8:06am PT by Kate Stanhope, Ashley Lee
Amy Schumer Sets Netflix Stand-Up Special
Amy Schumer is headed to Netflix.
The comedian's next stand-up special will launch globally on the platform March 7. The special was taped Nov. 5 at Denver’s Bellco Theatre.
"Very happy to be a part of the Netflix family for this special,” said Schumer in a statement. “Maybe now they will look at my Stranger Things audition tape to play the demogorgon for Season 2."
Schumer is the latest high-profile stand-up comedian to make the move to Netflix. Last year, the streaming giant paid $40 million for two new specials from Chris Rock. Later, the company also made a pact for three Dave Chappelle specials, which will mark his first TV stand-up specials in 12 years. Like Schumer, Chappelle broke through on Comedy Central thanks to his hit sketch series Chappelle's Show.
The deal is particularly notable as Schumer is a Comedy Central name — her hit series Inside Amy Schumer is currently on hiatus. Over the summer, while promoting her best-selling memoir, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, Schumer caused a stir when she said on Twitter, "We aren't making the show anymore," in reference to her Comedy Central series. However, she later clarified her comments, saying the show was on an extended hiatus and would not be back for "the foreseeable future." Comedy Central renewed Inside Amy Schumer in January 2016 for a fifth season set to premiere sometime in 2017.
Schumer's most recent stand-up special, Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, aired on HBO in 2015. It was directed by Chris Rock.
"As a comedian, actress, writer, director, producer and best-selling author, Amy Schumer is a boundless threat and a one-of-a-kind talent. We couldn’t be more excited that she’s making Netflix her home for her next stand-up comedy special,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix.
"Totally fearless and always hilarious, Amy Schumer's bold and singular voice in comedy is a brilliant match for Netflix and our global comedy fans," said Lisa Nishimura, vp original documentary and comedy, Netflix.
In addition to the special, Schumer's upcoming projects Jason Hall's PTSD drama Thank You for Your Service, Fox's mother-daughter comedy Snatched, with Goldie Hawn, and Sony's live-action Barbie movie.