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Why Netflix Has Gone Gaga for Star-Studded Stand-Up Comedy

Stand-up comedy specials are no joke at Netflix.

The streaming service has been binge-buying these programs in recent months featuring the biggest names in the genre. Tuesday’s deal with Jerry Seinfeld, which also includes rights to his “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” series, comes on the heels of similar deals struck with Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle.

Given the voracious appetite for original content Netflix has clearly signaled to the marketplace coming out of 2016, these pacts may not seem like a newsflash. But given estimates in circulation that peg the cost of each special in the neighborhood for $20 million each, the multiple specials all but Schumer have signed on for indicate Netflix is prepared to spend at least a few hundred million dollars on this genre.

In the scheme of the $6 billion Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has pledged to spend on over 1,000 hours of original content this year, that
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Adam Levine, Hillary Clinton, Octavia Spencer and More React to Night 1 of the Republican National Convention

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Adam Levine, Hillary Clinton, Octavia Spencer and More React to Night 1 of the Republican National Convention
The first night of the Republican National Convention, titled "Make America Safe Again," occurred in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday. Donald Trump made a brief appearance to introduce his wife Melania, who headlined the night with a speech that highlighted her husband's softer side. In addition, Joni Ernst, Antonio Sabato Jr., Scott Baio, Tom Cotton, Jeff Sessions and Rudy Giuliani took the stage to speak in support of the presumptive Gop nominee. Many attendees and viewers at home reacted to Mrs. Trump's speech as well as the Rnc including Adam Levine, Octavia Spencer, Josh Gad and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
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Adam Levine, Hillary Clinton, Octavia Spencer and More React to Night 1 of the Republican National Convention

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Adam Levine, Hillary Clinton, Octavia Spencer and More React to Night 1 of the Republican National Convention
The first night of the Republican National Convention, titled "Make America Safe Again," occurred in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday. Donald Trump made a brief appearance to introduce his wife Melania, who headlined the night with a speech that highlighted her husband's softer side. In addition, Joni Ernst, Antonio Sabato Jr., Scott Baio, Tom Cotton, Jeff Sessions and Rudy Giuliani took the stage to speak in support of the presumptive Gop nominee. Many attendees and viewers at home reacted to Mrs. Trump's speech as well as the Rnc including Adam Levine, Octavia Spencer, Josh Gad and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
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Amy Schumer Denied Joke Stealing Months Ago

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Amy Schumer Denied Joke Stealing Months Ago
Fans of Amy Schumer might be experiencing deja vu now that the comedian is denying accusations that she steals jokes, because she defended herself against similar claims three months ago. Stand-up comics Wendy Liebman, Kathleen Madigan and Tammy Pescatelli recently took to Twitter to complain that Schumer uses other comedians’ jokes in her own act. Schumer responded that she would take a polygraph test to prove that she would never intentionally steal a joke. However, in October, a TMZ crew approached Schumer outside an airport and asked about accusations that she lifted material from late comedian Patrice O’Neal. Back then,
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Comedian Tammy Pescatelli Apologizes for Accusing Amy Schumer of Joke Stealing: 'She Has Every Right to Be Mad'

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Comedian Tammy Pescatelli Apologizes for Accusing Amy Schumer of Joke Stealing: 'She Has Every Right to Be Mad'
Comedian Tammy Pescatelli is apologizing for accusing Amy Schumer of stealing jokes. After taking to Twitter on Wednesday to accuse Schumer, 34, of using a joke she wrote in 2006 in the film Trainwreck, Pescatelli now admits she "went too far." "I went too deep," Pescatelli said while appearing on the Jim Norton Advice Show on Sirius Xm's Opie Radio. "It went too far, and for that I'm super apologetic." Schumer denied allegations of joke theft after a video was released comparing her material to other comedians' gags, prompting a Twitter conversation between Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman and Pescatelli. Pescatelli said that
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Comedian Tammy Pescatelli Apologizes for Accusing Amy Schumer of Joke Stealing: 'She Has Every Right to Be Mad'

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Comedian Tammy Pescatelli Apologizes for Accusing Amy Schumer of Joke Stealing: 'She Has Every Right to Be Mad'
Comedian Tammy Pescatelli is apologizing for accusing Amy Schumer of stealing jokes. After taking to Twitter on Wednesday to accuse Schumer, 34, of using a joke she wrote in 2006 in the film Trainwreck, Pescatelli now admits she "went too far." "I went too deep," Pescatelli said while appearing on the Jim Norton Advice Show on Sirius Xm's Opie Radio. "It went too far, and for that I'm super apologetic." Schumer denied allegations of joke theft after a video was released comparing her material to other comedians' gags, prompting a Twitter conversation between Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman and Pescatelli. Pescatelli said that
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Amy Schumer -- I Don't Steal Jokes and I Can Prove It! (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_wbmqe4rz"]] Amy Schumer is fighting back against 3 other female comedians who ripped her on social media for allegedly stealing their jokes. Amy's repeatedly denied joke theft, but now she's taking it a step further after Tammy Pescatelli, Kathleen Madigan and Wendy Liebman each claimed she jacked their material. Gotta hand it to her, Amy's plan to prove her innocence should boost ratings on her Comedy Central TV show too. That's how ya bank on a conspiracy.
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Amy Schumer is Accused of Being a Joke Thief

