Andrew Schulz to Self-Release Comedy Special After Refusing Streamer’s Demand to Edit Out ‘Wild’ Abortion Jokes
Comic Andrew Schulz is set to self-publish his upcoming comedy special, "Infamous," after declining a request from an unnamed streamer to edit or edit out entire jokes, which he says the platform feels is too "wild," and prompted executives about online backlash worried.
Schulz, who released a four-part Netflix special called "Schulz Saves America" in 2020, said in a video recently posted to Instagram and Twitter that the streaming service "freaked out" as he finished editing the stand-up set received.
"Some of you probably know this about me, I'm a very stubborn guy, long story short, I took my frigging life savings and bought my special back," he told his followers. He then appealed to his fans to "spread the word," saying it's up to them if the "gamble" pays off. "Pre-order now and spread the word so my wife doesn't divorce me," he joked in another tweet.
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"I think people really like authentic comedy, and I think they'd prefer that over some watered-down executive shit," he said, adding that the people who come to his shows "get these jokes that are 'too offensive ' are really seeming to enjoy or could cause too much backlash."
Since the announcement, Schulz has released two clips from the special, which now debuts July 17 and is available to pre-order on the comedian's website. In the first he jokes about the sex life of a couple in the audience. In the second - which he introduced with the message, "This is one of the lines you've been concerned about the particular" - he outlines the "f—ing carnival," an abortion clinic.
His 2020 Netflix special received criticism and backlash for its xenophobic and racist jokes targeting China and Chinese Americans over the coronavirus pandemic, a talking point for former President Donald Trump and a widely cited avenue to anti-Asian hate crimes. Schulz is currently producing a new Netflix comedy directed by Kenya Barris, starring Jonah Hill, Nia Long, Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Duchovny.
A Netflix representative did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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