Russell Howard to film Netflix special

Friday 4th August 2017, 12:33pm

  • Russell Howard is to film a stand-up special for Netflix
  • The currently un-titled show will be released on the streaming service in the autumn
Russell Howard.

Netflix has commissioned a stand-up special starring Russell Howard.

The news has been announced as the comedian's biggest global tour to date, Round the World, draws to a close. The tour has seen him play a record-breaking 10-night run at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall, overtaking eight in a row jointly held by Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow and perform the largest ever stand-up show in China. To date, he has performed this show 85 times with runs in the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, China, New Zealand and Australia.

The as-yet-untitled new Netflix special will be recorded over two nights at the Brighton Dome from tomorrow (5th and 6th August).

Russell Howard says: "I'm really looking forward to making a special for Netflix, I've enjoyed watching so many of their stand-up specials and to record my own for them is great."

The show will be filmed by Avalon, who make all Howard's shows. Executive Producer James Taylor says: "Netflix has a reputation that is second-to-none for stand-up specials and we're delighted to be working with them to bring Russell's globally popular stand-up to their audience around the world."

Howard becomes the latest in a line of high profile UK-based stand-up comedians to opt to make a deal with Netflix rather than release a DVD. Jimm Carr, Katherine Ryan, Frankie Boyle and Jack Whitehall are amongst the other comedians who have filmed their shows for the streaming giant.

It's a busy year for Howard. He is also filming new series The Russell Howard Hour for Sky, and is making multiple new series of Russell Howard & Mum: Road Trip for Comedy Central.

His stand-up show will be recorded for Netflix in 4K UHD with surround sound and is expected to be released on the service in the autumn.

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