Netflix Dates Stand-Up Specials from Bill Cosby, Bill Burr, Chelsea Peretti & Jim Jefferies

By August 14, 2014

Back in June, we got word that Chelsea Handler had struck a new deal with Netflix for a new talk show, stand-up special, and four documentary specials that will be available exclusively on Netflix. Now four more comedians are jumping on the Netflix ship with their own specials.

The streaming service has announced that Jim Jefferies (“Legit”), Chelsea Peretti (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Bill Burr, and the legendary Bill Cosby will all have new stand-up specials alongside Chelsea Handler’s, all premiering on Netflix practically every month throughout the rest of 2014.

Jim Jefferies

First up will be “Jim Jefferies: BARE,” filmed live at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, and made complete with the comedian’s signature rough-around-the-edges observational humor about topics that include being a new father, orgies, and Neil Diamond. That one will be available on August 29th. Jefferies FX series “Legit” may have only gotten two seasons, but this guy is hilarious – many times inappropriately so.

Chelsea Handler

Then October 10th is when Chelsea Handler’s “Uganda Be Kidding Me Live” special hits Netflix as the culmination of Handler’’s wildly popular international stand-up comedy tour in support of her fifth New York Times bestselling book of the same name. Like all of Handler’s stand-up, it’ll be personal, with a special focus on her global journeys, sexual partners, and the always popular dolphin rape.

Chelsea Peretti

November 14th will see a special called “One of the Greats” coming from deliciously quirky “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” co-star Chelsea Peretti. Deadpan delivery combined with a simultaneously dark and silly sense of humor makes Peretti a standout not just among female performers, but comedians in general. You might have also seen Peretti on shows like “@Midnight’ and “The Kroll Show” on Comedy Central, and if not, then you need to fix that.

Bill Cosby

Just two weeks later on November 28th, Bill Cosby will join the cool kids with his own Netflix special “Bill Cosby 77,” which just so happens to be filmed at the San Francisco Jazz Center on the legendary comic’s 77th birthday. There’s really not much more that needs to be said about someone like Cosby, because his decades of work speak for themselves.

Bill Burr

Finally, the stellar Bill Burr rounds out 2014 with “I’m Sorry You Feel That Way” on December 5th. His fourth hour-long special sees him discussing an escape from the zombie apocalypse in his getaway helicopter, exploring how nothing ruins great sex like a romantic comedy, and explaining how too many childhood hugs may be the downfall of mankind. Those all sound like great topics as only Bill Burr can deliver.

All of these comedy specials debut at 12:01am on their respective release dates and prove that Netflix is serious about their comedy slate after releasing several specials this year, including Aziz Ansari’s latest. The streaming service continues to broaden its horizons, and we’re glad to see them giving attention to stand-up comedy the way HBO has done in the past, maybe even moreso than the cable network does now.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • Didn’t know Cosby was going to be doing another special! Very cool.