Iliza Shlesinger Unveiled, which premieres on Netflix on November 19th, is the comic’s fifth stand-up special for the streaming service. The show will explore the horrors of marriage, including the bachelorette party that cannot be stopped, planning and paying for a party you won’t be at, and more. Shlesinger was the first female comic to win NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She has since released a comedy album, War Paint, along with a handful of hour-long specials including 2015’s Freezing Hot, 2016’s Confirmed Kills and the aforementioned Elder Millennial (2018). The special will be Shlesinger’s fifth Netflix original.
The special itself isn’t a horror story — hysterical is perhaps a better word for it. Whether you’ve gotten married, been to or in a wedding, or even just partied with the groom- or bride-to-be (“You don’t see a bachelorette party coming, you f—ing hear it, and if you’re hearing it, you’re too late,” she jokes in the special”), it’s easy to relate, not just to Shlesinger’s sharp and snappy observations and anecdotes about her own ceremony but in the revelations she shares, seamlessly incorporating them into the fabric of the bigger story she’s trying to tell.
“I really believe in letting the art dictate the rest of the art, so the vocal art dictates the visual arts,” Shlesinger, who started rising to comedy fame when she won the sixth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2008, explains of the inspiration for the trailer. “And we had the thing with the blood and there’s a whole sort of zombie commentary and the creepiness of the bride, and I really felt the dark side of this beautiful, white day is what I was unearthing, so I just ran with it.”
“I would like to think what I say is socially relevant, poignant, insightful, intelligent. I also think I spend a lot of specials standing up for women and having this point of view that supports women, and while I think that’s still important, I think a big part of being an empowered woman is realizing that you don’t always have to talk about being an empowered woman,” she says.
The one hour and 18 minutes stand-up comedy by Iliza Shlesinger is categorized under Cynical, Provocative and Irreverent. On its official page Netflix has given a little information about the show, “Here comes the bride, and she’s got plenty to say. Newlywed Iliza Shlesinger dissects wedding traditions as she mines her nuptials for laughs.”
Netflix has published a trailer on November 6, 2019, along with a short description, “Iliza’s here with the terrifying truth… about getting married. Unveiled, the 5th Stand-up special from Iliza Shlesinger, streams Nov 19, only on Netflix.” Check out the trailer above.