Fresh off his role in The King of Staten Island, which comes out tomorrow, comedian Ricky Velez has been tapped to do his first hour stand-up special with Judd Apatow executive producing.
“My family couldn’t afford HBO when I was a kid, so we stole it. Now I get to be on it,” said Velez in a statement. “This is such an honor, thank you Nina Rosenstein and HBO for this insane opportunity. Also, Judd, who has been a true mentor and supportive in every way possible.”
“We love Ricky’s stand up and his comedic honesty. We couldn’t be happier to be doing his first hour special with him,” Executive VP or HBO programming Nina Rosenstein said in a statement.
“I met Ricky Velez when he acted in, and co-produced, The King Of Staten Island,” said Apatow in his own statement. “He is a brilliantly funny and insightful comedic voice. I am so excited to get to work with him on his first HBO special.”
In addition to his work in The King of Staten Island, New York based Velez was a correspondent on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and also made appearances on Crashing, Master of None, and This Week at the Comedy Cellar. In 2015, Variety named Velez as one of their annual ten comics to watch.
Alongside Apatow, Jon Kamen, Meredith Bennett, Neal Marshall and Dave Sirulnick will also be serving as producers. Mike Bonfiglio (who has previously worked with Apatow on his documentaries on Garry Shandling and The Avery Brothers for HBO) will direct the special and produce with Josh Church.
The special will be filmed later this year, so we expect to be looking forward to seeing it sometime in 2021.