No Netflix? No problem! Jim Gaffigan returns to Comedy Central with his stand-up special Noble Ape on November 23. Gaffigan chose not to release Noble Ape on Netflix like his previous two specials Cinco and Obsessed. Instead, it released theatrically and has been available for streaming on a variety of On Demand platforms since July. And, of course, the album is available for purchase on iTunes.
Noble Ape will make its network debut in a special 90-minute event. In it he discusses his family’s medical crisis, when doctors found a benign tumor in his wife and writing partner Jeannie. His wife actually directed the special. The incident almost caused the clean comedian to retire from comedy altogether.
Gaffigan skipped over another Netflix release, in part, because of his fondness for the comedy album. “I love Netflix. Netflix has been very good to me,” the comedian told Forbes. “When you go to Netflix, the album is kind of removed from it. I’ve had a lot of people who have discovered me through audio streaming services or satellite radio. I just didn’t want to limit that.”
The special’s producer Comedy Dynamics has become a major player in stand-up comedy. They’ve struck big deals with Hulu, produced original stand-up content, and continues to produce some of the top albums and specials.