Vancouver comic Ivan Decker is set to star in one of 47 half-hour comedy specials that will be released by Netflix in 2019.
Produced by the streaming service under the name The Comedy Club, the program will feature comedians from around the world and will be filmed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, as well as at events in cities like Mumbai, Amsterdam, and Berlin, this summer.
Decker has achieved a lot in his career in the past decade. Most recently, his album, I Wanted to be a Dinosaur, won a Juno award for Comedy Album of the Year. He also made his U.S. television debut on Conan in 2017.
Other Canadian comedians that have been selected to appear on The Comedy Club are DeAnne Smith, Dave Merheje, K. Trevor Wilson, François Bellefeuille, Louis-José Houde, Adib Alkhalideu, Katherine Levac, and Shirley Souagnon.
Comics from New Zealand, the Middle East, South Africa, the United States, and France will also be part of the series. The specials will be filmed in seven languages, including English, French, and Arabic.
Only a few other Canuck comedians have made it to the Netflix platform: Russell Peters, Norm Macdonald, and Katherine Ryan all starred in full-fledged specials. Toronto’s Sabrina Jalees, meanwhile, appears in a 15-minute episode of the recently released The Comedy Lineup.
While The Comedy Club isn't made up of 60-minute specials like those Peters, Macdonald, and Ryan were featured in, this could be the start of Canadian comedy talent receiving more recognition and longer running specials in the future.
No official date has been set for the release of The Comedy Club, but be on the lookout for them on Netflix in 2019.