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HBO Max expands stand-up slate

August 21, 2020

By Nik Roseveare

HBO Max, the US streaming service, is adding to its stand-up slate with the greenlight of two new specials, one from comedian Aida Rodriguez and another fronted by Colin Quinn.

Rodriguez will take to the stage to confront today’s audiences about cancel-culture and the social issues of the day.

“We are so thrilled to be able to partner with Aida not just on her scripted development but for her first one-hour stand-up special” said Suzanna Makkos, executive vice president of original comedy and animation for HBO Max. “Aida has such an unmistakable comedic voice and distinct point of view. Her ability to tackle an array of current events will certainly resonate with audiences.”

“I’m excited about my first hour-long special and I’m thankful that HBO Max believed in me enough to create a place for my voice, “ said Rodriguez. “They have been a great partner every step of the way.”

Quinn’s multi-act, socially distant, stand-up special will be part documentary and part stand-up showcase. The comedians will tape at a repurposed drive-in movie theatre in Brooklyn to allow audience members to watch the show while social distancing.

“Colin is a pillar of the stand-up community” said Suzanna Makkos, executive vice president of original comedy and animation for HBO Max.  “The fantastic group of comedians he’s selected, most of whom have not performed in front of a live audience for months, will allow the viewer a window into how the pandemic has impacted this art form. Utilising a drive-in movie theatre allows comics a unique way to connect with the audience while also prioritising safety”

“Anybody can please an audience” said Quinn. “It takes a real comedian to make a bunch of cars laugh.”

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