Netflix Adds Bill Cosby Stand-Up Special to Comedy Lineup

Internet SVOD service also acquires rights to live performances by comedians Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti

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Netflix announced four new exclusive stand-up comedy specials today, including one from Bill Cosby shot last month, which will join the previously announced Chelsea Handler hourlong comedy special debuting in October.

The video-streaming service over the next four months will debut the stand-up specials from Cosby, Handler, Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti, which will be available in all territories Netflix offers service.

The Cosby special, “Bill Cosby 77,” was taped at the SF Jazz Center in San Francisco on the actor-comedian’s 77th birthday on July 12. Directed by Robert Townsend, the concert will premiere on Netflix at 12:01 am Pacific on Friday, Nov. 28. “I thank @Netflix for this opportunity to show my talent all around the internet,” Cosby tweeted.

“Jim Jefferies, Chelsea Handler, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti are some of the funniest comedians of our time who will have our viewers in stitches,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s VP of original documentary and comedy programming.

Handler’s “Uganda Be Kidding Me Live,” premiering Oct. 10, comes to Netflix under the multiyear pact the comedienne signed with the company centered on a talk show she is set to host starting in 2016. Handler is leaving NBCUniversal’s E! after seven years, with the final episode of “Chelsea Lately” set to air on the cabler Aug. 26.

“Jim Jefferies: BARE” will premiere on Netflix Friday, Aug. 29. Filmed live at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre, the special follows the comedian’s live “Day Streaming Tour” and is a follow up to his three previous stand-up performances, “Jim Jefferies: Fully Functional” (currently available to stream on Netflix); “Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God” (available on Netflix DVD); and “Jim Jefferies: Alcoholocaust.” In addition, the first season of Jefferies’ comedy series “Legit” is now streaming on Netflix.

Peretti’s hour-long “One of the Greats,” debuting on Netflix Nov. 14, was shot at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Peretti, one of Variety‘s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2010, costars on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine Nine.”

Bill Burr’s “I’m Sorry You Feel That Way” (premiering Dec. 5), filmed at Atlanta’s Tabernacle, is the comedian’s fourth hour-long stand-up special. Two of Burr’s prior concerts are streaming on Netflix: “You People Are All the Same” and “Let It Go.” Burr’s comedy special “Why Do I Do This” is available by Netflix DVD.