There are a lot of comedy specials planned to come out. With the year almost half over, here is a list of some of the comedy specials that we are looking forward to seeing before 2023. Some of these specials have already been shot, and some don’t even have an officially announced title yet. All of these ten specials are worth getting excited about.
Cristela Alonzo: Middle Classy
This special, recorded back in January of this year, is a follow up of Alonzo’s previous special, Lower Classy. Alonzo is a major creative and comedic force, having created and starred in her own sitcom, Cristela. Her first special dealt with her upbringing, growing up in poverty and being raised by a single mother. Her new special promises to show more of her frank and hilarious takes on her life. According to Netflix, the special will cover Alonzo’s experiences “Learning English from The Price is Right, getting COVID on her birthday and how money really can buy happiness.” The special will be streaming on Netflix on June 28th.
Todd Barry: TBD
The last time we got a Todd Barry stand-up special was in the far distant past of 2017, with the Netflix release Spicy Honey. The world’s changed a lot since then, but Barry’s offbeat, deadpan humor is still making us laugh. His new special was recorded at the famous Den Theater in Chicago on August 24th. While a title and release date have not yet been given, we’re hopeful that we will be able to stream it soon.
Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks
Just a few days ago, Bill Burr announced his next special, Live at Red Rocks. Burr is currently one of the biggest comedians in the world and this special is just the latest in a long string of comedy specials for the streaming giant Netflix.
His announcement of the special came in the form of a short video to his social media, in which he promises “a whole new hour of ignorance, showing how little I’ve grown throughout the years.” We’re looking forward to the special, coming out in just a few weeks on July 12.
Whitney Cummings: Touch Me
Following up on the success of her tour of the same name, Whitney Cummings announced that material from the tour will be turned into a comedy special. Cummings has managed to build a name for herself through a comedy career spanning 18 years. This will be her fifth stand-up special, and judging from her previous output, this special is something to look forward to. Fans of Cummings have had to wait since 2019 for a new hour, and while there is no word yet on a release date, the special has been filmed. Keep an eye out for more information.
Jim Gaffigan: TBD
Jim Gaffigan just can’t stop. Just last December he released Comedy Monster and already he has another one in the works and this is one that you still have time to go to the taping for, if that’s your type of thing. The special is set to be filmed at the Straz Center in Tampa, Florida on October 15th. It’s part of Gaffigan’s “Fun Tour,” which has been the comedians excited return to touring. His comedy often surrounds slice-of-life stories, especially fatherhood and food. Unlike many other comedians, Gaffigan has already released a special since COVID had its global impact, so it will be interesting to see what this release brings.
Chelsea Handler: TBD
Chelsea Handler may be best known to many for her various wildly successful talk shows. However, the comedian has a long history of stand up and has released several specials already. Just two years ago she released Evolution for HBO Max. Now she is preparing for another release. On June 10th, her currently untitled special was taped at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Handler stated that she talks in the special about her budding romantic relationship with comedian Jo Koy, who also will produce the special and (spoilers) appears in this list as well.
Jo Koy: TBD
Told you! Jo Koy has also recently recorded his own special. Filmed at the Forum in Inglewood on March 25th and 26th, it will be his fourth comedy special for Netflix. The special was filmed as part of his Funny is Funny world tour.
Koy seems to be doing everything recently. He wrote and starred in the pilot of his own sitcom, Josep, starred in the upcoming film Easter Sunday and released his memoir, Mixed Plate. Koy consistently delivers, so we are excited to see what this new special brings. As of now, a release date has not been given.
Sam Morril: TBD
We’re very excited for Sam Morril’s new special. As of now, not a lot of information has been given. No title, no release date. But the special, which was directed by James Webb, and was filmed at the Den Theatre in Chicago from June 9th-11th. Morril has been killing it with his podcast with comedian Mark Normand We Might Be Drunk, being interviewed on That’s My Time with David Letterman, and back in 2020 with his special Up On the Roof. We still don’t know where the special will be streaming from, but if his last special is anything to go by, we can guess it will be dropped straight to Youtube. Hopefully we’ll get more information soon.
Ari Shaffir: Jew
This special is a long time coming. We’ve written in the past about the reason the originally planned taping back in 2020 didn’t happen. At this point, Shaffir has had five years to workshop and perfect his material. Shaffir’s comedy often delves into areas others would consider taboo, leading to comedy that feels altogether unexplored and hilarious. The special was filmed at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn on June 11th and 12th. No word yet on release date or where to stream it.
Mike Vecchione: TBD
Mike Vecchione is a comedy veteran and a late night talk show staple. His second and most recent stand-up album The Worst Kind of Thoughtful released back in 2018, and we’ve been eagerly looking forward to the follow-up. This new show, which is produced and directed by fellow comedian Nate Bargatze, was filmed April 19th at Zanies in Nashville. Hopefully we will find out a release date and title soon.