Comedian Andrew Schulz refused to give in and censor his comedy special for Amazon. Instead, he decided to release it on his own, and that decision is paying off.
Schulz recently revealed that executives at a streaming service “freaked out” when they watched the material he wanted to include in his upcoming comedy special. His jokes included topics like Ted Bundy, abortion, and Michael Jackson. Schulz claimed he was told to remove the sensitive stuff, or they couldn’t release it to users.
Schulz was shopping the special to Amazon and Netflix and Amazon bid the highest — but then backed out after Schulz refused to remove the sensitive content.
Schulz decided to self-release the special for fans through his website at $15 a ticket. On the first day alone, he made $500,000 in sales and has made over $1 million in less than a week.
The comedian partnered with Moment House to sell his tickets — the same company behind Justin Beiber and Kygo, and we’re told he’s already broken sales records.
Of course, Schulz’s back and forth comes amid tension between customers and streamers like Netflix. Dave Chappelle and Netflix both took a lot of heat for the transphobic material in his recent special “The Closer.”