Stand-up comedy has had a phenomenal year in 2017, with dozens upon dozens of comedians — both new and old — debuting specials. That brings us to December, which has slated a handful of select hour-longs from Daily Show contributors to top feature film comedy producers.
Orny Adams kicked things off on Dec. 1 with his new special More Than Loud. Taped on Sept. 9 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, the hour-long sees the comedian lashing out on a host of topics including gender, over population and more. The following day, Dec. 2 saw the premiere of Michelle Wolf’s debut stand-up special Nice Lady on HBO — recorded at NYC’s Skirball Center back in August with Neal Brennan sitting in as director.
Dec. 5 will mark the Netflix debut of Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight. The special was recorded at the 2017 rendition of Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and sees Ferguson discussing sobriety, social media and his love-hate of magicians, among other things. Judd Apatow: The Return, coincidentally also recorded at this year’s Just For Laughs Fest in Montreal, drops on Netflix on Dec. 12. The debut stand-up special breaks a 25-year stage hiatus for the Knocked Up writer-director.
Russell Howard premieres his new hour-long Recalibrate on Netflix on Dec. 19, exactly one week prior to Todd Barry’s debut of Spicy Honey aka the perfect post-Christmas entertainment. Closing out 2017 is Dave Chappelle, who’s new hour-long Equanimity fulfills the comedian’s three-special commitment with Netflix.
Stand-up comedy specials premiering in December 2017
December 01 – Orny Adams: More Than Loud – Showtime
December 02 – Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady – HBO
December 05 – Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight – Netflix
December 12 – Judd Apatow: The Return – Netflix
December 19 – Russell Howard: Recalibrate – Netflix
December 26 – Todd Barry: Spicy Honey – Netflix
December 31 – Dave Chappelle: Equanimity – Netflix