As if endless Netflix originals weren’t already frying our brains, we’re starting to see comedians in our favorite shows. Netflix took advantage of its comedy stable to put Dave Chappelle in Stranger Things, while Jerry Seinfeld advises Frank Underwood in a new crossover ad.
The next time you scroll through the Netflix menu and skip over an Adam Sandler comedy, just know that you’re not exactly in the majority there. You’ll probably remember Netflix’s numbers from earlier this year suggesting that their viewers have spent more than 500 million hours watching Sandler comedies, meaning that the average user has watched 2.86 of his movies on Netflix alone. We can argue about the merits of Sandler as a filmmaker or Netflix as a distribution model, but when it comes the marriage of Sandler and Netflix, the results are hard to deny. There’s oil in them-there sophomoric jokes.
Because Adam Sandler’s tyrannical reign on Netflix is far from over, he’s already working on his next movie. This time, he and his Grown Ups co-star Chris Rock are reteaming for a wedding comedy, titled The Week Of.
It’s the bugaboo that every comic who’s ever gripped a mic and squinted into the spotlight knows all too well: silence. You keep telling the jokes, and your best material isn’t getting a peep. The flop sweat starts to gather at the small of your back, and all of a sudden, you regret not taking the bottle of water they offered you backstage. The colloquial turn is ‘choking’ or ‘bombing,’ and it happens to the best of the best. They admit as much themselves in the new trailer for the upcoming stand-up documentary Dying Laughing; all the Emmys in the world can’t protect the biggest talents in the world from an occasional nuclear-class bombing, and the upcoming doc captures all the agony and ecstasy of life in comedy.
Netflix seems to have equal amounts of exclusive stand-up specials to complement its ever-growing ranks of original series, but when Chris Rock gets involved, we stand-up and take notice. After an eight-year absence from the stage, Rock will return in 2017 with not one, but two new Netflix comedy specials, following a new world tour.