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Dave Chappelle Is Back as Netflix Specials Are Ready to Take Off

21 March 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Dave Chappelle is joining some other major comedians tonight by going back to his roots in stand up.  Comedians like Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Donnell Rawlings and Jerry Seinfeld have returned to the pure comedy of performing stand-up and Chappelle is doing the same.  It’s what got him his amazing career in the first place and it’s what’s putting him back in the spotlight today.  Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited about a stand up show as I am for these two specials. In the history of comedy shows I was psyched to see I think Chris

Dave Chappelle Is Back as Netflix Specials Are Ready to Take Off »

- Nat Berman

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Kevin James Sets Netflix Stand-Up Special for 2018

20 March 2017 10:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Kevin James will star in his own new Netflix stand-up special, Variety has learned.

This will mark the first time James has starred in a stand-up special since 2001’s “Sweat the Small Stuff.” He is currently scheduled to tape the special later this year, with a release eyed for 2018. Netflix previously distributed James’ film “True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” and he will also appear in the Adam Sandler Netflix film “Sandy Wexler,” which debuts in April.

James was discovered at the Montreal Comedy Fest in 1996, which led to the creation of his long-running CBS sitcom “King of Queens.” In addition to a film career that saw him star in successful comedies like the “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” franchise and “Grown Ups,” he recently returned to CBS with the sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” which he also executive produces.

This is the latest high-profile comedy acquisition for Netflix. The streaming giant will release two never-before-seen Dave Chappelle comedy »

- Joe Otterson

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Alec Baldwin to Be Honored, Roasted on Spike TV’s ‘One Night Only’ Special

14 March 2017 2:36 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spike TV’s next honoree for their “One Night Only” series is none other than Alec Baldwin. The special, airing on July 9 at 9/8c, will bring together the actor’s closest friends and costars for a night of comedic tributes and celebration.

The exclusive black tie evening,”Part ‘This Is Your Life,’ part Dean Martin Roast,” features comedy, film packages, music, candid (and humorous) personal stories, and several surprises. Friends and icons from the comedy, film, and TV worlds will gather for the taping on June 25 at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.

“Alec is an original and one of the greats. Heroic, complicated, legendary, brilliant, and hilarious,” said Casey Patterson, executive producer of the special. “When we spoke about this event he said ‘you overestimate the number of friends I have’ and I replied ‘you underestimate the number of people that will line up to have fun at your expense.’ It will be that kind of night: love »

- Dani Levy

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Dave Chappelle’s Netflix Debut Trailer Riffs on O.J. Simpson and Isis — Watch

14 March 2017 9:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Dave Chappelle is back! The comedian is returning to TV this March, with two stand-up specials streaming on Netflix. These specials mark Chappelle’s first in 12 years, since “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” came out in 2005.

Read More: ‘Dear White People’ Review: Justin Simien’s Netflix Series Sets the Standard for Movie-to-tv Adaptations

The two specials —”Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin,” which was filmed at the Palladium in Los Angeles last March, and “Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas,” which was filmed at Acl Live at the Moody Theater in Austin in April 2015 — have never aired before. Both were directed by Stan Lathan (“Def Comedy Jam”). Chappelle is currently on the road doing concert dates in preparation for a third Netflix special.

Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy – searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential,” said Netflix executive Lisa Nishimura in a statement, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Dave Chappelle’s Netflix Debut Full Trailer Riffs on O.J. Simpson and Isis — Watch

14 March 2017 9:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Dave Chappelle is back! The comedian is returning to TV this March, with two stand-up specials streaming on Netflix. These specials mark Chappelle’s first in 12 years, since his “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” came out in 2005.

Read More: ‘Dear White People’ Review: Justin Simien’s Netflix Series Sets the Standard for Movie-to-tv Adaptations

The two specials —”Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin,” which was filmed at The Palladium in Los Angeles last March; and “Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas,” which was filmed at Acl Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, TX, in April 2015— have never aired before. Both specials were directed by Stan Lathan (“Def Comedy Jam”). Chappelle is currently on the road doing concert dates in preparation for a third Netflix special.

Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy – searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential,” said Netflix executive Lisa Nishimura in a statement, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Watch Dave Chappelle Riff on Isis and O.J. for His New Netflix Specials

14 March 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Chappelle’s back.

In a week, comedian Dave Chappelle will release two hourlong standup specials on Netflix. They’ll be the first such specials he’s put into the world in a dozen years, though he’s been touring extensively since 2014. The trailer gives a peek at what to expect: Chappelle not shying away from the absurdities of the modern world, integrating anecdotes about watching Isis beheadings on YouTube and meeting the now-up-for-parole O.J. Simpson, but also going back to certain staples.

“You know what kills more black people than anything? More than police and terrorism?” he asks his audience. “Salt.”

