HBO seems to be doing some really impressive things with stand-up specials lately. Last year, for example, they did Gary Gulman’s The Great Depresh. In that special, there was this mix of stand-up comedy with documentary-like narrative that brought you even closer to understanding who the person onstage was. And that blend not only allowed you to understand the person more, but it made the stories he was telling hit on a whole different and fresh level.
With the new trailer for Whitmer Thomas’s first special, it feels like it will be more of that new sub-genre of comedy specials. As he paces the stage looking like he just rolled out of bed, you get the feeling that you are venturing into someone’s life and experiencing it on the inside. It’s an interesting balance that we really hope works out here as it had in Gulman’s special.
Whitmer Thomas The Golden One premieres on HBO February 22nd at 10pm ET.