Revisiting Ryan O’Connell on his Netflix comedy series ‘Special’

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Ryan O'Connell, creator and star of the Netflix series 'Special.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

For years, Ryan O’Connell was in the closet: not because he’s gay, which he is, but because he was ashamed of having cerebral palsy.  His cover? He’d been hit by a car--which was true. But eventually, that lie took a toll. O'Connell wrote a book about his life, and with his Netflix short-form series ‘Special,’ O’Connell is out in a big way. This we, we revisit our conversation with O’Connell, who tells us about the 4-year struggle to find a home for his autobiographical comedy, which is now nominated for 4 Emmys. Plus, an all new news banter!



Kim Masters


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