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Netflix Greenlights ‘Stand Out,’ A Documentary About LGBTQ Comedy History

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Selome Hailu Netflix has greenlit “Stand Out: The Documentary,” which examines the history of LGBTQ stand-up comedy and will debut in 2022.The film is written, directed and executive produced by Page Hurwitz, who was recently named one of Variety‘s 55 Queer Artists and Decision-Makers to Know in 2022.Intended to complement Netflix’s recent comedy special “Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration,” “Stand Out: The Documentary” will combine original performances, interviews, archival materials and backstage vérité footage to explore themes like comedy as activism, diversity in stand-up, new queer culture and mainstreaming the alternative.

The film focuses on the importance of LGBTQ stand-up as an instrument for social progress over the past five decades, changing the world one joke at a time. “Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration” premiered on June 9 after being taped at the inaugural Netflix is a Joke Fest in Los Angeles in May with Billy Eichner as host.

Several of the comedians who appeared in the special will also appear in “Stand Out: The Documentary,” including Sandra Bernhard, Rosie O’Donnell and Margaret Cho.Along with Hurwitz, executive producers of “Stand Out: The Documentary” include Hurwitz; Wanda Sykes for Push It Productions; and Brian Graden, Dave Mace and LB Horschler for Brian Graden Media.The announcement of “Stand Out: The Documentary” comes during a fraught time for Netflix in relation to LGBTW audiences.

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