Skokie native Esther Povitsky’s new comedy special

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In Esther Povitsky’s debut special, “Hot For My Name,” Povitsky goes home to Skokie, Illinois to understand why her unique relationship with her parents motivated her to become a comedian. Documentary footage is intercut with Povitsky’s sharp stand-up, giving audiences a hilarious look into her origin story. “Esther Povitsky: Hot For My Name” is executive produced by Happy Madison.

For her first stand-up special, Esther Povitsky is out to prove that she wouldn’t be the mess she is if it weren’t for her parents. Filmed at the Dynasty Typewriter in Los Angeles and over four different shows — mainly as an excuse for her to wear four different outfits — Povitsky’s  material explores deep existential questions, such as why she’s like a slice of pizza in the bedroom, or why her ex-boyfriend’s wife blocked her on Facebook. The special also includes cameos by Christine TaylorAndrew Friedman and Priscilla Barnes.

Stand-Up fans are invited to post about the special on social media using the hashtag #HotForMyName.

“Esther Povitsky: Hot For My Name” is Executive Produced by Esther Povitsky and is Directed by Nicholaus Goossen, who also serves as Executive Producer along with Allen Covert, Judit Maull, and Robert Digby as Executive Producers for Happy Madison. Executives in charge of production for Comedy Central are Richard Burgio, Anne Harris, Jordy Ellner and Gabriella Yacyk.

A fixture of the LA comedy scene, Povitsky most recently starred opposite Kat Dennings in the series “Dollface,” which has been renewed for Season 2. She also co-created, co-starred and executive produced the show “Alone Together,” which ran for two seasons. Povitsky was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” in 2017 and performed at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, returning to the showcase that launched her career as a New Face in 2013. She’s had recurring roles on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Love,” and “Difficult People.” Additionally, she guest-starred in “Brooklyn 99,” Comedy Central’s “Workaholics” and “Key & Peele,” and “Lady Dynamite.”

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