10:00am PT by Rick Porter
Amazon Will Sweep 2020 Out the Door With Comedy Special
Amazon is ready to lay 2020 to rest.
The streamer has ordered a comedy special called Yearly Departed that will feature a lineup of women comics eulogizing things they lost in the past year, ranging from casual sex to beige Band-Aids. Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens) is set to host the special. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan, who has a first-look deal at Amazon Studios, is among its executive producers and will also appear.
"I'm ready to put 2020 on fire like I'm barbecuing at a Black family reunion," said Robinson. "All kidding aside, the world is beyond stressful and confusing, so I'm honored to help take everyone's minds off the heaviness with some much-needed comedy while wearing a fresh wig."
The special comes from Amazon Studios, Done + Dusted and We the Women. Jimmy Kimmel Live veteran Bess Kalb will serve as head writer, and Linda Mendoza (Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready) will direct.
"I can't imagine a better way to lay this unfathomably awful year to rest than giving some of the world’s funniest women the last word," said Brosnahan. "I'm grateful to our partners at Amazon Prime Video, We the Women, Bess Kalb and Done + Dusted for breathing life into our funeral and giving us all the opportunity to collectively heal through laughter."
Added Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, "Given the events of 2020, we can’t wait to toast its departure with this group of hilarious women, led by the incredible Rachel Brosnahan. Rachel, Bess, and the Done + Dusted team have come together with Phoebe Robinson to bring us some much needed laughter as this year finally ends."
Brosnahan and Kalb executive produce Yearly Departed with Paige Simpson, David Jammy, Katy Mullan, Samantha Ressler and Nathalie Love.