8:37am PT by Alex Ritman
Amazon Sets Stand-Up Specials, Featuring U.K.-Based Comics Like 'Catastrophe' Creator Rob Delaney
Amazon is bolstering its attack as it looks to challenge Netflix on the stand-up stage, this time collaborating with British comedy powerhouse Avalon on a batch of new specials.
The six-strong collection is set to be recorded throughout 2019 and released on Prime Video starting in late August.
Among the names included are Catastrophe star and co-creator Rob Delaney, Chris Ramsey, Ed Gamble, Flo & Joan, Jayde Adams and Paul Chowdhry.
The comedians are all signed to Avalon, which produces Catastrophe and is behind the upcoming FX/Sky sitcom Breeders, starring Martin Freeman and written by Simon Blackwell (Veep, The Personal History of David Copperfield).
Netflix has dominated the SVOD comedy landscape, but Amazon's entry onto the circuit is set to kick off Aug. 16 with a new show from Jim Gaffigan. That will be followed by specials from Alonzo Bodden, #IMomSoHard, Alice Wetterlund and Mike E. Winfield.