The two specials, which were self-financed and produced by Chappelle and then acquired from Netflix, were filmed in Austin at Austin City Limits and Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium. A third Chappelle comedy special made specifically for Netflix is also in the works, with Chappelle and director Stan Lathan.

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- Oriana Schwindt

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Dave Chappelle Is Back In Trailer For Netflix Stand-Up Specials ‘The Age of Spin’ & ‘Deep In The Heart Of Texas’

14 March 2017 8:47 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So, just how much money is Netflix throwing at stand-up comedy? Well, they’ve sourced enough content that they will have one new stand-up special for every week in 2017. And they’ve been getting some heavy hitters into their fold, too, including Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, and perhaps biggest of them all, Dave Chappelle. He’s been away from the TV game ever since he famously left “Chappelle’s Show,” but he’s been hitting the live circuit hard, and now two of three scheduled specials are on their way to Netflix.

Continue reading Dave Chappelle Is Back In Trailer For Netflix Stand-Up Specials ‘The Age of Spin’ & ‘Deep In The Heart Of Texas’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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From Amy Schumer to Chris Rock: A Guide to Netflix's Upcoming Stand-up Specials

7 March 2017 8:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Amy Schumer is just one of several comedians set to debut a stand-up special on Netflix, with her special dropping Tuesday on the streaming service.

Netflix aggressively entered the stand-up space a few years ago, and has been consistently outbidding rivals including Comedy Central, Showtime and HBO to land bold-face names. In addition to Schumer, Netflix will air upcoming specials from Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K., Tracy Morgan, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman and Chris Rock, the latter of whom got a whopping $40 million for two specials.

Here are just some of the big-name comedians set to debut concert specials on »

- Lexy Perez

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'Logan' Buzz: Box Office Records, Easter Eggs, The Prop Comics and More

6 March 2017 6:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Hopefully if you've arrived at this post, you've seen Logan. For one thing, it's an excellent movie, period. Not just a good comic book or superhero or X-Men or solo Wolverine movie. For another, the contents that follow below include Spoilers for the hot new release. Either way, if you're curious about Easter eggs and more, keep on reading.   Seinfeld's Influence If you're upset that Hugh Jackman is leaving the Wolverine character for good, you can blame comedian Jerry Seinfeld. That's right. He and Jackman are good friends, and it was Seinfeld who inspired the actor to quit the X-Men movies while he's ahead. According to the Logan star, to Entertainment Weekly, Seinfeld explained his decision to...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Netflix Preps Reality TV Push: Rivals "Should Be Scared Out of Their Minds"

2 March 2017 6:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

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Netflix doesn't enter a genre quietly.

Its first foray into scripted TV famously was a $100 million political drama from David Fincher and Kevin Spacey. One series quickly expanded to four, then 16 and now more than 30. Then it was stand-up, and before long that roster included Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K. Then docs (from Werner Herzog, Ava DuVernay), big-budget films (starring Brad Pitt, Will Smith) and now reality. By year's end, Netflix's unscripted output, which includes docusoaps, competition series and talk shows, will be in the double digits. It's expected to explode from there.

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- Lacey Rose

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High-Profile Standup Deals Help Netflix Corner Market Once Dominated by HBO

1 March 2017 3:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central is heavily invested in the Trevor Noah business. In 2015, the cable channel plucked the comic from near obscurity to succeed Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.” Two months after Noah premiered on the late-night talker, his standup special “Lost in Translation” premiered on Comedy Central. Since then, the network has aggressively marketed Noah and stuck by him as “The Daily Show” host, waiting out early, lackluster ratings that have only recently showed signs of growth.

Comedy Central would appear to be a natural home for Noah’s next standup special. But when his newest effort, “Afraid of the Dark,” debuted last week, it did so on Netflix.

Noah’s special is just one item purchased in a Netflix shopping spree that has made the streaming service the dominant buyer in the standup marketplace. Two years ago, top-tier comedians could land $5 million-$10 million for a cable TV special. Now »

- Daniel Holloway

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Ted Sarandos says Netflix has "mostly" moved on from broadcaster friction

1 March 2017 8:07 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chief content officer discussed relationships with networks.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has discussed working with European broadcast partners after announcing three major co-pro dramas.

These are Troy: Fall Of A City (BBC1), Black Earth Rising (BBC2) and The Spy (Canal+).

Talking to press in Berlin, Sarandos said: “As we’ve deepened our presence in the region, we’ve sought out the expertise and partnership of some of Europe’s biggest linear and cable networks.

“By working together and providing access to our more than 93m households, we can jointly create more ambitious and better programming than ever before. When we team up with BBC (UK) or Rai (Italy), they benefit from the scale of our platform, and we benefit from access to great global stories, and great global storytellers.

