Among streaming services, Netflix is the absolute king in stand-up comedy specials. Specials from Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Seth Meyers, Jerry Seinfeld, Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, and many others are part of the streamer’s robust roster.
But HBO Max wants to challenge that position. The WarnerMedia’s streaming service picked up stand-up specials from established stars Tracy Morgan and John Early, and rising talents, Rose Matafeo and Ahir Shah.
HBO Max is set to launch in May but the premiere dates of the specials were not announced.
“We are incredibly proud to showcase this expansive range of comedic talent on HBO Max,” Suzanna Makkos, executive Vice President of Original Comedy and Animation HBO Max, said in a statement. “From legends to newcomers, this impressive slate of specials will complement the library of premium stand-up specials that HBO has become known for.”
Early and Morgan have a long-standing relationship with WarnerMedia, HBO Max’s parent company. Morgan appears on TBS’ The Last OG, and Early is part of the former-TBS-now-HBO Max comedy, ‘Search Party.’ Matafeo will star in Starstruck, a six-part comedy that will premiere on the streamer.
The four hour-long stand-up shows are not the first comedy specials HBO Max announced. Previously, a couple of Conan O’Brien specials that would feature short performances from rising comics were announced. He’s also set to produce three hour-long specials from comedians that haven’t been announced.