Louis C.K. Adds Two New Standup Specials to Netflix Comedy Empire
As if Sarah Silverman, Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld weren’t enough, Netflix has picked up yet another comedy icon for new specials. Louis C.K. has joined the streaming service with a commitment for two new standup performances, the first of which will arrive as early as April.
Netflix confirms that the Louie and Horace and Pete creator-star will debut new special 2017 on April 4, as filmed in Washington D.C. No projected date was given for the second special, but Netflix says:
Louis has been one of the most innovative comedy voices in this new era of stand up. He has also been a thought leader in the business of comedy. We have marveled at his creativity and his ability to invent comedically and commercially, and are thrilled that he is bringing his newest specials to Netflix.
Netflix has made a tremendous push into comedy specials in recent years, between a three-part showcase with Dave Chappelle, and similar high-profile comedy deals for Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld (including Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee), Joe Rogan, Dana Carvey, Michael Che, Gabriel Iglesias, Reggie Watts and Colin Quinn.
For his part, C.K. also has an animated Albert Brooks cop comedy in the works at TBS, to say nothing of whether Louie might ever return. Stay tuned for news of the specials while we wait.