Comedy Now: Drew Michael’s Self-Titled HBO Special Is One To Watch

08.24.18 11 months ago

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HBO’s Drew Michael is unlike anything else

Earlier this summer, word spread of a new HBO comedy special that, among other things, did not include a live audience. On Saturday, Drew Michael premieres and, sure enough, there is no audience to be found. As a result, there is no one else to laugh along with, so whether you decide to watch it alone or with a group of people, just know that the only audience responses you will ever hear (or not) will be your own. “Done this way, it’s alive on its own,” Michael told Uproxx in an interview. “It makes you complicit. It’s on you. There is no surrogate reaction system happening here.”

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