Louis C.K. may have led the new path for comedians, but Aziz Ansari is following not too far behind him — both comedians will bring edited versions of their one-hour stand-up comedy specials to television.
C.K. recently announced that he will premiere a 42-minute cut-down version of his special on television on the FX Network. It will air Saturday, May 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Ansari, who’s also known for his role on Parks and Recreation, will premiere his stand-up comedy special Dangerously Delicious on Comedy Central, airing Sunday, May 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The one-hour special originally debuted on his website, where it was available for download DRM-free for $5. Comedy Central will air a cut-down, censored version.
The cable networks are already promoting on-air for the events, and preview clips of Ansari’s special will be featured on Comedy Central’s Stand-Up website leading up to the television premiere.
Many comedians feel that Louis C.K. has revolutionized the industry, and this could prove whether transitioning to television is next step in this business model.
More comedians are beginning to adopt the concept, including big names like Jim Gaffigan. Former SNL castmember Jim Breuer says the concept is brilliant and he’s considering it for his upcoming comedy special in July.
“Thanks to people like Louis C.K., my options have blown out the window,” says Breuer. “I may go digital, but who knows?”
Will you be tuning into C.K. and Ansari’s specials? What do you think about this transition from digital to traditional television? Let us know in the comments.
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