MICHELLE WOLF IS THE VOICE COMEDY NEEDS RIGHT NOW / THE VILLAGE VOICE by Dan Bodansky

By: Lara Zarum
11/30/2017

In January 2013, Michelle Wolf tackled her greatest challenge yet: She got herself fired. Then a 28-year-old aspiring comedian, Wolf had been working at a biochemistry research lab in New York City during the day and doing stand-up sets at bars and open mics at night. But she wanted to devote herself to comedy full-time, so, over the course of nine months, she pushed against every overachiever instinct in her body. “I did less and less work until I got a warning,” she explains, sitting in a booth in the Olive Tree Café, the restaurant above the Comedy Cellar in the West Village. “And then I got fired, and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

With the severance, plus some money she’d saved up, Wolf devoted the next year of her life to stand-up. By Christmas of 2013, she was submitting a packet to Late Night With Seth Meyers, which was just staffing up; a couple of weeks after that, she was hired as a writer. In April 2016, after two years writing for Late Night and craving more onscreen time, Wolf jumped to The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, where she’s now a correspondent. And on Saturday, HBO will air her first stand-up special, Nice Lady, a hilarious hourlong meditation on bathroom politics, feminism (“I’m not like a buy-my-own-drinks kind of feminist”), Hillary Clinton, birth control, and the innumerable everyday demands of being a woman in 2017.

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The Hollywood Reporter / Michelle Wolf Sets HBO Comedy Special by Michelle Wolf

At a time when most comedians are turning to Netflix to air their stand-up specials, Michelle Wolf is looking to HBO.

The Daily Show contributor has set her comedy special debut with the premium cable channel, with plans to tape it this summer.

“Michelle is one of the most inspired comics working today. She is smart, sharp and fiercely funny,” said Nina Rosenstein, executive vice president of HBO programming. “We couldn’t be more excited to present her first stand-up special to our audience.”

Adds Wolf, “What can I say, it’s HBO, it’s a dream. I’m mostly just trying not to get hit by a bus before I tape.”

Wolf is currently an on-air contributor and writer for The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, and was previously a writing supervisor and performer for Late Night With Seth Meyers. She's also made appearances on Horace and Pete and @midnight, and wrote for the 2016 Oscars ceremony, hosted by Chris Rock.

The special is a blow to Wolf's present home Comedy Central, which has struggled to keep hold of its talent after identifying them and helping grow their career (see: Amy Schumer, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key).

The stand-up special — which will be written by Wolf and directed by Neal Brennan (Chappelle’s Show) — will be executive produced for HBO by Wolf, John Irwin, Daniel Bodansky and James Dixon.

Comedy Central Announces 2016 Development Slate by Michelle Wolf

USED PEOPLE (script deal) – based on the Comedy Central digital series written by Michelle Wolf and Dan Soder, “Used People” follows uptight Michelle and stoner Dan who spend their days arguing, obsessing over their messy personal lives and – theoretically – selling used cars. Executive produced by Wolf, Soder, AGI Entertainment’s Brian Stern and Dixon Talent’s Dan Bodansky.