“Like any relationship, there’s occasional friction over rights,” he admits, “but we’ve mostly gotten past that and together got solutions that work for both »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Watch: Amy Schumer On The Hazards Of Tweeting Underwear Pics In First Trailer For Netflix ‘Leather Special’

28 February 2017 3:20 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Netflix has inked some big deals with some of the hottest names in comedy, with the streaming service set to bring us standup specials featuring the likes of Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Jerry Seinfeld. Another hot comic who’s headed to Netflix is Amy Schumer, and now we have our first taste of her upcoming […] »

- Brent Furdyk

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Comedy Central to Present Colossal Clusterfest with Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Ice Cube, Hannibal Buress, More

28 February 2017 9:38 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Comedy Central has joined forces with Superfly and Another Planet Entertainment, to launch Comedy Central Presents Colossal Clusterfest, a jam-packed, multi-format festival experience headlined by Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Burr. A first of its kind, Colossal Clusterfest will… Continue Reading → »

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Comedy Central Will Launch 3-Day Comedy and Music Festival

28 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central wants to move stand-up comedy out of the clubs and into the realm occupied by massive outdoor events like Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza.

The Viacom-owned cable network plans to launch the “Colossal Clusterfest,” a three-day event that will feature comedy showcases, music, podcast recordings and collaborations by the artists attending, all held at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium from Friday, June 2 to Sunday June 4. Comedy Central plans to air a 90-minute live special from teh event on June 4.

Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart and Bill Burr will headline the event, which will also feature Sarah Silverman, Ice Cube, Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Pete Davidson, Fred Armisen, Natasha Leggero, Tegan and Sara, Chromeo,  Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer from the Comedy Central series “Broad City,” Bob Odenkirk, Vince Staples, Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Princess featuring Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum.

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- Brian Steinberg

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Superhero Bits: Joker and Harley Quinn Get Fast Food, Green Lantern Cameo, Batman Board Game & More

27 February 2017 5:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

What kind of Batman board game is Monolith debuting at a Cannes game festival coming up? How did Jerry Seinfeld help convince Hugh Jackman that it was time to be done with Wolverine? Was there a Suicide Squad deleted scene with The Joker and Harley Quinn getting fast food? Will there be a Green Lantern […]

The post Superhero Bits: Joker and Harley Quinn Get Fast Food, Green Lantern Cameo, Batman Board Game & More appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Hugh Jackman Breaks His ‘Wolverine Diet’ in the Most Epic Way with Help from Mario Batali

25 February 2017 11:46 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Stand back, Hugh Jackman is off his diet.

For the past 17 years, the actor has kept to a strict regimen to stay in shape for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men series. But now that the final installment, Logan, hits theaters next week, Jackman is ready to binge. Luckily, he had Jimmy Fallon to help him do it during his appearance on The Tonight Show on Friday.

“The good news of not doing this is you don’t have to keep that Wolverine diet because every time you were here you were eating some boiled chicken and broccoli. That’s all you ate, »

- Ana Calderone

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What is Seinfeld Really About? This Video Attempts To Answer the Question

24 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

You know it’s a good day when you get to post not one, but two things about Seinfeld.   To this day, nearly 20 years later we know that Seinfeld was a show about “nothing” but what does that really mean?  Is there more to the show than we realize?  Could we be missing vital information all these years later?  I just came across a new video that just may shed some light on some stuff. In the video you are about to see Seinfeld creators Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Kramer, George, Elaine explain what Seinfeld is actually about. Is this

What is Seinfeld Really About? This Video Attempts To Answer the Question »

- Nat Berman

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Tracy Morgan Is Making His Much-Anticipated Return to Stand-Up in Netflix’s ‘Staying Alive’

24 February 2017 10:21 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Netflix remains aggressive in ordering these comedy specials seemingly in an effort to become the marquee home for them, from top talents like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K. and others; the premiere streaming platform has now… Continue Reading → »

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Tracy Morgan’s Next Comedy Special Will Debut on Netflix

24 February 2017 9:37 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix’s onslaught of highly anticipated comedy specials continues: Tracy Morgan’s first stand-up special since the 2014 traffic accident that nearly took his life will drop on the streaming service on May 16.

The “30 Rock” star filmed the special, “Staying Alive,” in October 2016 in New Jersey, tackling the difficulties in coping with a traumatic brain injury and learning to walk again (while falling for his physical therapist), as well as the loss of his friend James McNair in the crash.

Morgan has made a full recovery and has . In addition to the already-taped “Staying Alive,” Morgan will star in a Richard Pryor biopic, “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?,” where he’ll star as Redd Foxx. He also has big-screen comedy “The Clapper” in the hopper, can currently be seen in the Ice Cube-Charlie Day feature comedy “Fist Fight,” and will star in a comedy for TBS executive produced by Jordan Peele, John Carcieri »

- Oriana Schwindt

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