• Amazon picks Jim Gaffigan as first original comedy special

    Jim Gaffigan will release his next stand-up special, Quality Time, on Amazon Prime Video later this year. Gaffigan’s seventh taped hour will be Amazon’s first foray into producing comedy specials. The Jim Gaffigan Show star will record Quality Time at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on March 9.

    “I am so honored to be Amazon’s first original stand-up special,” said Gaffigan. “This is going to be exciting.”

    Amazon’s entrance into stand-up comedy comes after Netflix’s established dominance as the King of Comedy. The streaming giant produced dozens of original hour-long specials in 2018 and launched multiple showcase series like The Lineup, The Standups, and The Degenerates. HBO, previously the go-to place for the best comedians to drop their hour, put out just two hour-long specials last year: one from Drew Morgan and one from Pete Holmes. There’s no denying Netflix runs the comedy game now. Amazon will have a lot of work to do to compete, and snagging one of America’s most accessible comics may prove a wise decision.  

    Gaffigan has released specials on multiple platforms over the span of his career. Beyond the Pale and King Baby came out as DVDs from Comedy Central Records and would frequently run on the network. Even before then, the Fat Dad author would do half-hour specials on the comedy channel. In 2012, he sold Mr.Universe for $5 on his website (remember when that ‘the thing’ to do?), and subsequently became available on Netflix. Obsessed and Cinco are Netflix Originals. Noble Ape, his most recent special, was produced by Comedy Dynamics and released on paid-for streaming services before getting a TV debut on Comedy Central. Now he’s poised to be Amazon’s test dummy in the stand-up comedy game.

    The Chappaquidick actor next co-stars alongside Academy Award-winners Viola Davis and Allison Janney in Amazon Studios’s film Troop Zero, one of Gaffigan’s nine feature films out this year.

    Prime members will be able to stream the special exclusively via the Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices, and online.


    Kaitlin Tunstall

    Kaitlin Tunstall ’19, of New York, attends the Borough of Manhattan Community College and expects to graduate in the spring of 2019. Kaitlin is an English major with a focus in Journalism and Creative Writing. Having worked as both a freelance writer and college assistant, Kaitlin hopes to broaden her skills into academia and editorial work. After graduation, Kaitlin plans to travel Asia before continuing her studies at a CUNY four-year university.

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