Jerrod Carmichael’s ‘Rothaniel’ HBO Special Teaser: WATCH

Jerrod Carmichael aims for radical honesty in the teaser for his upcoming comedy special, Rothaniel. “I try to be very honest,” he says, “because my whole life was shrouded in secrets. And I thought the only way I had to try was the truth. So I say everything. Everything is here.” Hearing the audience reaction and seeing Carmichael take the stage gives you a sense of how intimate this set was, filmed in February at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village. This will be his first stand-up special since 2017 Jerrod Carmichael: 8, which we voted our best stand-up comedy special of the entire decade. Like 8, Rothaniel is also directed by Bo Burnham. It premieres April 1 (no joke) at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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