Russell Howard New Stand-Up Special Lube Comes to Netflix


Russell howard‘s Return to Netflix finally has a release date. The British comedian is about to release a special stand-up, Lubricant, and an accompanying documentary, Until the wheels come off, December 14. This combo release, which is considered the first of its kind, will mark Howard’s return to Netflix since the release of his 2017 stand-up special, Recalibrate.

The comedian is widely known for his comedic news shows – BBC’s The good news from Russell Howard and Russell Howard Hours which is currently airing on Sky Max in the UK. Beyond his TV shows, Howard has also had a long career in stand-up. Unsurprisingly, his career has been affected by the pandemic and the lockdown, and this documentary will chronicle Howard’s attempts to find gigs after being originally scheduled for what had been described as the biggest tour of his career in 2020 before the pandemic hits.

The documentary will also follow the comedian as he tackles major life changes, including 18 fewer months of traditional concerts and performances, ultimately leading to the recording of the new special, Lubricant, which was filmed in September at the Apollo Theater in London.

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Howard is also listed as executive producer on the special, alongside Jon Thoday, James Taylor and Richard Allen-Turner, who also produced Until the wheels come off. The special and documentary are produced by Avalon Television which also produces Breeders, last week tonight with John Oliver, Taskmaster, and Shit. Married. Annoyed.

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The announcement of Lubricant and Until the wheels come off is a pleasant surprise as Netflix has notably cooled off on its stand-up specials over the past year. This is largely due to the logistics involved in filming with a live audience lately. However, Lubricant will join a catalog of more than 250 original special stand-ups from the digital giant. That’s not to say Netflix has pulled its stand-up comedy game plan, as they still aim to release specials from comedians such as Jo Koy, Ricky Gervais, Ali Wong, Chris Rock, Hasan Minhaj, Mike Epps, Gabriel Iglesias, and Tom Segura, among others.

Howard will be back on the road in 2022, touring both Europe and North America, and will visit 5 continents, 24 countries and 79 cities, with several sites already sold out. The comedian released a preview of the comedy special, giving fans a taste of what to expect. Check out the teaser below and log in to Lubricant and Until the wheels come off December 14, exclusively on Netflix:


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