Netflix hands out eight half-hour comedy specials in new series, “The Characters”

This is a week for surprise streaming TV deals, isn’t it?!

Netflix just announced it already has eight half-hour comedy specials in the can for a new limited series called The Characters. They’re not stand-up specials, per se. Rather, Netflix just gave each of these funny people a half-hour to do with whatever they pleased.

Sketch. Impersonations. Character pieces. Satire. Parody.

Here are the eight performers debuting half-hour specials on March 11, 2016, in The Characters on Netflix:

  • Kate Berlant
  • Dr. Brown
  • Paul W. Downs 
  • John Early
  • Lauren Lapkus
  • Tim Robinson
  • Natasha Rothwell 
  • Henry Zebrowski   

And here’s the trailer. You may notice Tyson Beckford, Brian McCann, Abbi Jacobson, Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan and more providing support to their funny friends.

Roll the clip!

Sean L. McCarthy

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