More Comedians Watch Even More Comedy In ‘Playback With Sam Jay’ On Netflix
From Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which originally premiered on Sony’s Crackle streaming service back in 2011, to Anthony Jeselnik’s recent Good Talk on Comedy Central, which takes a far more farcical and absurd approach to its subject matter, shows in which comics interview other comics about comedy are nothing new.
After all, audiences have been living with variations of The Tonight Show and its competitors for decades on broadcast and cable programming. Yet as Good Talk, 2 Dope Queens alum Phoebe Robinson’s recently announced series, and many others to come all seem to demonstrate, the interview format is something that viewers don’t seem to be getting tired off. That, or at least the executives at Netflix, Comedy Central and elsewhere seem to think that audiences aren’t too exhausted by the extravagances of “Peak TV” just yet.
Hence Netflix Is A Joke’s new “social series” Playback with Sam Jay. A followup to the streamer’s comedy initiative’s first social media-based program, Dressing Funny with Tan France, Playback will see The Comedy Lineup’s Jay sit down with other comics to watch selections from their own specials or shows and discuss them.
So, in the the first episode with Wanda Sykes, which is now streaming on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, the pair digs into her recent Netflix special Not Normal. Future guests also include The Daily Show’s Ronny Chieng, Big Mouth’s Nick Kroll, Nailed It!’s Nicole Byer, and international comedy star Vir Das.
Netflix says each episode will range between 10 to 15 minutes in length, though Sykes’ inaugural entry is just under seven minutes. Whether or not this means that Netflix Is A Joke will be releasing more footage from Jay’s sit-down with Sykes, be it on YouTube specifically or on any of the other three social platforms, remains to be seen.
New episodes of Playback with Sam Jay will debut on social media bi-weekly beginning September 12th.