Stage fright is something a lot of comics have talked about going through, no matter how seasoned they may be. The whole notion that an audience is waiting for you to say something can be a daunting one for sure. Hell, even someone like Jerry Seinfeld exposed the vulnerable side of himself in Comedian. It’s a feeling all comedians go through at one time or another.
Jenny Slate has decided to not only put all of that on front street, but to make that the underlining theme for her new special, Stage Fright, which just had the trailer drop today.
Jenny Slate may be remembered by some for saying f*ck in her first sketch on Saturday Night Live, but her talents go far beyond that. She starred in the film Obvious Child, which also displayed some of the same nervous feelings that we get from the trailer for the special. The film wound up being a critically acclaimed hit after debuting at Sundance in 2014.
The trailer seems like the special, much like Gary Gulman’s special, will be a blend of stand up and pseudo-documentary. We are in a time when the show doesn’t just start or stop onstage. It’s an event, and so is everything that is built around the show. You can get a better feeling for who a person is by seeing the drastic contrast between who they are onstage and offstage, and seeing everything that they put into it. By pulling back the curtain, the picture can become more vibrant and hasn’t seemed to alter the jokes in any way so far.
Stage Fright debuts on Netflix on October 22nd.