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Ryan O’Connell gets his 15 minutes of fame (x8) with Netflix’s Special

April 11, 2019

The new comedy consists of eight 15-minute episodes inspired by the life of creator and lead actor Ryan O’Connell, 31, an openly gay man with cerebral palsy. This wasn’t how he initially envisioned his big acting debut, though. “I come from half-hour,” he tells EW, referring to his background writing network and cable TV shows. “I think in a lot of ways it made me a better writer because I really learned how to cut the fat,” he adds, “and at this point the episodes are so thin they’re like Nicole Ritchie running on the beach in 2005.”

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