Netflix will not rest until every gigantic comedy superstar has an hour special- even comedians who you thought were done with the stand up stage. The latest announcement comes via Twitter. Ellen DeGeneres, daytime talk show superstar will return to her stand up roots and perform at least one hour special for Netflix. There’s no official announcement yet from Netflix, but we’re assuming this one’s already signed and sealed, and it’s just a matter of waiting on the details.
It’s been 14 years since DeGeneres’ last stand up special. Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now, and Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning (2000) were both recorded for HBO.
Netflix has been cornering the market in signing big stars to do hour specials- luring in comedians who have moved on from stand up to focus on other things, with lucrative deals. Major comedians like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld and Kevin James have agreed to put out their first stand up specials in many years, thanks to the lure of Netflix. Louis C.K. and Amy Schumer also signed deals with the streaming giant.
If there is any chance of seeing Jay Leno, David Letterman, Albert Brooks or Eddie Murphy get back up there, Netflix will make it happen.
Looks like it's been 15 years since you did a stand-up special, @TheEllenShow. How about one for Netflix?
— Netflix US (@netflix) May 24, 2017
Let me think about it. Ok I'm in. https://t.co/kUAdHyXAjS
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 24, 2017