Great news for improv fans! Today, it’s been announced that Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz are bringing their comedy pairing up to Netflix with three new improvised specials.
“We know it’s crazy times,” Middleditch wrote on Twitter, “but please allow something to take your mind off it for just a minute. Ben and I filmed long-form improv comedy specials for Netflix. Three of them. All different. All completely made up on the spot. We just got on stage and totally improvised three hour long shows with like nine cameras and a lovely NYC audience. They’re going to be released on April 21st and right now you can add it to your list.”
Below are the synopsis for the three improv specials.
“Middleditch & Schwartz: Dream Job
The story of two friends, one of whom has an important job interview which spirals into an existential crisis involving photography, The New York Times and JFK airport bathroom stalls. By the end of a hilarious turn of events, Kyle is Saussin, Saussin is Kyle, neither have their dream job, but both know what it means to truly embody a Gazelle.“
“Middleditch & Schwartz: Law School Magic
What starts as a dreaded final exam for a group of first year law students quickly turns into a test of human morality as the duo encounters an alien, contemplates child abandonment, and dabbles in a bit of magic. “The Breakfast Club” meets “The Chronicles of Narnia” in this imaginary class’ quest to learn the difference between paper and digital contracts.”
“Middleditch & Schwartz: Parking Lot Wedding
Emotions are high in the events leading up to and during a wedding where the priest, a ghost, and the bride and groom’s parents are as loose as a caboose. Follow Thomas and Ben down the aisle as they concoct a compelling scenario — the tale of sixth grade lovers, a robbery-gone-wrong, and the ultimate test of true love.”
Save for 2016’s The Characters, longform improv seems to be the most glaring comedic omission from Netflix’s long line of original programming. So between these new specials and Bert Kreischer’s upcoming improv series, we’re very glad to see that’s all about to change.
Middleditch & Schwartz is coming is coming to @netflix on 4/21 with three completely improvised comedy specials.
In one month you can watch Thomas and I perform long form improv from the comfort of your own quarantined home. @netflixisajoke pic.twitter.com/GCbv5binKM
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) March 23, 2020