“REL” DEBUTS AS #1 SCRIPTED SERIES OF WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3

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“REL” DEBUTS AS #1 SCRIPTED SERIES OF WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3 

MULTI-CAM COMEDY GROWS TO 6.1 MILLION VIEWERS IN 3-DAY MULTI-PLATFORM, DELIVERING FOX’S MOST-WATCHED AND

HIGHEST-RATED COMEDY LAUNCH SINCE JANUARY 2017

 The Sunday, September 9th premiere of FOX’s new comedy, REL, posted a 2.0/8 Live+3 Day rating, launching as the week’s #1 scripted series and the night’s #1-tie entertainment program.  REL grew to 6.1 million viewers in 3-Day multi-platform, delivering the network’s most-watched and highest-rated comedy debut since “The Mick” on January 1, 2017.  In addition, REL posted FOX’s strongest 3-Day Total Multi-Platform audience since the Season Four finale of EMPIRE in May.

In addition, as part of its “Early RELease,” during which the series premiere episode was made available via on-demand and social media, REL delivered nearly 500,000 views on Twitter and YouTube. 

Inspired by the life of Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out,” “Insecure,” “The Carmichael Show”), REL is a multi-camera comedy starring Howery as a recently divorced husband and father who makes a fresh start on the West Side of Chicago, with the help of his best friend and unfiltered sounding board, BRITTANY (Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore, “Wild ’N Out”); his wayward younger brother, NAT (Jordan L. Jones, “NCIS: Los Angeles”); and his old-school DAD (Sinbad, “A Different World,” “Jingle All The Way”).

REL will make its time period premiere on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 9:30 PM ET/PT.

REL is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Jerrod Carmichael (“The Carmichael Show”), Mike Scully (“The Carmichael Show,” THE SIMPSONS), Howery, Josh Rabinowitz (“The Carmichael Show,” “Broad City”) and Kevin Barnett (“The Carmichael Show,” “Broad City”) are executive producers. Gerry Cohen (“The Carmichael Show,” “Married with Children”) directed the pilot.

COMEDY CENTRAL® ANNOUNCES THE TALENT LINE-UP FOR THE THIRD SEASON OF “THIS IS NOT HAPPENING”

Comedy Central’s raucous storytelling series hosted by Ari Shaffir, “This Is Not Happening,” is back at it again with a killer line-up of the best true-life, long-form storytellers. The third season will feature stories from Sofiya Alexandra, Gastor Almonte, Louie Anderson, Maria BamfordGreg BehrendtLavell CrawfordJoey DiazGreg Fitzsimmons, Sean Flannery, Al Jackson, Pete Johansson, Andy Kindler, Bert KreischerJoe ListJulian McCulloughBonnie McFarlaneBig Jay Oakerson, Russell Peters, Brian Regan, Dave Ross, Rory Scovel, Scruncho, Ryan Sickler, Steve Simeone, Doug Stanhope, Dan St. GermainNick Thune,Liza Treyger, Sal Vulcano, Andrew W.K. and more!

“This Is Not Happening” is set to film 10 new episodes in front of a live audience at Cheetahs in Hollywood from Sunday, May 22 through Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm each night. Tickets to “This Is Not Happening” tapings are free and may be requested athttp://www.theblacklistnyc.com/tinh. The stand-up series is scheduled to premiere fall 2016 on Comedy Central. “This Is Not Happening” originally debuted as a digital series on cc.com which will continue to feature exclusive digital stories throughout the run of the new season this fall.

“This Is Not Happening” is executive produced by Shaffir, Jeff Tomsic, who directs, Eric Abrams, who also serves as Showrunner, and Avalon’s Sam Saifer. Anne Harris and Ryan Moran are the Executives in Charge for Comedy Central.

Comedy Central is the home for the biggest names in stand-up including one-hour specials from top comedians Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Jim Gaffigan, Hannibal Buress, Natasha Leggero, Chris Hardwick, David Spade, Gabriel Iglesias, Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, and more. Comedy Central stand-up series include “Adam Devine’s House Party,” “This Is Not Happening,” “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” and “The Half Hour.”

For clips, trailers, and other behind-the-scenes content visit www.cc.com/stand-up.

COMEDY CENTRAL® TO FILM PETE DAVIDSON’S FIRST ONE-HOUR STAND-UP SPECIAL "PETE DAVIDSON: SMD" on April 30, to Premiere Fall 2016 on Comedy Central

One of stand-up comedy’s brightest rising stars, Pete Davidson is set to film his first one-hour stand-up special during two sold-out shows at the Skirball Center in New York City on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. ET. “Pete Davidson: SMD” is scheduled to premiere fall 2016 on Comedy Central.

At 21, Davidson is the youngest member of the current “Saturday Night Live cast,” as well as the first SNL cast member to be born in the 1990’s. Davidson was named by Variety as one of their “Top 10 Comics to Watch for 2014,” and made headlines as one of the featured Roasters on the “Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber” in 2015.

Davidson’s TV credits include Comedy Central’s “Adam Devine’s House Party” and “Comedy Underground with Dave Attell” and MTV’s “Guy Code” and “Wild ‘n Out,” along with a cameo in the box office hit “Trainwreck.”

The special is executive produced by Davidson, Tim Sarkes, and Joel Gallen, who will direct. Broadway Video will serve as consulting producers. Anne Harris and Miro Terrell are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.

