Sarah Silverman is the latest comedian to join Netflix’s star-studded line-up of stand-up comedy specials.
Stand-up comedy has long been a favourite of the streaming giant, with a whole host of names recording shows to be released on the VOD service, often those involved in Netflix’s other original programmes.
The idea of streaming comedy shows to your living room certainly seems to be catching on – last year, NextUp, a new subscription VOD service, launched with a focus entirely on stand-up comedy recordings. As if in retaliation, though, Netflix has notably stepped up its stand-up game in recent months, with a string of record-breaking deals bringing big names to its comedy arsenal. Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle will both make their high-profile return to the stage on Netflix, while Amy Schumer will also record a new stand-up special.
Now, they will be joined by another comedy star: Sarah Silverman.
The comedian, whose career has moved between acting and comedy, has consistently drawn acclaim for her work. In 2009, she was nominated for an Emmy for her lead role in her Comedy Central series, The Sarah Silverman Program, while her stand-up special on HBO in 2013 (Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles) won a prime time Emmy and bagged nominations from both the the Writers Guild and the Grammys.
Silverman’s special will shoot later this month, directed by Liam Lynch, and will be released on Netflix worldwide on 30th May.