Stand-Up Comedy Special ‘Tracy Morgan: Takin’ It Too Far’ to Debut Aug. 17 on Max

The Max original stand-up comedy special Tracy Morgan: Takin’ It Too Far will debut Aug. 17 on Max.
Two-time Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock,” “The Last O.G.”) leaves it all on the stage in his first Max stand-up special taped live from the Wilbur Theater in Boston. The comedian unabashedly tackles topics such as dating in his 50s (along with the unexpected side effects that comes with it), his dysfunctional family, attempting to reverse gentrification in Brooklyn, and the very public 2014 car accident that left him with multiple broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, and a substantial settlement. 

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Morgan has been entertaining audiences for 30 years across television, film, and stand-up comedy. He became a household name during his seven year run as a series regular on “Saturday Night Live” and has continued making leaps in his career with another seven year stint portraying the hilariously unpredictable actor Tracy Jordan on the Emmy-nominated sitcom “30 Rock.” He returned to television in 2018 with “The Last O.G.,” which he co-created, executive produced, and starred in for four seasons. Morgan has also been part of some of the most successful animated films in recent years, such as Spirited, Scoob!, Rio, Rio 2 and G-Force. In addition to his Emmy noms, Morgan has been nominated for two NAACP Image Awards.


‘Maria Bamford Stand-Up Spotlight’ Headed to DVD May 9

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the stand-up comedy DVD Maria Bamford Stand-Up Spotlight — featuring two specials from the daytime Emmy-nominated comedian, actress and writer — on May 9.

The two specials include “Weakness Is Her Brand” and “The Special Special Special.”

Bamford is known for “Arrested Development,” “BoJack Horseman” and “Lady Dynamite!” and has regular guest appearances on “Big Mouth,” “Portlandia” and “SpongeBob Squarepants.”

She has won awards at the American Comedy Awards and Montreal Comedy Festival and is embarking on a new tour.

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Sarah Silverman to Appear in HBO/HBO Max Stand-Up Comedy Special in May

Sarah Silverman will return to HBO for her new stand-up comedy special debuting this May on HBO and HBO Max. The comedy special, her second for HBO, will feature all-new material, taped in front of a live audience at The Wilbur Theater in Boston, Mass.

Silverman’s first HBO special, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.
“We absolutely love working with Sarah,” Nina Rosenstein, EVP of HBO programming, said in a statement. “She’s truly one of the all-time greats, and her new special is smart, bold, and as insanely funny as ever.”

“I love working with Nina at HBO,” Silverman said in a statement. “She’s a great support system and we trust each other. She’s got lips, that one.” 

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Silverman is a two-time Emmy-winning comedian, actress, writer and producer. She currently hosts a weekly podcast, “The Sarah Silverman Podcast,” and she recently wrapped production on Netflix’s “Maestro.” On stage, Silverman is currently traveling around North America on her “Sarah Silverman: Grow Some Lips” tour. The previously released Netflix standup special A Speck of Dust, culminated in two Emmy Award nominations and a Grammy Award nomination. Her hour-long HBO standup special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special as well as an additional Primetime Emmy Award and Writers Guild Award nominations. Silverman also appeared in a concert-meets-comedy film Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic. This past Spring, Silverman’s off-Broadway musical adaptation of her 2010 New York Times best-selling memoir The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee had a sold-out run with the Atlantic Theatre Company. Silverman previously hosted the Emmy Award and Writers Guild Award nominated Hulu series “I Love You, America” and continues to lend her voice to several animated series, including “Bob’s Burgers.”

Jim Gaffigan and Mike Birbiglia Stand-Up Double Features on DVD March 28 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release two comedy double features from Comedy Dynamics — Jim Gaffigan Stand-Up Spotlight and Mike Birbiglia Stand-Up Spotlight — on DVD March 28. 