COMEDY CENTRAL’S "THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH" SET FOR A TWO-WEEK ROAD TRIP TO COVER THE 2016 REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” is primed and ready to hit the road to cover the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, producing a special week of shows in each city. “The Daily Show’s” coverage of the 2016 RNC will be telecast from The Breen Center for the Performing Arts in Cleveland from Tuesday, July 19 through Friday, July 22 with coverage of the 2016 DNC telecast from the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from Tuesday, July 26 through Friday, July 29. The two-week special convention coverage is scheduled to premiere nightly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

“As someone who knows almost nothing about how American politics works, I look forward to spending two weeks with people just like me,” said Trevor Noah.

Tickets for the tapings are free and only available through dedicated “Daily Show” convention ticket websites and not through the host venues. Tapings in Cleveland will take place from July 19-22 at The Breen Center for the Performing Arts located at 2008 West 30th Street and can be requested via dailyshow.com/RNCtickets. Tapings in Philadelphia will take place from July 26-29 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania which is located at 3680 Walnut Street and can be requested viadailyshow.com/DNCtickets.

This marks the 5th time the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series has gone on the road to cover the National Conventions and the 12th time the series has taken its critically-acclaimed election coverage on the road for a special week of episodes, having previously travelled to Philadelphia (2000 RNC), Los Angeles (2000 DNC), Boston (2004 DNC), Denver (2008 DNC), Minneapolis (2008 RNC), Tampa (2012 RNC) and Charlotte (2012 DNC) and to Washington, D.C. (2002), Columbus, OH (2006), Washington, D.C. (2010) and Austin, TX (2014) for special midterm election coverage.

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” airs Mondays-Thursdays at 11:00 p.m. on Comedy Central and is available to stream the following day on thedailyshow.com and the Comedy Central App. Viewers can follow “The Daily Show” on Twitter (4.1 million followers), Instagram (309K followers) and Snapchat and by becoming a fan of “The Daily Show” on Facebook (5.3 million fans). Fans can follow Trevor Noah on Twitter (3.2 million followers), Facebook (3.0 million fans) and Instagram (803K followers).

“The Daily Show” is a 23-time Emmy® Award-winner (including a record ten consecutive wins for program) with a grand total of 60 Primetime Emmy® nominations. The series is also a two-time winner of the prestigious Peabody® Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

Trevor Noah, Steve Bodow, Jen Flanz, Tim Greenberg, Jill Katz and Adam Lowitt are the Executive Producers of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” with Ian Berger, Pam DePace, Justin Melkmann, Elise Terrell and Baratunde Thurston as Supervising Producers. Zhubin Parang is the Head Writer with Daniel Radosh as Senior Writer. The series is directed by Chuck O’Neil.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center has been the region’s leading multi-disciplinary performance venue for theatre, dance, jazz, world music, new music and children’s programming since its inception in 1971. The Annenberg Center’s curatorial vision emphasizes four primary values: artistic integrity, cultural diversity, curatorial balance and a willingness to take risks. By presenting world-renowned and cutting edge artists and companies that express adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues, timeless ideas and diverse cultures, the Annenberg Center promotes critical thinking and dialogue among its audiences, creating a uniquely rewarding arts experience. The Annenberg Center has achieved national recognition for its outstanding Dance Celebration series (previously presented in partnership with Philadelphia’s Dance Affiliates), touring theatre series, and for its superior offerings for children, including both its Arts4Youth Series and the acclaimed 30 plus year Philadelphia International Children’s Festival, the oldest festival of its kind in the United States.

Available on-air, online and on-the-go, on Comedy Central (www.cc.com).

THE YEAR OF AMY SCHUMER CONTINUES WITH THE RETURN OF COMEDY CENTRAL’S® HIT SERIES “INSIDE AMY SCHUMER” ON THURSDAY, APRIL 21

  • Guest Stars Include Jake Gyllenhaal, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Laura Linney, Lenah Dunham, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Josh Charles, Sam Rockwell, Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel and Patton Oswalt
  • Users Can Visit cc.com/Amy for Episode Highlights and a Digital Series Set in the “Inside Amy Schumer” Writers’ Room
  • Digital Box Set “Inside Amy Schumer Seasons 1-3 Uncensored” Now Available on iTunes, Microsoft Movies and TV and Vudu

The Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning hit comedy show “Inside Amy Schumer” returns with a bang, continuing to push the limits of comedy. Schumer skewers everything from gender politics to human behavior in another season of sketch, stand-up comedy, and interviews. Nine new episodes begin on Thursday, April 21 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT as the series continues to explore topics revolving around sex and relationships, and delves into how you can never be too exposed.

In season four, Schumer meets a bad boy chef, gives birth at a tea party, and is elected president of the United States. This season also features a stellar lineup of guest appearances including Selena Gomez, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Liam Neeson, Harvey Keitel, Laura Linney, Jennifer Hudson, Lena Dunham, Julianne Moore, Josh Charles, Steve Buscemi, Michael Strahan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sam Rockwell, Amber Rose, Irina Shayk, David Spade, Julia Stiles, Patton Oswalt, Justin Long, Natasha Lyonne, Andy Cohen, Questlove, Mena Suvari, Jim Norton, Michael Ian Black, Anthony Bourdain, Chris Parnell, Amber Tamblyn, Rachel Dratch, Abby Elliott, Jessica Williams, Bridget Everett, Jon Glaser, Perez Hilton, Missi Pyle, Ralphie May, Tim Meadows, Jon Benjamin, Reg E. Cathey, Sarah Chalke, Jemaine Clement, Vernon Davis, Greg Olsen and F. Murray Abraham.

