In his 2014 debut special, “Love at the Store,” the stand-up comic Jerrod Carmichael offered advice

to gay people about the right time to come out of the closet. “Save it until you need it,”

he said, quipping: “I would come out of the closet when a friend asked me to move.”

It’s one of many of his old jokes that hit differently after “Rothaniel,”

a riveting new special from Carmichael who, sitting onstage at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York,

reveals that he is gay, has been lying about it for years and wants to now tell the truth.

Coming out of the closet will be the headline, especially in a stand-up scene historically rife with homophobia,

but the most fascinating, charged material in this hour (premiering at 9 p.m. Friday on HBO)

grapples with the roots of his silence — and the price of breaking it. Stylishly directed by Bo Burnham,

who staged Carmichael’s last special, “8,” with similar idiosyncrasy,

Jerrod Carmichael Comes