Welcome to Comedy Now, a weekly column cataloging what comedy fans should know about what’s available in the streaming world. Whether it’s a brand new special, an old classic, or the oddball show that defies categorization, we’ll list as many as we can for your enjoyment right here. Who knows? We may even throw in a few non-streamable bits on occasion, like tour announcements from our favorite comics. You can check out last week’s column here.
Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (HBO)
Mike Birbiglia‘s second film as a director, Don’t Think Twice, is fantastic for many reasons that have nothing to do with comedy, including the gravitas of ensemble cast member Keegan-Michael Key. The whole cast is good, but Chris Gethard — improv prodigy and host of the cult classic The Chris Gethard Show — is another particular standard, even if his contribution got a bit overshadowed. As New York Magazine argued following the aforementioned show’s phenomenal “One Man’s Trash” episode, such has been Gethard’s curse for much of his career. Hence why the 36-year-old comic turned his frustrations into a phenomenal one-man show, Career Suicide, which debuts May 6th at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. (Which means you’ve got three and a half weeks to order HBO.)
T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous (HBO)
You might as well keep your HBO subscription (if you don’t already have one), because Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller’s first stand-up special, Meticulously Ridiculous premieres June 17th at 10 pm ET/PT on the premium network. Miller, who recently spoke with Uproxx about his new Comedy Central late night program, The Gorburger Show, has been hinting about the new special for years. “My new stand-up is all about time theory, time as a deity, post-religious society and instant mathematical loops,” he said in a 2015 interview. As a result, Miller worries the divide between his comedy routine and what Silicon Valley viewers are used to may alienate some audiences. “It’s decidedly different, and people will either like it, be really confused, or not care at all.”
Chelsea — Season 2 (Netflix)
As exciting as the prospect of a streaming talk show seemed, Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea looks as if it might have been less successful than Netflix had hoped. Or at least that’s how it appears since the dominant streaming service doesn’t release viewing numbers but it did announce in February that Handler’s show would be reduced from three half-hour episodes to one one-hour episode per week. Hence why the second season premiere of Chelsea, which streams April 14th, will be an hour long an unaccompanied by additional episodes until the following week. Whether or not you enjoyed the first season or Handler’s previous program, Chelsea Lately, it’s difficult to deny their importance to the stand-up comedians the host frequently invites onto the show.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (Netflix)
Like Chelsea, Mystery Science Theater 3000 isn’t technically “new.” Then again, the former is debuting a second, reworked season and the latter is totally rebooting a treasured television series from the late ’80s and ’90s. So in that sense, MST3K‘s return is completely new, as are many of the stand-up comedians and comic actors who populate the new cast. From Jonah Ray of Nerdist fame to alternate comedy legend Patton Oswalt, the new MST3K boasts an impressive array of comics — both in front of and behind the camera.