Amy Schumer has proven herself one of the entertainment industry’s leading forces as a stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer and director. Her critically acclaimed series was given the 2016 Writers Guild Award for “Best Comedy/Variety Sketch” series. Last fall the show was honored with its first-ever Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Sketch Variety Series” and one for “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” for the song “Girl You Don’t Need Makeup.” Schumer was also nominated for “Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series” and “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.”  She also received honors for “Individual Achievement in Comedy” and “Outstanding Achievement in Comedy” from the Television Critics Association in 2015.  Additionally, she was awarded the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series.” “Inside Amy Schumer” received the prestigious Peabody® Award in 2014.

Throughout the new season, fans can watch exclusive, uncensored highlight clips, as well as get an extended look at the series via the “Inside Amy Schumer” Web site at cc.com/amy. In addition, the “Inside Amy Schumer” Facebook page(facebook.com/InsideAmySchumer) will be updated multiple times a week with the latest content from the show including memes and gifs. Additionally, a new digital series will give viewers a look “behind the curtain” at the writers’ room to see the hilarious inner workings on the show. Fans can also follow Amy on Twitter (@amyschumer) and Instagram (instagram.com/amyschumer).

On April 21, episodes from season four of “Inside Amy Schumer” will also be made available on the Comedy Central App and cc.com.  The first episode of the season will be available with no login required.  Seasons 1-3 will be available (login required) on the Comedy Central App and cc.com in the two weeks leading up to the season four premiere on April 21. Episodes will be available for download day after air on iTunes, Amazon Video, Microsoft Movies and TV, Sony Entertainment Network, Vudu, Verizon Flexview, and Google Play. And in advance of the new season, a digital box set “Inside Amy Schumer Seasons 1-3 Uncensored” will be released on March 21 on iTunes, Microsoft Movies and TV and Vudu.

For more information, please visit Comedy Central (www.cc.com)

“TIME TRAVELING BONG” FROM “BROAD CITY’S” ILANA GLAZER, PAUL W. DOWNS AND LUCIA ANIELLO DEBUTS ON COMEDY CENTRAL ON 4/20 AT 10:30 P.M. ET/PT FOLLOWING THE SEASON THREE FINALE OF “BROAD CITY”

  • The 4/20 Special Will Air Over Three Consecutive Nights April 20, 21, 22 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT Parts One and Two Will Re-air on Friday, April 22 Starting at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT Leading Into the Premiere of Part 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
  • “Time Traveling Bong” Stars Glazer and Downs and is Directed by Aniello, And Written and Executive Produced by Glazer, Downs and Aniello

Go on the trip of a lifetime with the premiere of the three-part mini-series “Time Traveling Bong.” The limited series from the minds of “Broad City‘s” Ilana Glazer, Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello will debut on 4/20 (of course) at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT following the season three finale of “Broad City” on Comedy Central. As part of a special, three-night event, “Time Traveling Bong” will roll out over three consecutive nights, April 20, 21, 22 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Parts one and two will also re-air on Friday, April 22 starting at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT leading into the premiere of part 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The series centers on cousins played by Glazer and Downs who discover that their bong has the ability to transport them through space and time.

In “Time Traveling Bong” Glazer and Downs play Sharee and Jeff, two mediocre, suburban cousins who live together in a condo left to them by their grandmother in New Jersey. Their mundane lives take a twisted turn when they find a bong that also serves as a time machine, which transports them to Salem, Massachusetts in the height of the witch trial era, the racially segregated South in the 1960s, ancient Greece and even the dystopian future, among other times and places. Their buzz is killed when the bong breaks and they are forced to bounce around the space time continuum, learning to appreciate that there’s no time like the present.

For additional content, fans can check out “After the Smoke Clears,” a digital only-series that revisits the characters Sharee and Jeff meet throughout their time travels and whose lives they have irrevocably altered, for better or worse. And for an in-depth look at the production of the show, fans can watch “Behind the Bong,” a behind-the-scenes digital-only series that shows how the cast and crew recreated Ancient Greece, small town America in the 1960s, Salem in the 1690s, and the not-too-distant-future and features interviews with Glazer and Downs. “After the Smoke Clears” and “Behind the Bong” will be available on cc.com/timetravelingbongand the Comedy Central App on 4/20. Highlights and footage from “Time Traveling Bong” will also be found during the season on the Comedy Central channel on Snapchat Discover.

“Time Traveling Bong” is executive produced and written by Glazer, Downs and Aniello, who also directed the series, and executive produced by Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment and Sam Reich. Sarah Babineau and Samantha Schles are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.

All three-parts of “Time Traveling Bong” will be available on the Comedy Central app and oncc.com on 4/20. The Comedy Central App is available for free for iOS on the App Store, for Android on the Google Play store, and on Chromecast and Xbox One. Each part of the mini-series will be available to download-to-own day after air on iTunes, Amazon Video, Microsoft Movies and TV, Verizon Multi-Screen, Vudu and Google Play.

Glazer is a Critics Choice Award nominated actress, comedian and writer based in New York City. Along with Abbi Jacobson, she is a creator, writer, executive producer and star of the original ECNY’s (Emerging Comic New York) nominated web series “Broad City;” Glazer also received an individual nomination for her stand-up that same year. In 2014 the cultural phenomena that is now “Broad City” debuted on Comedy Central to rave reviews and continues to receive critical acclaim. Now in its third season on Comedy Central and already pick-up for seasons four and five, “Broad City” was recently nominated by the Writers Guild of America for “Best Comedy Series.” For Glazer’s work on the series in 2014, she received a Critics Choice Television Award nomination.