Gaffigan is a six-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, three-time Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is also known for the children’s films Luca and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and makes regular guest appearances on the TV shows “Rick and Morty” and “Bob’s Burgers.” Included in the double feature are the comedy specials “Noble Ape” and “Quality Time.” “Noble Ape” is his sixth hour-long comedy special, in which Gaffigan steers away from the conventional as he faced a medical crisis that hit his family. “Quality Time” is  his seventh comedy special, in which he doesn’t understand why we aren’t more honest about the reasons we don’t want to attend events and at the same time embraces lying to kids.

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Birbiglia is an award-winning stand-up comedian, actor, storyteller, director, producer and writer. He has appeared in the TV shows “Orange Is the New Black,” ‘Broad City,” “Billions” and “Inside Amy Schumer,” and recently appeared in Taylor Swift’s 2022 “Anti-Hero” music video. The longtime comedian has been nominated for numerous comedy and film awards, winning at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Sundance Film Festival and Nantucket Film Festival. The stand-up specials on the DVD include “What I Should Have Said Was Nothing” and “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.” “What I Should Have Said Was Nothing” features a selection of the unique insights and observations culled from Birbiglia’s diary. In “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” Birbiglia shares a lifetime of romantic blunders and misunderstandings.

‘Marlon Wayans: God Loves Me’ Comedy Special to Stream on HBO Max March 2

Comedian Marlon Wayans returns in his third comedy special for HBO Max, Marlon Wayans: God Loves Me, which debuts March 2.
Wayans delivers an hour-long performance, filmed at the Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, unleashing his impressions and physical comedy to address one of the most infamous recent events in pop culture — “the slap” that took place at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony. Wayans weaves anecdotes from his own life with stories about his long-time friends, from divulging his teenage crush on Jada Pinkett Smith, getting humbled by Chris Rock in an early stand-up set, and examining the impact of Will Smith’s long career.  

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“I’m excited to be back in business with HBO Max,” Wayans said in a statement. “We’ve had a lot of success with my last two specials so this will be great. I know HBO Max and the sophisticated team of executives are notorious for being true tastemakers and snobs of comedy, so I am flattered that they found this special to be … special.”


FilmRise Acquires Streaming Rights to ‘Gotham Comedy Live’ Stand-Up Specials

FilmRise is expanding its comedy offering with the acquisition of stand-up specials from “Gotham Comedy Live.” The New York-based distributor June 1 announced it has acquired the SVOD and AVOD streaming rights across the FilmRise Streaming Network, including the FilmRise Comedy app.

The deal includes exclusive expansive AVOD and SVOD rights to 127 Gotham Comedy Live specials. Each special features a highly recognizable stand-up comedian filmed live in front of an audience at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Performers include the best names in comedy including the late Gilbert Gottfried, Janeane Garofalo, Susie Essman, the late Louie Anderson, Margaret Cho, Sandra Bernhard, David Alan Grier, Mario Cantone, Lewis Black and the late Norm Macdonald, among others.

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“Comedy is something we can always enjoy more of,” Max Einhorn, SVP of co-productions and acquisitions for FilmRise, said in a statement. “We are excited to bring laughter to fans old and new of these brilliant comedians through this iconic brand of stand-up.”

The deal was negotiated by Jonitha Keymoore, VP of global content acquisitions at FilmRise, and Ariel Shnerer, VP of business development at Anthem Sports & Entertainment.

Chelsea Handler Stand-Up Special to Stream on HBO Max Oct. 22

Chelsea Handler makes a return to stand-up comedy after a six-year hiatus with HBO Max’s Chelsea Handler: Evolution debuting on the streamer Oct. 22.

During the hourlong special, Handler will share experiences about her family, friendships, and her first foray into therapy — where she unearthed why everyone on this planet annoys her so much. Handler reflects on her personal journey toward self-awareness, assisted by her reliable companion — cannabis.

A six-time No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, Handler filmed the special this summer from her home state of New Jersey on the heels of her most recent bestselling memoir, Life Will Be the Death of MeThe special was filmed in front of a live audience following social distancing and safety protocols.

Netflix streamed its first talk show in 2015 with Chelsea Handler, which lasted two seasons.

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