Kevin Smith's Stand-Up Special Taped Before His Heart Attack Is Coming To TV

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Kevin Smith has made a name for himself in showbiz as a director and actor with an keen eye for delivering comedy, but he made headlines earlier this year for far more upsetting reasons. Back in February, Smith suffered a massive heart attack that very nearly resulted in his death, and it just so happened to occur right after he performed a stand-up comedy special that was filmed for Showtime. Now, it has been announced that not only will the special air, it will air next month.

The comedy special, called Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly, will air on May 11 on Showtime. It was taped the night before Kevin Smith suffered the heart attack that nearly killed him. It was the type of heart attack that has been dubbed a "widowmaker," and he would have died if not for the quick thinking of friends and the quick actions of medical professionals. The stand-up routine that should be a celebration of what Smith brings to comedy could have been much more tragic if things had transpired differently on February 25.

The stand-up routine that was filmed was the first of two performances that Kevin Smith was scheduled for on February 25, and it's only thanks to the decision to cancel the second show and seek medical help that Smith received treatment in time. Smith has described not feeling well after the first show of the day, throwing up before "sweating buckets," and his chest felt heavy. It will be difficult not to watch for any signs of illness while the special is airing, although we have to hope that he'll deliver enough laughs that viewers will forget that he was hours away from a massive heart attack when the routine was being filmed. In Silent But Deadly, THR reports that Kevin Smith will talk about marriage, fatherhood, friends, and his work.

The good news is Kevin Smith hasn't lost his sense of humor since the heart attack that followed his stand-up routine. His frank commentary on how he nearly died is laced with comedy, and he took a trip to Disneyland to celebrate. He has also received well wishes from people everywhere, ranging from fans to Disney to the Supergirl team. He'll even appear on the small screen with a role on The Flash on April 10 along with Jason Mewes.

You can catch Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly on Friday, May 11 at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime. For more viewing options, check out our midseason TV premiere schedule and our summer TV premiere guide. If streaming is more your style, swing by our rundowns of 2018 Netflix series and 2018 Amazon Prime series. For the shows that have gotten the axe on broadcast networks already in the 2017-2018 TV season, check out our list of network TV cancellations and renewals.

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