Glazer has been a writer and actress in various indie projects, and is regularly featured in video content for ESPN, Asylum, VH1, and MTV. Her ECNY nominated live show “High School Talent Show” (which she co-created with her brother Eliot Glazer) ran at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater NY for over three years and had such guest stars including Zach Galifianakis. Glazer is a graduate of New York University, has trained at Upright Citizens Brigade NY and is originally from Long Island. Glazer was also recently seen in the film “The Night Before” opposite Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Downs is a comedian, writer and actor who plays Trey Pucker, Abbi’s boss on “Broad City.” Behind the camera, he serves as a writer and co-executive producer of the show. Downs can also be seen in his half hour comedy special on Netflix as part of its new series “The Characters” and in the upcoming indie feature “Ghost Team.” Aniello is a co-executive producer of Comedy Central’s “Broad City” for which she also writes and directs. Together Downs and Aniello are the comedy team Pauliu. They were recently hired to write a female spin-off of “21 Jump Street” and are currently in pre-production on an original motion picture feature for Sony titled “Move That Body,” which they co-wrote, with Aniello directing and Downs to co-star.

Available on-air, online and on-the-go, on Comedy Central (www.cc.com)

“THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH” TAPS COMEDIAN MICHELLE WOLF AS NEWEST CONTRIBUTOR AND WRITER ON COMEDY CENTRAL’S® LATE NIGHT FRANCHISE

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” adds Michelle Wolf as an on-air contributor and writer, it was announced today by Trevor Noah, Executive Producer, Writer and Host of the program. Wolf is the latest contributor to join “The Daily Show’s” “The Best F#@ing News Team.”

Wolf (@michelleisawolf) is a New York-based writer and stand-up comedian who most recently worked as a writing supervisor on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” where she also made her late-night television debut as a comic in July 2014. Wolf appeared regularly on “Late Night” in various bits and as the popular reoccurring character she created, “Grown-Up Annie.” She has also made numerous appearances on Comedy Central’s “@midnight.” Additionally, Wolf created and starred in two Comedy Central digital series, “Used People” and “Now Hiring.” She was named to Vulture’s list of “50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015; Time Out New York listed her as one of “The Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC;” Complex Magazine put Wolf on their list of “50 Funniest Comedians on Twitter;” and she was selected as one of the “New Faces of Comedy” for the 2014 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

Wolf headlines comedy clubs and colleges all over the United States. She has performed at the Riot LA Comedy Festival and as part of the San Francisco Sketchfest Dozen. This past summer Wolf continued the festival circuit with performances at Moontower, Bonnaroo and the Dublin Comedy Festival.

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” airs on Mondays-Thursdays at 11:00 p.m. on Comedy Central and is available to stream the following day on thedailyshow.com and the Comedy Central App. Viewers can follow “The Daily Show” on Twitter (4.1 million followers), Instagram(299K followers) and Snapchat and by becoming a fan of “The Daily Show” on Facebook (5.3 million fans). Fans can follow Trevor Noah on Twitter (3.2 million followers), Facebook (2.9 million fans) and Instagram (782K followers).

“The Daily Show” is a 23-time Emmy® Award-winner (including a record ten consecutive wins for program) with a grand total of 60 Primetime Emmy® nominations. The series is also a two-time winner of the prestigious Peabody® Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

Trevor Noah, Steve Bodow, Jen Flanz, Tim Greenberg, Jill Katz and Adam Lowitt are the Executive Producers of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” with Ian Berger, Pam DePace, Justin Melkmann, Elise Terrell and Baratunde Thurston as Supervising Producers. Zhubin Parang is the Head Writer with Daniel Radosh as Senior Writer. The series is directed by Chuck O’Neil.

Available on-air, online and on-the-go, on Comedy Central (www.cc.com)

COMEDY CENTRAL® ANNOUNCES 2016-2017 CONTENT DEVELOPMENT SLATE INCLUDING FIVE SERIES PICK-UPS, TEN NEW SPECIALS AND ELEVEN PILOT ORDERS

  • Series Greenlights Including Two Stand-Up Series Produced by Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Productions, “Jeff Ross Presents: Roast Battle,” An Untitled Comedy Documentary Series And A Digital Series Starring Nick Swardson and Simon Rex
  • New One-Hour Stand-Up Specials From Kurt Braunohler, Deon Cole, Pete Davidson, Joe DeRosa, Trevor Moore, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder and “The Goddamn Comedy Jam”
  • “The Daily Show’s” Jessica Williams and Jordan Klepper Sign Talent Development Deals
  • Production Deals Include Projects from Amy Schumer, Chris Hardwick, Channing Tatum, Olivia Wilde, Jack Black, Eva Longoria, Ed Helms, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, Abominable Pictures, Above Average, Funny Or Die, Gloria Sanchez Productions, and Serious Business, among others

On the heels of a series of renewals and extensions and the announcement of an unprecedented development slate exclusive to Snapchat, Comedy Central today reveals the balance of its 2016-2017 content development slate, including five series pick-ups, ten new specials and eleven pilot orders, it was announced by Kent Alterman, President, Original Programming, Comedy Central.

The scope of the announcements further solidify Comedy Central as the home of the smartest, funniest series and talent with the most vibrant, expansive and multiplatform development pipeline in the industry, and exemplifies the #1 brand in comedy’s breadth and depth of content across all screens and platforms and its commitment to find, cultivate and grow unique comedic voices and serve them to their fans.

“As anyone can see, we are continuing our tradition of collaborating with the smartest, funniest talent – both established and emerging, and in front of or behind the camera – to develop content across every imaginable platform, whether through long form, short form or ephemeral form, that is always bound by a strong, distinctive point of view,” said Alterman. “Otherwise, the announcement speaks for itself.”

