Bill Burr Special Debuts on Hulu as Streamer Expands Stand-Up Comedy Content

Bill Burr Special Debuts on Hulu as Streamer Expands Stand-Up Comedy Content

SPECIAL: Earlier this year, Hulu announced ambitious plans to move deeper into the stand-up comedy scene, competing directly with giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Now the Disney-backed streamer has added another comedy heavyweight to its roster: Bill Burr.

Burr’s next comedy special, which was filmed in June at Seattle’s Moore Theatre, will air on Hulu under the title Laughing Now.

Hulu, which will join Jim Gaffigan with the special “The Skinny” that will air on November 22, plans to release 12 specials in total, one per month throughout the year.

Sources say Hulu is also in talks with other major names and is close to finalizing additional deals.

Hulu’s move is a strategic response to Netflix’s dominance in the stand-up comedy space. The streaming giant has made big investments, offering specials featuring Chris Rock, Hannah Gadsby, Pete Davidson, Katt Williams, and Hannah Berner’s “We Ride At Dawn.” Netflix also released “The Roast of Tom Brady” during its “Netflix Is A Joke” festival and announced an upcoming special with controversial podcaster Joe Rogan.

In addition to Netflix, other platforms like Amazon have been active in the comedy space. Amazon recently released specials featuring Marlon Wayans, Rachel Scanlon and Sam Morrill, whose special “You’ve Changed” aired this week. Another streaming competitor, Max, debuted specials featuring Nikki Glaser, Hannah Einbinder and Ramy Youssef. Meanwhile, Peacock has entered the scene with “Mike Birbiglia’s Good One: A Show About Jokes.”

Bill Burr’s move to Hulu is particularly notable given his history with Netflix, where he previously released seven specials on the platform, including “Live At Red Rocks,” “Friends Who Kill,” “Paper Tiger,” “Walk Your Way Out” and “I’m Sorry You Feel That Way.”

Burr has been busy on the road with his Bill Burr Live tour. Last year, he became the first comedian to perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the ancient Roman amphitheater in Athens. In 2022, he made history as the first comedian to perform at Fenway Park.

In addition to stand-up, Burr has also been active in film and television. He appeared in Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix film “Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story” and starred in his own film “Old Dads,” which was released on Netflix last October. Burr also starred in “Leo” alongside Adam Sandler and “The King of Staten Island” alongside Pete Davidson. His TV career has included roles in “The Mandalorian” and “Reservation Dogs.”