Yesterday a video was released unanimously that compared Amy Schumer’s comedy routines to other comedians out there. Schumer quickly disputed the claims on Twitter. She also let viewers know on the Jim Norton Advice Show know that the claims were false. The video compares some of Schumer’s standup, sketch, and movie work to footage of comics Wendy Liebman, Patrice O’Neal, Kathleen Madigan, and Tammy Pescatelli with the intent of showing that Schumer stole from these earlier routines. Upon watching the video, it’s pretty clear that they are not stolen. Comedians take joke theft pretty seriously as evidences by the whole

Amy Schumer is Accused of Being a Joke Thief
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Amy Schumer Responds to Joke-Theft Accusations: ‘I Have Never and Would Never Steal a Joke.’

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Amy Schumer Responds to Joke-Theft Accusations: ‘I Have Never and Would Never Steal a Joke.’
After a recent video surfaced comparing Amy Schumer's material to other comedians' work, Schumer went on Jim Norton's SiriusXM Radio show today to deny any allegations of joke theft. "I wanted to come and talk to you about [these accusations] and clear my name, because I would never ever do that and I never have," the comedian said, adding that she is "literally going to take a polygraph test and put it on my show this season."The video collects allegations — some of which surfaced this weekend, others older — that Schumer copied material from Patrice O'Neal, Tammy Pescatelli, Kathleen Madigan, and Wendy Liebman. Talking to Norton, Schumer said that she had not seen any of their jokes before she performed her own and that any similarities were a result of parallel thinking, not plagiarism. She previously addressed similarities between O'Neal's punchline and a line from her stand-up special on Twitter last fall.
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Amy Schumer Denies Joke Stealing, Accuses Comedian Tammy Pescatelli of 'Trying to Get Something Going'

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Amy Schumer Denies Joke Stealing, Accuses Comedian Tammy Pescatelli of 'Trying to Get Something Going'
Amy Schumer is sticking up for herself. The Trainwreck star denied allegations of joke theft after a video was released comparing her material to other comedians' gags. Schumer, 34, vehemently refuted the claims on Twitter Wednesday, and also defended herself during an appearance on the Jim Norton Advice Show on Sirius Xm's Opie Radio. "On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke," the star tweeted. The video alleged that Schumer stole jokes from Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli, and the late Patrice O'Neal. On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke.— Amy Schumer
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Amy Schumer Denies Joke Stealing, Accuses Comedian Tammy Pescatelli of 'Trying to Get Something Going'

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Amy Schumer Denies Joke Stealing, Accuses Comedian Tammy Pescatelli of 'Trying to Get Something Going'
Amy Schumer is sticking up for herself. The Trainwreck star denied allegations of joke theft after a video was released comparing her material to other comedians' gags. Schumer, 34, vehemently refuted the claims on Twitter Wednesday, and also defended herself during an appearance on the Jim Norton Advice Show on Sirius Xm's Opie Radio. "On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke," the star tweeted. The video alleged that Schumer stole jokes from Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli, and the late Patrice O'Neal. On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke.— Amy Schumer
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Outrage Watch: Amy Schumer accused of joke-stealing by prominent fellow comics

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Outrage Watch: Amy Schumer accused of joke-stealing by prominent fellow comics
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's semi-regular rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. Update (1/21/16 2:58 Pm Est): Tammy Pescatelli called in to "Opie" Hughes and Jim Norton's SiriusXM radio show Thursday to respond to the controversy: "It is probably parallel thinking. That does happen...I probably should have just stayed out of it and kept my mouth shut," said Pescatelli in part. "I shouldn't have accused somebody. It did seem that way, that it was a lift." You can hear Pescatelli's full appearance below: In today's edition of comics berating other comics, 2015 "It" girl Amy Schumer has been accused of joke-stealing on Twitter by three prominent stand-ups: Kathleen Madigan, Tammy Pescatelli and Wendy Liebman (though the latter has since provided less-damning context to her claim that Schumer "[did] 1 of my best jokes on her HBO special.
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Amy Schumer Says She Will Take a Polygraph to Prove She Didn't "Steal" Jokes

Amy Schumer Says She Will Take a Polygraph to Prove She Didn't
Amy Schumer is setting the record straight. "I'm being accused of stealing jokes and I wanted to come and talk to you about it and clear my name," she told fellow comedian Jim Norton on his SiriusXM advice show Wednesday. This week, three comedians — Wendy Liebman, Kathleen Madigan and Tammy Pescatelli — took to Twitter to discuss alleged similarities between their jokes and ones that Schumer has used in her Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer, and movie, Trainwreck. The thread was quickly deleted off social media, but the conversation had drawn enough heat that Schumer wanted to

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Amy Schumer Reacts to Allegations That She's Stolen Jokes From Three Comedians

