Last July Netflix debuted their new series- The Stand Ups- a supplement to their weekly release of comedy hour specials. The series spotlights six comedians with six half hour specials, and Friday Netflix announced the six who will make you laugh in the second installation of the series.
Gina Yashere, Rachel Feinstein, Kyle Kinane, Aparna Nancherla, Joe List, and Brent Morin will all be able to credit themselves with having a Netflix special, but in case you think the half hour is meant to be some kind of middle step to hour specialdom- Brent Morin has already released an hour with the streaming giant, and Feinstein, Kinane and Yashere already have hour specials on other platforms.
All six comics announced their new specials through their social media platforms on Friday, and you already know who all of them are, but if you don’t, here’s the dirt.
Gina Yashere’s last hour special debuted on Seeso, performed in front of a crowd of 2000 at the UK’s O2 Academy. The London born, Nigerian comedian is a black, English, female, African, gay comic, explaining why her special was called Ticking Boxes. She’s ballsy as anyone with actual balls, and strong and funny and earned herself a spot at Montreal’s beloved Nasty Show a few years back. You’ve seen her on the Nightly Show with Larry Willmore, a Last Comic Standing top 10 finalist, Crashing, Conan, Search Party and more.
Rachel Feinstein runs with the Shu-pack; that’s Amy Schumer’s crew and in fact, Schumer presented Feinstein’s 2016 Comedy Central Hour Special, Only Whores Wear Purple. You’ve seen her on Red Oaks, Inside Amy Schumer, The View, The Nightly Show, Last Comic Standing, and she co-hosted a season of Trutv’s Upload with Shaquille O’Neal. Read more about Rachel in an edition of Who What Where When and Why right here on The IBang, or check her out on a recent episode of our podcast, Gail Meets Girls on iTunes.
We’ve described Kyle Kinane is a hard-working, hard-drinking, punk rocking LA-by-way-of-Chicago comedian. You konw him from his debut album Death of the Party, his 2012 Comedy Central special Whiskey Icarus his 2015 special I Liked His Old Stuff Better, and his legendary appearance on Drunk History, and from Those Who Can’t on truTV. He’s always touring and he’s got two hour-specials, a Tonight Show appearance and a few Conan’s under his belt. He’s also the voice on Comedy Central that tells you South Park is next– actually you’ve heard his voice show up on practically every one of your favorite animated shows.
Joe List is one of our favorite stand up comedians, and he kills on stage every night whether he’s on the road or gracing New York City’s best stages, or opening for Louis C.K. in the biggest venues on the planet. Joe was a Top Ten finalist on Last Comic Standing and his Comedy Central The Half Hour premiered the next month and he’s a regular on SiriusXM’s Bennington show. But all that is almost overshadowed by the runaway train that is Tuesdays’ With Stories, his weekly podcast with co-host Mark Normand.
Everyone in comedy loves Aparna Nancherla. she’s smart, really funny, and her stand up is so unlike anyone else performing today. Tig Notaro chose Aparna to be the first artist released on her new label with her debut album Just Putting it Out There. Nancherla has been named one of the 10 Comics to Watch by Variety, and you’ve seen her on Inside Amy Schumer, on Comedy Central, Judd Apatow’s Love on HBO, she was picked to take the stage with Sarah Silverman for a Sarah Silverman and Friends performance at BAM and she’s written for some of the smartest shows in the biz including Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.
Best known as Justin on NBC’s groundbreaking series Undateable, Brent Morin is now back full time to killing on stand up stages. He released an hour special with Netflix in 2015 titled I Am Brent Morin. And he absolutely killed on stage in Montreal this year at Just For Laughs.
The first run of The Standups put a spotlight on Dan Soder (SiriusXM’s The Bonfire, Showtime’s Billions), Nikki Glaser (Not Safe with Nikki Glaser), Nate Bargatze (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), Deon Cole (Black-ish), Fortune Feimster (The Mindy Project), and Beth Stelling (Red Oaks). All six are available to stream on Netflix now.
“The Standups” series two will air in 2018.