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Comedians of the World

Network: Netflix

Series Premiere: January 1, 2019

Watch it on Netflix: 47 exciting new stand-up talents are brought together from every corner of the world for Netflix’s latest attempt to set the standard for the comedy special. In the last few years, Netflix has become the go-to for inventive, expressive, and hilarious standup comedy routines. Normally a staple of late-night television to throw on when you’ve had a few and nothing else is on, the streaming service has unlocked the potential of a medium usually reserved for insomniac teens trawling YouTube when everyone else is asleep. Recently, Netflix has boosted the careers of John Mulaney and Ali Wong, given a platform to James Acaster’s bumbling experimentation, and witnessed the long-awaited comeback for Dave Chappelle. Hannah Gadsby’s brave and brawny Nanette was the highlight, nothing less than a cultural shift in the way we perceive the standup monologue. Netflix are now pushing their innovation a few steps further, granting half an hour on stage to a variety of fresh comedians from around the globe. Promising to change the world of comedy, it’s certainly an exciting, potentially star-making opportunity for a number of underrepresented comedic styles.

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