Jim Norton as well.

Netflix did not have any further comment. 

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