*Netflix on Thursday announced it will add a new Bill Cosby standup special to its subscription streaming-video service.
“Bill Cosby 77” was taped at the San Francisco Jazz Center on July 12, 2014, the comedian’s 77th birthday. The one-hour special will become available on November 28.
According to CNET.com, the move is part of Netflix’s ambition to follow the path of HBO, a home not only to movies but also edgy series, documentary, and stand-up specials. Time Warner’s HBO, along with Viacom’s Comedy Central, are among a small sect of power players in television comedy specials in the US, and Netflix last year said it would be widening its original strategy beyond series to “broadly appealing” feature documentaries and specials.
Netflix announced three other one-hour comedy specials to premiere exclusively on its service this year. Australian comic Jim Jefferies’ show “Jim Jefferies: BARE” will be available August 29, and “Brooklyn 99” star Chelsea Peretti’s “One of the Greats” will debut November 14. Bill Burr’s special, “I’m Sorry You Feel That Way,” comes December 5.
The company has already announced multiple additions to its comedy slate previously. Comedian Aziz Ansari said Netflix would be releasing his next special on November 1, Canadian comic Russell Peters’ 70-minute stand-up special “Notorious” will be available on Netflix on October 14, and Chelsea Handler will premiere a one-hour stand-up comedy performance based on her tour “Uganda Be Kidding Me” on the service October 10.