Amy Schumer Reacts to Allegations That She's Stolen Jokes From Three Comedians
Amy Schumer is taking on her haters one by one this week, or so it seems. The Trainwreck star's latest mission is to slam the recent allegations that she's stolen jokes from three separate comedians. The Golden Globe nominee cleared the air via Twitter earlier this afternoon with the following to-the-point statement: "On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke." Well then! Comedians Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli and Kathleen Madigan took part in a Twitter conversation (which has now been deleted) claiming that Schumer had used jokes from their acts. Earlier this week, the 34-year-old actress slammed a critic on Twitter, after the self-proclaimed fan snapped a...
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'Comedians in Cars' Trailer Revisits the 'Seinfeld' Set

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'Comedians in Cars' Trailer Revisits the 'Seinfeld' Set
The web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is showing no signs of slowing down in Season 7, which kicked off with a very special guest joining star/creator Jerry Seinfeld last month, U.S. President Barack Obama. This season's fourth episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will debut Wednesday, January 20, and Crackle has released a new trailer for this episode, revealing that Jerry Seinfeld returns to the set of Seinfeld for the first time. The comedian is joined by special guest star Garry Shandling in this episode.

This week on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld returns to the set of Seinfeld for the first time ever with his friend and fellow comedian Garry Shandling. In the all-new episode, launching Wednesday, January 20 starting at 11:30pm Et on Crackle, Seinfeld and Shandling drive around in a Cashmere Beige 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo, reminiscing about their start in the 70s at
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President Obama’s ‘Comedians in Cars’ Visit Has Little Driving, Lots of Coffee

President Obama’s ‘Comedians in Cars’ Visit Has Little Driving, Lots of Coffee
The season premiere of Jerry Seinfeld’s Crackle series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” only really met the third part of its alliterative title, thanks to a humorless security officer refusing to let the comic drive off with his special guest — the Commander in Chief.

Instead, Seinfeld and President Barack Obama checked out each other’s rides and settled for coffee in an on-premise lunch room at the White House. There, they talked about the price of fame (Obama is whimsical about his days in anonymity; Seinfeld swears life is better when you’re famous), Obama’s wardrobe options, morning routines and his love of nachos.

“I always wanted to be on a show about nothing, and here I am,” Obama tells Seinfeld.

As with his other pop culture appearances, Obama did manage to get in a (somewhat) serious plug for one of his passions. This time, it was ObamaCare.
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Crackle Drops Trailer For Season Seven Of Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians In Cars’

Crackle has provided a sneak peek at the next season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Sony’s streaming platform and distributor released the show’s season seven trailer on December 21, 2015.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season seven boasts a lineup of some well-known comedic talent. In the six upcoming episodes (the first of which debuts on Crackle on December 30), Seinfeld will ride around town in classic cars and stop to get coffee with Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Garry Shandling, Kathleen Madigan, and Sebastian Maniscalco. The new Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee trailer boasts over 580,000 views on YouTube alone, the most views of any YouTube trailer for the series to date. The trailer isn’t faring so badly on Facebook, either; on that platform, the clip boasts 96,000 views and almost 7,000 likes, shares, and comments.

Crackle announced back in April 2014 it was renewing Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee for another 24 episodes,
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TVLine Items: The Knick Eyes Season 3, Potus Is Getting Coffee and More

TVLine Items: The Knick Eyes Season 3, Potus Is Getting Coffee and More
Will The Knick keep its doors open for a third season on Cinemax? It’s starting to look that way.

Although the medical drama ended Season 2 with — spoiler alert! — the apparent death of Clive Owen’s Dr. Thackery, a script for the Season 3 premiere has reportedly been ordered.

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“Cinemax has been in conversations with Steven Soderbergh on how we might continue with The Knick,” the network tells our sister site Variety. “When first conceived, the series was always meant to be presented in a two-year story arc,
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Obama Joins 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' Season 7 Trailer

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Obama Joins 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' Season 7 Trailer
Following Season 6 that debuted earlier this year, Crackle is getting ready to roll out Season 7 of their hit original series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which debuts December 30 with a very special guest: President Barack Obama. Crackle also released a trailer for the new season, along with a photo of the President and Jerry Seinfeld. Here's what series star and creator Jerry Seinfeld had to say in a statement about getting President Obama to come on board for his web series.

"Growing up in the '60s my kid dream was always to be an astronaut-doing a comedy show with President Obama in and around the White House felt like going into space. 'How did I get here?' 'Is this really happening?' The President's humor and generosity are the only reasons this was even possible. He was so easy and fun to be with. Being President and just
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President Obama to Guest Star on ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

President Obama to Guest Star on ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’
President Barack Obama will guest star on Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Crackle announced Monday. He will be the first guest star of Season 7, which premieres Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Along with Obama, Crackle also announced more guest stars for the new season, including Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Garry Shandling, Kathleen Madigan and Sebastian Maniscalco.

Obama’s appearance will mark the first non-comedian guest on the show — or at least, the first non-comedic actor — and he is the first political figure for “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Obama’s episode was shot at the White House earlier this month, and features the President and Seinfeld driving a 1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe, while talking about life in the White House over coffee.

“Growing up in the ’60s my kid dream was always to be an astronaut — doing a comedy show with President Obama in and around the White House felt like going into space,
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