Bill Cosby coming to Netflix with new comedy special

By Daniel S Levine,

HBO used to be the place to go for uncensored stand-up comedy specials, but now Netflix is taking that role. The streaming service announced four new comedy specials, including one from legend Bill Cosby.

The growing comedy stable will build on the foundation set up by Chelsea Handler in June. The former Chelsea Lately host will make her Netflix debut with Uganda Be Kidding Me on Oct. 10. That will be followed by four more specials and a talk show launching in 2016.

Today’s announcement includes new specials from Cosby, Jim Jefferies (Legit), Bill Burr (The Heat) and Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).

Jefferies’ special Jim Jefferies: BARE will be first, launching on Aug. 29. Handler will be up next, followed by Peretti’s One of the Greats on Nov. 14. Cosby’s Bill Cosby 77 will be available on Nov. 28. Burr is up last with I'm Sorry You Feel That Way on Dec. 5.

Each special will only be available on Netflix.

“We are thrilled to bring this diverse slate of talent and their unique, multi-faceted and hilarious points of view exclusively to our members around the world,” Lisa Nishimura, vice president of original documentary and comedy programming at Netflix, said in a statement.

This is just the latest step in Cosby’s return to a more active role in the entertainment industry. After a recent Comedy Central special, he is about to make his return to series television. That show could premiere sometime next year.

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