Ali Wong inks deal with Netflix for two new stand-up specials
James R | On 04, Dec 2019
Actress, comedian, and writer Ali Wong has inked a deal to bring her next two standup comedy specials to Netflix.
Wong is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, now living in Los Angeles. Her first Netflix stand-up special Baby Cobra was filmed when she was seven months pregnant. She soon after became a very popular Halloween costume, as fans, both male and female, dressed up in Wong’s iconic red glasses, black-and-white striped dress and pregnant belly. The Smithsonian has asked Wong to donate the actual dress, shoes and necklace she wore in the Baby Cobra to the Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Ali’s second stand-up special, Hard Knock Wife premiered on Netflix on Mother’s Day, 2018. Her feature film, Always Be My Maybe, which she co-wrote and co-stars in, debuted on Netflix May 2019 to wide critical acclaim. In the first four weeks, it was seen by 32 million viewers. This Halloween, fans have continued to dress up as Wong in the striped dress, in the leopard dress and as her character, Sasha Tran, from Always Be My Maybe.
She has proven an equal sensation live: tickets to see Wong headline are now known to sell out within two minutes. She recently sold out an unprecedented 13 shows at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. She is currently on her Milk & Money stand-up tour that continues to sell out nationwide. Her book DEAR GIRLS: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life was released October 2019 and became an instant New York Times Bestseller.
Robbie Praw, director of original standup comedy programming at Netflix, says: “Ali is electric. She offers a completely distinct voice in the culture, and audiences all over the world have responded to her raw, unfiltered humor. We’re so proud to make Netflix the home of her comedy specials for years to come.”
The first of her two Netflix specials will launch in 2020.