Fired former SNL cast member Shane Gillis has landed a new Netflix comedy series, after the star stunned with jokes about Down syndrome and race during his return to the sketch show last week.
The comedian, 36, had been removed from the show five years earlier after previous videos emerged showing him making racist and homophobic comments, but his star will now rise even further with the six-episode scripted series Tires, which will premiere in May 2023. .
Gillis stars in the series and serves as writer, co-creator and executive producer, according to Deadline.
The story of Tires revolves around Will (Steven Gerben), the “nervous, hardcore heir to an auto repair chain who attempts to turn his father’s business around despite constant torture from his cousin and now employee, Shane ( Gillis).
Chris O’Connor, Kilah Fox and Stavros Halkias will also star in the film with Andrew Schulz participating.
Fired former SNL cast member Shane Gillis has landed a new Netflix comedy series after the star stunned with jokes about Down syndrome and race during his return to the sketch show last week.
Netflix also ordered a new stand-up special from Gillis after the global success of his 2023 show, Beautiful Dogs.
This comes after Gillis returned as an SNL host with a surprisingly risqué monologue that joked about Down syndrome, race and gays.
The comedian, who became a huge star online after his dismissal in 2019 for racist and homophobic comments, shocked audiences by suggesting he had been “cut off” by Down syndrome and using the word retarded.
Gillis then told a long story about how his niece has Down syndrome, while making fun of himself for looking like he had it himself.
‘I don’t know if you can see it by looking at me, but I have family members with Down syndrome. It almost caught me! I dodged it, but it hurt me!’
Then he said: ‘My niece has Down syndrome and… I thought it would get a bigger laugh.’ I thought we were allowed to have fun here!’
In 2019, several clips surfaced in which the star used racist and homophobic slurs on numerous occasions, including on an episode of Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast.
Before continuing, Gillis briefly addressed his firing, beginning with a chastened: “Yes, I’m here.”
The comedian, 36, had been removed from the show five years earlier after previous videos emerged showing him making racist and homophobic comments, but his star will now rise even further with the six-episode scripted series Tires, which will premiere in May 2023.
Netflix has also commissioned a new stand-up special from Gillis following the global success of his 2023 show, Beautiful Dogs.
Gillis appears in the photo with Donald Trump, although he insists that he is a supporter of Joe Biden.
“Most of you probably have no idea who I am,” he said. ‘I actually got fired from this show a while ago, but… don’t look that up, please, if you don’t know who I am. Please don’t Google that. It’s okay, don’t even worry about it.’
He then joked about how he looks like “a high school football coach/9th grade sex ed teacher” before calling out to his father, who was in the audience, saying he’s a “volunteer high school girls’ basketball coach.” .
Gillis, who released a Netflix special last year and podcast co-host with over 100,000 subscribers on Patreon, he often struggled with the reaction of the New York audience
“Look, I don’t have any material that could appear on television,” he said. ‘I’m doing my best. Also, this place is so well lit, I can see that no one is enjoying it.’
However, the comedian, who recently partnered with Bud Light as a spokesperson, continued to post material about young men and their relationships with their mothers that addressed homosexuality.
‘My mom asked me: ‘When did we stop being best friends?’ And he’s right, we used to be best friends. Do you remember that, when you were little and loved your mom? Do you remember when you were gay?
He continued: ‘Do you remember when you were just a gay kid? Every little boy is just his mom’s gay best friend, there’s no difference.”
Gillis then joked about gossiping with her mother while listening to “her music,” imitating the opening of Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.”
The punchline of the prank was that Gillis admitted that he had stopped being his mother’s best friend when he started masturbating as a teenager.