GRIN CITIES: Theaters in hot comedy markets, like the State Theatre in Minneapolis, are popular homes for comedy tapings. (Getty Images) How venues define comedy specials For comics, killer material matters – but so do the stages they present it on, especially when their sets are recorded for posterity. Selecting the proper venue for taping specials is “an intimate process, because this is the artist’s body of work, and they want it presented in the best possible way,” UTA head of comedy Nick Nuciforo told VenuesNow. “The specials can be meaningful in moving the needle on an artist’s career.” Live comedy – and its filmed documentation – has grown substantially in recent years, freed from the confines of broadcast television by the streaming platforms where hour-long comedy specials have become commonplace. In 2020 alone, Netflix has released more than 20 such features, ranging from heavyweights like Jerry Seinfeld to left-of-center […]
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