Andrew Schulz is no stranger to the new woke order.
The “Schulz Saves America” comic doesn’t lean to the Left or the Right. He just follows the funny wherever it leads him.
That often brings trouble to his door.
Last year, a Toronto club unceremoniously canceled his appearance after he shared “inappropriate jokes” on stage. Schulz rebelled by selecting the more freedom-friendly Meridian Hall to host his shows, and he quickly sold out the larger venue – twice.
Now, he reveals an unnamed streaming platform demanded he trim select jokes from his upcoming comedy special, “Infamous,” before its release.
So he bailed … but paid a hefty price for it.
Here’s the first clip from my new special INFAMOUS!
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The original streamer refused to air it without cutting several jokes. So long story short I spent my life savings and bought my special back 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/qsh3Eg1y7f
— Andrew Schulz 👑HEZI (@andrewschulz) July 3, 2022
“Infamous” captures the comedian’s most recent tour at a stop in Austin, Texas.
“For Schulz, nothing is off limits. There’s only one rule at his shows – everyone gets these jokes,” reads the special’s description.
Schulz told his social media flock he poured his “life savings” into buying back the special to be released at TheAndrewSchulz.com.
“They said, ‘we can’t put this out, and those jokes are wild, and we don’t want to deal with the backlash, so you’re gonna have to edit it,'” he recalls of the reaction from the unnamed platform.
“I’m a very stubborn guy,” he says. “So, long story short, I took my f***ing life savings and I bought my special back.”
Netflix aired “Schulz Saves America” in 2020, but the comedian didn’t say if the deal involved that streaming giant or another platform. It’s worth noting Netflix recently stood up for both Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais, button-pushing comics whose specials angered a small minority of viewers.
“I think people like real, authentic comedy. I think they’d prefer that to some watered-down, corporate boardroom bulls***,” he says.
“Infamous” will be available July 17 for $15. Pre-orders are available now.
Schulz is getting accustomed to angry attacks against his brand of humor. His Netflix special got hammered by woke critics, in part, for calling COVID-19 the “Wuhanic Plague.” At the time, social media and news outlets aggressively downplayed Wuhan’s connection to the pandemic.
Now, many believe that’s where it all began.
Schulz is relying on his large fan base to both justify his investment and take a stand against censorship.
“I don’t know if this will work. I hope like hell it does. But that’s up to y’all. Let’s change the game,” he wrote on Twitter.