Comedy series/specials orders have been handed out to:

  •  Jordan Klepper – “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” correspondent Jordan Klepper will star in a special revolving around social, cultural and political issues
  • Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Productions – will produce and star in two original, stand-up series
  • Jeff Ross – will bring the popular “Roast Battles” from the comedy club to the screen; and follow up his acclaimed special “Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals” with “Jeff Ross Roasts the Police”
  • Untitled Comedy Documentaries – Comedy Central is making an unprecedented commitment to a series of cutting edge comedy documentaries thatwill offer a specific and unique take on compelling stories from the world of comedy - a project conceived for the network by Emmy®-nominated “Drunk History” and “Another Period” executive producer and director, Jeremy Konner, and Pentimento Productions documentary Producer Emma Pildes.
  • Stand-up Specials – Kurt Braunohler, Deon Cole, Pete Davidson, Joe DeRosa, Trevor Moore, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder and The Goddamn Comedy Jam
  • “Typical Rick” – a digital series from creators Nick Swardson and filmmaker Nicholaus Goossen, which will star Swardson and Simon Rex

In other development news, Comedy Central has signed “Daily Show with Trevor Noah” correspondents Jessica Williams and Jordan Klepper to independent development deals, with Williams co-writing, producing and starring in a half-hour scripted narrative pilot and Klepper producing and starring in a late night talk show presentation. Production deals include projects from Amy SchumerChris HardwickChanning TatumOlivia WildeJack BlackEva LongoriaEd HelmsMelissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, along with Abominable Pictures, Above Average, Funny Or Die, Gloria Sanchez Productions, and Serious Business, among others. Details on series greenlights, and pilot and script deals follow below.

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2016-2017 CONTENT DEVELOPMENT SLATE

SERIES/SPECIALS GREENLIGHTS

  • “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City” – produced by Hartbeat Productions, this eight-episode series follows Kevin Hart as he travels to different cities to explore the local comedy scenes in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Birmingham, Miami and Sacramento. In this series, executive produced by Hart, Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment, Leland “Pookey” Wigington and Michele Armour, Hart will introduce some of the newest voices in comedy today. Jonas Larsen and JoAnn Grigioni are the Executives in Charge for Comedy Central.
  • Untitled Kevin Hart Stand-Up Series – also produced by Hartbeat Productions, this stand-up series features six half-hour episodes of stand-up where Kevin Hart will spotlight one up-and-coming comedian each episode. Executive produced by Hart, Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment and Leland “Pookey” Wigington. Jonas Larsen and JoAnn Grigioni are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
  • “Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle” – this new competition comedy special features a no-holds-barred verbal boxing match where comedians go head-to-head in a battle of wit and insults. Led by the Roastmaster General, Jeff Ross, and the referee/comedian, Brian Moses, this Fight Club of comedy is presented in a bracket style competition where two comics in each round face off, roast each other and a winner is declared by a celebrity panel of judges. This unique comedy competition is a true clash of the sharpest, funniest, roast comics on the planet. Welcome to the Thunderdome of comedy! Executive produced by Ross, Joel Gallen, Amy Zvi, Willie Mercer, Moses and Rell Battle. Jonas Larsen, Christian McLaughlin, Jordan Ellner and Ryan Moran are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
  • “Jeff Ross Roasts the Police” – Freeze, you’re under a-roast! America’s Roastmaster General, Jeff Ross, steps into some burning national issues and rides along in the hottest seat in town in his new one-hour special. Following on the heels of his celebrated roast of inmates and guards at the Brazos County Jail, this special finds Jeff looking at the complicated national issues surrounding policing; from race, profiling and excessive force to the risks officers take every day and the effect that police work has on their lives, families and health. To understand what it means to be a cop in America today, Ross steps behind the thin blue line for a ride-along/Roast-along with a cross section of officers from a major, metropolitan police force. Along the way, Jeff meets with perps, anti-police activists, newly-minted cadets and seasoned top brass. Executive produced by Ross, Nick McKinney, Meghan O’Hara, Stu Miller, Amy Zvi and Willie Mercer. Jonas Larsen and Christian McLaughlin are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
