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Today’s Specials

  1. survey says
    What Do Comedians Think of (the Non-Joke Parts of) Stand-up Specials?Here are insights from 39 of them.
  2. follow friday
    Michael Bonfiglio Wants to Tell You a StoryWe chatted with the director about the art of the stand-up comedy special — and, naturally, hummingbirds.
  3. memories
    I Sat Front Row at Maria Bamford’s Comedy-Special Experiment2012’s The Special Special Special! remains a source of inspiration for comedians. Here’s what it was like to be there on the couch next to her.
  4. appreciations
    The Standard-Setting Beauty of Live in CrenshawLil Rel Howery’s 2019 stand-up special shows that when a special looks distinctive, the comedy feels that way too.
  5. vulture furniture
    The 100 Greatest Stools in Stand-Up Special HistoryShining the spotlight on comedy’s most underrated co-stars.
  6. a long talk
    The Man Behind Netflix Comedy’s CurtainRobbie Praw explains his approach to buying stand-up specials for the streamer.
  7. priced out
    What 9 Comedians Would Produce With a Marvel-Size BudgetWe gave them hundreds of millions of imaginary dollars to pitch the comedy special of their dreams.
  8. lights cameras jokes
    Meet the Technical Artists Behind Comedy’s Most Impressive Specials“Of the many mediums I work on — TV, film, and commercials — making a live comedy special is hardest of all.”
  9. beginning times fun
    The Special SpecialStand-up isn’t just getting prettier onscreen. It’s growing up as a distinct art form.
  10. decisions decisions
    Everything to Consider When Making a Comedy Special SpecialAside from what jokes to tell.