Netflix is continuing its comedy spree with Grillo Vs. Grillo, the first-ever original production by the streaming giant to hail from Italy. Grillo Vs. Grillo is a standup special of sorts starring the Italian comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo, who is the founder of the country’s Five Star Movement — a populist party that has become increasingly influential in Italy, and which grew out of Grillo’s massively popular blog.
Grillo is frequently compared to U.S. President Donald Trump, as he boasts a non-immigrant stance and also supported the Brexit, according to Variety, which was first to report the special’s debut.
Grillo Vs. Grillo will bow globally on Feb. 10. The special was taped during a tour stop in Genoa, and will feature the 68-year-old’s humor-tinged takes on the global economy, environmental issues, technology, and more.
In October 2015, Netflix announced that it was developing its first original Italian series Suburra — a mob-themed corruption drama — though Suburra will premiere this summer after Grillo Vs. Grill, according to Variety. The streaming giant also has an original Korean series in the works titled Love Alarm, and released Marseille, a French crime series, last May. Netflix, which launched in Italy in October 2015, counts roughly 300,000 subscribers in the country, according to Variety.
Standup specials are also becoming increasingly important to the service. Netflix will debut a special from Amy Schumer next month, following reports that it had commissioned two standup specials from Chris Rock for $40 million, as well as three specials from storied comic Dave Chappelle — all of which are set to air this year.