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HBO Max Snags Chelsea Handler’s First Stand-Up Special in 6 Years

Stephanie Sengwe

HBO Max has another heavy-hitter in the bag. The upcoming streaming service just snagged the first stand-up special in six years from comedienne Chelsea Handler, Deadline reports. She last took to the stage back in 2014 with “Uganda Be Kidding Me: Live,” which she tapped for Netflix.

The new special, which is yet to be titled, comes after she finished a tour for her memoir “Life Will Be the Death of Me.” It will feature “experiences about her family, friendships, and her first foray into therapy, where she was able to unearth why everyone on this planet annoyed her so much. She is set to turn the attention on herself, reflecting on her personal journey toward self-awareness, assisted by cannabis,” Deadline noted.

Handler has had several stints at Netflix since she left her widely popular E! Network show, “Chelsea Lately,” back in 2014. She released a documentary series “Chelsea Does” in 2016, served as host of the streaming giant’s first talk show “Chelsea” between 2016 and 2017 and last year, released “Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea,” which tackles the topic of white privilege.

“I didn’t want to return to stand-up until I had something important to say. I do now,” Handler stated. “I’m absolutely delighted to be doing this with HBO Max and always excited to be reunited with Bob Greenblatt. One of the only executives I can never have sex with.”

The deal with Handler is one in a slew of other comedic heavyweights HBO Max has partnered with. The streamer will also carry specials from Tracy Morgan, John Early, Rose Matafeo, and Ahir Shah as well as a slate of five specials from Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco.