Hulu Dives Into Stand-Up With Monthly Specials

Hulu is joining several of its fellow streaming services in the stand-up comedy game.

The Disney-owned platform is launching a monthly series of stand-up specials under the banner “Hulu’s Laughing Now.” Jim Gaffigan will headline the first special, which is scheduled to premiere on Nov. 22, he announced from the stage at Disney’s upfront presentation on Tuesday.

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“With the launch of ‘Hulu’s Laughing Now,’ we are excited to round out Hulu’s world-class comedy offering with a lineup of some of the funniest voices in stand-up comedy today,” said Disney Television Group president Craig Erwich in a statement. “Our slate is a true celebration of the art of stand-up, and we plan to make this a best-in-class destination for comedic talent through partnerships with other areas of The Walt Disney Company, bringing these comedians into our family in a meaningful way.”

Gaffigan’s special will be his 11th televised set — and he’s making something of a tour of streaming services, having previously done specials for Prime Video (which was also the first for that platform) and Netflix. It was taped earlier this year at the Wilbur Theater in Boston.

Leading up to the premiere of Gaffigan’s special in November, Hulu will also add a set of licensed stand-up specials to its library, ranging from classics to new sets from production companies 800 Pound Gorilla and Comedy Dynamics.

Additional comedians and specials for “Hulu’s Laughing Now” will be announced closer to their premiere dates.

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