Amazon Prime Video is about to stroll onto the Netflix-dominated stand-up comedy turf with its first such special: Comic Jim Gaffigan’s Quality Time will premiere later this year, Amazon announced today.
The stand-up special will be Gaffigan’s seventh (his first five were for Netflix, and his sixth, last year’s Noble Ape, premiered via various on-demand sites).
“I am so honored to be Amazon’s first original stand up special,” said Gaffigan. “This is going to be exciting.”
A four-time Grammy nominee for his comedy albums, Gaffigan will record his Quality Time show live at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on March 9. The special will be directed by wife and collaborator Jeannie Gaffigan, and executive produced by Brian Volk-Weiss & Cisco Henson (of Comedy Dynamics) with Alex Murray (Brillstein Entertainment Partners). Quality Time is distributed and produced by Comedy Dynamics.
Amazon Prime members will be able to stream the special exclusively via the Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online. Quality Time will be a global release and available on the Prime Video website in more than 200 countries and territories.
Gaffigan also is slated for a co-starring role in Amazon Studios’ upcoming film Troop Zero, along with Viola Davis and Allison Janney.
Quality Time will mark Amazon’s entry into the stand-up comedy terrain most closely associated with Netflix. Netflix has boasted a roster of stand-up comics including Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld.