Netflix licences new stand-up specials ahead of cable VOD

Michelle Clancy | 20-08-2012

Netflix has secured new stand-up specials available for Netflix members to watch instantly in the US, UK, Ireland and Canada, ahead of cable VOD.

Netflix members can watch the exclusive premiere of Bill Burr's You People are All the Same, before its been featured on demand or on broadcast TV. The special comes hot on the heels of Kevin Hart's new concert film Laugh at My Pain and Jim Gaffigan's Mr. Universe becoming available on the service.

The specials are meant to introduce the trio of US comics to a broader audience. "We have always worked hard to keep our members entertained with comedic content, not only TV shows and movies, but also stand-up specials from some of the world's leading comedians," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. "We are excited to expand that offering with three new specials from some of our favorite comedians."

Hart's 90-city Laugh at My Pain tour was one of the biggest comedy concert tours in history. The film special of the same name broke box-office records last year, grossing nearly $8 million. Hart is currently underway on his Let Me Explain tour. "Netflix is a great partner for standup they understand my creative vision," said Hart. "With Laugh at My Pain it's the one place where I can stream my unedited, director's cut version for my fans. They're also showing me the love internationally streaming my stand-up shows in the UK, Ireland and Canada too."

Gaffigan is back with Mr. Universe, a Washington D.C. stand-up concert where he (and his inner voice) takes on everything from Disney World and overweight whales to life with four kids in a tiny apartment. Gaffigan is currently on the road performing his latest material with The America Tour.

Burr's first two specials have long entertained US Netflix members, and his latest show You People Are All the Same, recorded in Washington D.C., offers Burr's insights on getting a gun, the perils of plastic surgery, gold-diggers and more. Burr can be heard weekly on his Monday Morning Podcast and he is touring theatres internationally.