Netflix Picks Russell Peters Special and Docu-Series as First Foray into Stand-Up Specials and Documentaries
Aziz Ansari’s “Buried Alive” stand-up comedy special will be a Netflix Original, but it will not be the first one from the streaming service, which announced earlier this year that it planned to expand its original programming slate to include stand-up specials and documentaries.
On October 14, Netflix plans to premiere “Notorious,” a new special from comedian Russell Peters, as well as “Russell Peters vs. The World,” a four-part documentary series that follows Peters on his global Notorious tour. The special and series will be available in all territories Netflix is available in.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told Deadline, which first reported the news, that “Peters has proven popular with Netflix subscribers in every territory we operate in.” With Peters’ stand-up marking Netflix’s official foray into original stand-up and documentary programming, the company also plans to put a big marketing push behind it, according to the report.
“I’ve always prided myself on being outside the box and slightly ahead of the curve, which is why Netflix is the perfect fit for me,” added Peters in a statement. “Plus, the web took my career to a whole other level — we both owe a lot to the Internet.”
The 70-minute “Notorious” set was filmed at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia on March 15. Both the special and the series are executive produced by Russell Peters and Clayton Peters.Tags: Aziz Ansari, Documentary, Netflix, Russell Peters, Stand-up Special