Shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black are key to Netflix's original programming ambitions, but the company also has a big interest in stand-up comedy. Netflix has already produced a number of comedy specials with talents like Aziz Ansari and Russell Peters for its streaming audience, and today it announced the full slate of what's coming next. Once again, it's a list full of big names including Bill Cosby, Chelsea Handler, Cheslea Peretti, and Bill Burr.
Leading the way is Handler and the previously announced Uganda Be Kidding Me Live special, which will premiere on October 10th. The stage show should serve as a good introduction for any Netflix customers who are unfamiliar with Handler ahead of her upcoming talk show. Set to debut in 2016, the Handler-led program represents one of the company's boldest gambles in original content. Here's what Netflix says you can expect from the stand-up routine:
Using personal photos to enrich her stories and comedy, Handler regales the audience with absurd tales of her global travels and the ridiculous characters in her life, all the while offering her signature unabashed opinions on subjects ranging from her expectations of sexual partners, to the very real problem of dolphin rape.
Chelsea Peretti will follow that up with her own hour-long special on November 14th. And just a couple weeks later, comedy legend Bill Cosby will premiere his own Netflix exclusive on November 28th. Bill Cosby 77 was taped on Cosby's 77th birthday and promises to offer Cosby's wisdom on "relationships, marriage and children" — the same topics that have comprised his routine for decades. Bill Burr rounds out the comedy schedule on December 5th with his fourth hour-long stand-up special. Two of his others are already available to stream on Netflix. Each of the performances will be available starting at 12:01AM PT / 3:01AM ET.