This Netflix comedy series, based on writer Ryan O’Connell’s 2015 memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, puts a fresh new spin on what it means to be a Netflix comedy. Special stars O’Connell as a fictionalized version of himself (also named Ryan), a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who finally gets his life in gear after spending a whole lotta time pining away for the friends/job/men he wants. Of course this being a comedy, his carpe diem moment comes because he tells everyone at his hip new job that he was actually hit by a car and keeps the whole CP thing a secret. It helps that he actually was hit by a car, as O’Connell was IRL. Still, the lies snowball as O’Connell navigates life, going on dates, moving out of his mother’s house, and making new friends.
‘Special‘ wins the trophy in the Comedy: Longform category at the 2020 Webby Awards! Watch writer and actor of ‘Special’ Ryan O’Connell make his 5 word acceptance speech from home! Congratulations to all the WarnerMedia winners! For the full list, click here.
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Stage 13 leaves the 41st Annual Telly Awards with our hands full! Read the full list of winners here. Our shiny wins: ‘Special‘ brings home the Bronze in Comedy: Long Form or Series! ‘It’s Bruno!‘ grabs the Silver medal in Social Video: Media & Entertainment! ‘Family Style‘ doubles up with TWO Silver awards in Branded […]
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