  • Untitled Comedy Documentaries – Comedy Central is making an unprecedented commitment to a series of cutting edge comedy documentaries thatwill offer a specific and unique take on compelling stories from the world of comedy - a project conceived for the network by Emmy®-nominated “Drunk History” and “Another Period” executive producer and director, Jeremy Konner, and Pentimento Productions documentary Producer Emma Pildes. The network is partnering with Konner and the award-winning team at Susan Lacy’s Pentimento Productions – Emma Pildes, Jessica Levin and the legendary documentarian Susan Lacy — creator and former executive producer of the multiple award-winning PBS cultural biography series “American Masters.” Comedy Central will invite notable comedy talent, writers, producers and directors to tell a specific story that is personal, unique and anchored in comedy. Each documentary will have its own look, feel and sensibility based on the storyteller’s personal perspective. These new stories will be surprising, funny and will use a visual language to give each film a singular identity.
  • “Typical Rick” – this five-episode, digital series stars Nick Swardson as “Gary” and Simon Rex as “Rick,” best friends from the Midwest who move to Hollywood in an attempt to chase their dreams…well, “Gary’s” dreams. Unfortunately for this odd couple, “Rick” turns out to be the worst “plus one” in history, constantly imploding any chance of success with the same inappropriate party-guy antics he’s displayed their whole lives. Created by Swardson and filmmaker Nicholaus Goossen, who will also direct, “Typical Rick” filters life in Los Angeles through their unique voice. Jordan Ellner, Rachel Olson and Natalie Gergely are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
  • Untitled Jordan Klepper Special – “Daily Show” correspondent Jordan Klepper brings his unique point-of-view to this special that focuses on social, cultural and political issues. Executive produced by Klepper and Kirsten Ames. Sarah Babineau and Ari Pearce are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
  • Untitled Goddamn Comedy Jam Special – An Ugly Brothers Studios production, this one-hour special is executive produced by Joel Gallen, Josh Adam Meyers and Mike and Tim Duffy. Based on the hit underground live show called The Goddamn Comedy Jam, it’s the intersection of comedy genius and rock & roll dreams featuring five stand-up comedians telling funny, poignant and ridiculous stories that have an association with an iconic hit song. After each story, the comedians sing their song live backed by the Comedy Jam Band. Jonas Larsen, Gary Mann and Ryan Moran are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
  • Untitled Pete Davidson Stand-up Special – “SNL” cast member, Pete Davidson, will shoot his first one-hour stand-up special at the Skirball Center in NYC on April 30.Executive produced by Davidson, Tim Sarkes, and Joel Gallen, who will direct. Andrew Singer and Erin Doyle will serve as consulting producers for Broadway Video. Anne Harris and Miro Terrell are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
  • “Deon Cole: Cole Blooded Seminar” – Deon Cole gets it poppin’ in Washington DC’s Lincoln Theatre in his first one-hour stand-up special. The “Conan” writer and co-star of “Black-ish” explains what’s thicker than cold peanut butter, knowing when better looking dudes are around, how to manage his blackness and more. Executive produced by Cole, Kirsten Ames and Pupcake Productions’ Neal Marshall. JoAnn Grigioni is the Executive in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
  • “Big Jay Oakerson Live at Webster Hall” – “Big” Jay Oakerson makes his one-hour special debut on Comedy Central. Filmed at the legendary New York City music venue provides the perfect heavy metal comedy vibe for Jay’s special. Jay’s comedy is raw, compelling and honest to the core, as he takes viewers on a journey of brutal truths about his relationship with his daughter, sexual tension between he and his best friend Dave and offers advice to women on how to delicately handle men with an unfortunate penis size. Big Jay’s comedy special will bring couples together, tear them apart or just make them laugh. Executive produced by Oakerson, Cris Italia, David Kimowitz and Tony Hernandez. Christian McLaughlin and Miro Terrell are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
  • “Dan Soder: Not Special” – filmed at the historic Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia, Dan Soder’s first stand-up special offers up his smart, unpretentious take on fancy potheads, tech-savvy two-year olds, only children, and his new way to release tension. He also thinks his “Nana” is better than yours. “Dan Soder: Not Special” is executive produced by Soder, Brian Stern, and Neal Marshall. JoAnn Grigioni and Miro Terrell are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
  • Untitled Kurt Braunohler Stand-up Special – Comedian, sky writer, and master of the absurd, Kurt Braunohler, will shoot his first one-hour stand-up special this fall. It is executive produced by Braunohler and Avalon. Anne Harris is the Executive in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
  • Untitled Joe DeRosa Stand-up Special – Joe DeRosa will shoot his first one-hour stand-up special this fall. Ryan Moran is the Executive in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
  • Untitled Trevor Moore Stand-up Special – In his second one hour specialTrevor Moore willuse music and sketch to talk about a large variety of topics (but mostly about a girl named Krystal who would never talk to him in high school). Jonas Larsen, JoAnn Grigioni and Jordan Ellner are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.

