Netflix Developing 15-Minute Stand-Up Special Series for 2018

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Netflix has proven its commitment to stand-up comedy by shelling out $40 million to Chris Rock for two specials, $60 million to Dave Chappelle for four specials and around $20 million to Amy Schumer for one special. And those are just the highlights off the top of the head. The streamer has also produced stand-up shows for the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, John Mulaney, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt and other established and known names in the industry.

Now, the company is hoping to get a foothold in the next generation of comedy stars.

Deadline reports that Netflix will premiere a new series of 15-minute stand-up specials featuring up-and-coming comics in 2018.

The new short-run shows will be taped in February at Atlanta’s famous Terminal West venue, per the outlet. The young comics set to be featured in the still untitled new series include: Aisling Bea, Michelle Buteau, Tim Dillon, JR De Guzman, Sabrina Jalees, Janelle James, Sam Jay, Josh Johnson, Ian Karmel, Jak Knight, Matteo Lane, Max Silvestri, Taylor Tomlinson, Phil Wang, Emma Willmann, and Kate Willett.

No release date has yet been announced, and Netflix has yet to respond to Observer’s request for comment.

While lauded for its original series, Netflix has also long been a strong supporter of stand-up comedy. The streamer even released the half-hour series The Standups that features “comedy’s freshest voices” taking the stage in L.A. for six half-hour specials.

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