PILOT AND SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT

(all titles listed are working titles)

  • Untitled Jessica Williams Project – “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” correspondent brings her unique point-of-view to a narrative scripted pilot executive produced, starring and written by Williams with Naomi Ekperigin. Williams, a writer and performer out of the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, joined “The Daily Show” in 2012 as their youngest correspondent. She had a recurring role in the third season of HBO’s “Girls” and appeared in the Sundance comedy, “People Places Things.” Williams was also named one of Variety’s“Top 10 Comics to Watch” in 2012 and was included on Variety’s 2015 New York Women’s Impact Report.
  • Untitled Jordan Klepper Project – “Daily Show” correspondent Jordan Klepper has signed a development deal with Comedy Central for a late night talk show presentation. Executive produced by Klepper and Kirsten Ames. Klepper joined “The Daily Show” in 2014 after years at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. He also worked as a writer and contributor on the Big Ten Network show, “Friday Night Tailgate,” “Charlamagne & Friends,” and as a contributing writer on HBO’s “Ferrell Takes the Field.”
  • Untitled Rachel Feinstein Project –this half-hour pilot starring Rachel Feinstein features hidden camera segments where Feinstein goes undercover to perform social experiments that tackle a different issue or theme each week. The series includes stand-up, sketch and conversations with comedians where Feinstein riffs on the week’s theme. Executive produced by Feinstein, Brennan Shroff, Amy Schumer, Kim Caramele, Steve Ast and JAX Media’s Tony Hernandez.
  • Untitled Justin Willman Project – Comedian Justin Willman aims to fix the world’s greatest problems and social injustices using the only logical method we have left: Magic. The half-hour pilot is executive produced by Willman, Chris Hardwick, Stuart Miller and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray and Tim Sarkes.
  • “Do You Want to See a Dead Body?” – based on the Funny or Die shorts, “Do You Want to See a Dead Body?” is a half-hour, scripted pilot that follows Rob Huebel as he embarks on a bizarre quest/adventure to see a dead body with a different celebrity guest each week. Written by Huebel and directed by Nicholas Jasenovec, the pilot is executive produced by Huebel, Jasenovec, Owen Burke, Jonathan Stern’s Abominable Pictures, and Funny Or Die.
  • “Germany” (pilot presentation) – an animated series about a community of germs living in a Petri dish at the University of Berlin. Executive produced by and starring Channing Tatum, “Germany” explores the trials and tribulations of diverse microorganisms living in a microcosm of our world – complete with political scandals, climate change and vaccination deniers. “Germany” is a unique world in which both the laughter and the characters are contagious. The show was created by Aaron Karo and is also executive produced by Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan through their Free Association banner.
  • Hood Adjacent” – Based on the Comedy Central original series, “Swag-A-Sauraus with James Davis” on Snapchat Discover, Davis, who was born and raised in South Central, one block away from where the sh** goes down, uses his multifaceted hybrid brand of comedy to share his unique take on the world. In this pilot, Davis educates the live and intimate audience on contemporary urban topics, bridging the gap between Urban and Mainstream comedy. Written and executive produced by Davis and Doug Karo and executive produced by Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray and Shawna Kornberg
  • “Live From Everywhere” – shot in front of a studio audience, this live, half-hour variety show for the digital generation uses live streams to orchestrate the coolest, most unpredictable hangouts with celebrities and comedians. Executive produced by Sharp Entertainment’s Matt Sharp and Dan Adler.
  • “Problematic with Moshe Kasher” – a half-hour pilot hosted by Moshe Kasher who uses his own brand of “comedy journalism” to crawl into the social media muck of our most polarizing issues, provocative questions and heated arguments and dissect them in front of a studio audience. The multiplatform show seeks to understand the current culture of online outrage and discuss previously unexamined viewpoints on a number of topics in a stimulating and comedic debate. Executive produced by Moshe Kasher, Serious Business’ Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler and Jon Zimelis (“@midnight with Chris Hardwick”), as well as Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman of 3 Arts Entertainment. Blagg will also be head writer and showrunner on the pilot.
  • Rudy (pilot presentation) – an animated project written by Robert Padnick that follows childish “cholo” Rudy Cisneros who, after serving a 15-year prison sentence, wants to dissociate from gang life and start being there for his wife, kids and abuelita. Executive produced by Ed Helms and Mike Falbo of Pacific Electric and Animated by Titmouse. Based on Mike Catherwood’s childhood and his “Rudy” character on “Loveline.” Catherwood, Fred Armisen, Kether Donohue, Tony Revolori, and Danny Trejo make up the voice cast.
  • “Storytime” – based on the web series created by Chioke Nassor, this half-hour pilot follows three comedians who recreate personal stories by playing every character in their story in dreamlike reenactments. In between segments, the performers and a host sit at a roundtable dissecting and reacting to one another’s stories in front of a live audience. Executive produced by Nassor, Above Average and co-executive produced by Julie Miller. Nassor will direct.
  • Untitled Kyle Dunnigan Project (script deal) – this script, set at a superhero academy, follows Kyle Dunnigan (“Inside Amy Schumer”) as a professor with unimpressive powers. Written by Dunnigan and Kim Caramele (“Inside Amy Schumer”) and executive produced by Dunnigan, Caramele and Amy Schumer.
  • “Awkwafina” (script deal) – half-hour scripted narrative that focuses on a heightened version of Nora Lum, better known as rapper Awkwafina, as she navigates the underground hip hop community in Queens. As Awkwafina, Lum sets out to bring together her naturally-comedic personality with her rapping, producing viral songs like “My Vag,” “NYC Bitche$,” and “Giant Margaritas”—a song inspired by New York City’s ban on large sodas. On the acting front, Nora will be featured in “Neighbors 2” coming out this summer.
  • Best Seller (script deal) – executive produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum’s Gloria Sanchez Productions along with Olivia Wilde, this script written by Nora Kirkpatrick and Dennis McNicholas, is set in the world of a third rate home shopping network. After the reigning queen of the channel is electrocuted on-air during a hair drying demonstration gone wrong, her three venomous power hungry disciples enter into a cutthroat competition for her coveted time slot.
  • “Casey Vs.” (script deal) – Casey Jost one-ups “Man vs. Wild” in the most extreme survival guide ever made and teaches viewers how to handle everything from the zombie apocalypse to an alien invasion. Executive produced by Casey Jost, Krister Johnson, Marla Ratner and Jim Biederman and written by Johnson.
  • “Delco Proper” (script deal) – based on the Comedy Central digital series, “Delco Proper” centers around a family owned lumber yard and its blue collar crew made up of hardworking locals who never left their hometown in Delaware County, PA. The digital series is created, executive produced, written by and starring Tommy Pope and John McKeever, who also directs the series.
  • “Drunk Girl/High Guy” (script deal) – this Sarah Walker script follows the adventures of two best friends and work wife/work husband in New York City – a girl who is almost always drunk, and a guy who is almost always high.
  • “East 89th” (script deal) – based on Sean Donnelly’s real life experiences centering around the dysfunctional doormen of a luxury high-rise building on East 89th Street in New York City. Executive produced and written by Donnelly and Danny Solomon.
  • “GERP” (script deal) – Produced by Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite and co-written by Dick Blasucci (“Mad TV”) and Janine DeTullio (“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”), this show within a show follows a federal worker who hosts a government produced variety TV show from inside his cubicle during the work day. It’s all part of the Government Entertainment Recovery Program created in response to a decline in the American spirit and laughter over the past 10 years. Their mission statement is simple, give every American citizen a reason to feel good about themselves again through ‘high energy’ bipartisan entertainment.
  • Legal-ish (script deal) – written by Dave Storrs and Steve Mallory, follows a well-meaning slacker who finds himself on the jury bench of the longest-running case at his local courthouse. Executive produced by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone’s On the Day Productions.
  • “New Timers” (script deal) – based on the Comedy Central Digital series, “New Timers” takes place following an apocalyptic “event.” Matt Porter and Charlie Hankin, who create, star, executive produce and direct the series, now live their day-to-day in what’s left of Brooklyn, looking for adventures, new friends and ways to pass the time.
  •  Tijuana Beach (script deal) – this animated project follows a Mexican American father who inherits a rundown resort from his uncle and relocates his family to Mexico. Executive produced and written by Tommy Dewey, Greg Bratman and “The Daily Show’s” Al Madrigal. Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment will also executive produce.
  • “Used People” (script deal) – based on the Comedy Central digital series written by Michelle Wolf and Dan Soder, “Used People” follows uptight Michelle and stoner Dan who spend their days arguing, obsessing over their messy personal lives and – theoretically – selling used cars. Executive produced by Wolf, Soder, AGI Entertainment’s Brian Stern and Dixon Talent’s Dan Bodansky.

All-New Stand-Up Special "Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple" Premieres Saturday, April 23 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central

  • In the Comedy Central App and on cc.com on April 24
  • Extended and Uncensored Version Available April 26 on CC: Stand-Up Direct, iTunes, Amazon Video, Microsoft Movies & TV, Vudu, Verizon Multi-Screen, Google Play and Sony Entertainment Network

Possible spoiler: she wears black the whole time. Rachel Feinstein’s first one-hour stand-up special “Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple” premieres with limited commercial interruption on Saturday, April 23 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

Filmed in front of a packed New York City audience at Gerald W. Lynch Theater, Feinstein tackles a variety of topics with her blunt humor, including her love of “Christian sleepovers” and the reason why dick pics are unnecessary. Feinstein also demonstrates an incredible talent for embodying memorable characters such as her terrifyingly mature middle school crush, her overbearing mother, her judgmental grandmother and porn star Jenna Jameson.

Leading up to the on-air premiere, Comedy Central Stand-Up and cc.com/Rachel_Feinstein will feature preview clips from the special. Clips from “Only Whores Wear Purple” will also be available in the CC app and the Comedy Central channel on Snapchat Discover. Fans can follow Feinstein on Twitter at @RachelFeinstein and Comedy Central Stand-Up at @ccstandup, and tweet using the hashtag #OnlyWhores to join the social conversation around the special.

“Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple” will be available on April 24 on cc.com and in the Comedy Central App to fans that sign in via their cable or satellite provider. The Comedy Central App is available for iPad and iPhone on the App Store, Android onGoogle Play, Roku, Xbox One and Chromecast. The extended and uncensored version will be available for download on CC: Stand-Up Direct, iTunes, Amazon Video, Microsoft Movies & TV, Vudu, Verizon Multi-Screen, Google Play and Sony Entertainment Network on April 26. The digital album will also be released by Comedy Central Records on that date to iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, and all streaming and satellite services such as Spotify and SiriusXM.

Feinstein is a nationally touring comedian and actress, best known for her ability to morph into various ethnicities and genders. Huffington Post called her “the only comedian we’ve seen who can go from embodying her grandmother in one breath and a predatory guy on the street in the next and be equally convincing at both.” Feinstein has performed stand-up on Comedy Central previously, appearing on “The Half Hour” and “Comedy Central Presents,” and recently shot her own Comedy Central pilot. Recent guest appearances include Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” and HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” along with several appearances on “Inside Amy Schumer” and co-hosting “The View.” Feinstein has also lent her voice to Adult Swim’s “Venture Brothers” and the phenomenally successful “Grand Theft Auto” video game franchise. Most recently, Feinstein can be seen in a major recurring role on the Amazon series “Red Oaks,” and she is also set to appear in Judd Apatow’s new pilot for HBO, “Crashing.”

“Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple” is executive produced by Feinstein, Schumer, Steven Ast and Ray Moheet. JoAnn Grigioni is the Executive in Charge for Comedy Central.

For more information, please visit: www.cc.com/stand-up

Joan Rivers: Exit Laughing | The legend never dies

Joan Rivers is a comedy genius, and that’s no overstatement. And it’s not just me saying it, you can here few the best of comics share there view of Joan Rivers, through this film The film features Sarah Silverman, Whitney Cummings, Kathy Griffin, Dick Cavett, Don Rickles, Lily Tomlin, Marlo Thomas and many more. 

EXIT LAUGHING is the first in a planned series of documentary films about the grandmasters of comedy (and the future inductees of the Comedy Hall of Fame) as an initiative to bring arts programming for comedy to public television. 

Joan Rivers embodied New York; brassy, forward, honest, smart and very funny.  She defined the culture as she wrote the history of comedy.  Unlike female standups before her, Joan talked about issues, not wishes.  She was critical to breaking the glass ceiling of then male-dominated standup comedy.  In the process she revolutionized the field as a pioneer to forge a path for the wave of female standups in the 1970’s and 1980’s and beyond. Joan was essential to the evolution of comedy from entertainment to social commentary in the latter half of the 20th century.  As an act of both history and education, the Comedy Hall of Fame has created a documentary to understand and examine how comedy grows from one generation to the next, while celebrating Joan’s impact, innovation and influence. This historical program covers her journey, process, insights into the field and her impact on other comedians.

CHF continues to grow the Archives and will produce more films in an effort to continue the oral traditions that form the foundations of the art form. “Comedy exists today because it was built on the shoulders of past generations of comedians who have pioneered the vast language of comedy and grown its power as an engine for social change,” said Jeffrey Pancer, the curator of the CHF’s archives. “As such, Joan Rivers’ legacy and impact has been defined by other comedians: the artists that she knew and those she influenced, offering a unique perspective from the comedians that create the history of the field.”