Ensemble cast of stand-up comedians take their characters from the parole board to the board room in new media series debuting on Roku.
SAME STUDIOS STARTS PRODUCTION ON COMEDY SERIES “GANG INC.”
LOS ANGELES – (February 10, 2014) – Actor/producer/writer Sean Hampton (“Getting Back to Zero,” “The S&M Experience”) is making his scripted comedy series directorial debut with “GANG INC.,” a comedy series featuring characters who move from the parole board to the board room. This new media series begins production in February in South Los Angeles and will debut April 16, 2014 on the Gang Inc. channel on Roku.
Photo Credit: SAME Studios
“We created this series for a new media audience. Our streamlined 12- to 15-minute episodes are designed to match today’s online viewing habits but we can easily combine two episodes to deliver half hours for traditional TV,” said Hampton.
A unique component of the series is the shared background of the ensemble cast of stand-up comedians which includes Charles Dirden III (“DEF Comedy Jam”), Lance Allen (VH1’s “Stevie TV“) and Matthew Clark (“Rodeo Driver). Hampton says, “It takes a lot of energy, spontaneity and creativity to succeed in stand-up and this series harnesses all of that.”
“GANG INC.” follows the day-to-day antics in the office of the Trapstar Gangster Killers Inc. (TGK). TGK is the culmination of the prison education of its CEO, Delroy (DIRDEN). As the leader of the street gang Trapstar Gangster Killers, Delroy ran the most feared gang in Los Angeles. While serving a prison sentence he studied business and finance. It was then that he figured out Wall Street runs exactly the same way his gang works, except they enjoy governmental protections. Armed with their new education and insight, Delroy immediately incorporated his gang upon release. Installing his top lieutenants as corporate officers, TGK Inc. now wields power over its 50,000 members with the effectiveness of a Wall Street financial giant.
Even though they’ve traded in their hoodies and jeans for collared shirts and slacks, the officers of TGK Inc. carry their gang mentality to the office. Their street skills aid in corporate collections and stock manipulations but they take simple office pranks seriously. While they’ve maintained a certain gang demeanor, corporate America finds itself creeping into their lifestyle as well. Expresso, Pampered Chef parties and cooler discussions about drive-by shootings are also part of the day’s agenda. It may be extortion and mayhem to you and me, but it’s business as usual at TGK Inc.
“GANG INC.” is created and written by Sean Hampton, Aaron Austin (“The S&M Experience”) and Matt Getic (“The S&M Experience”). The trio is also serving as executive producers.
About Sean Hampton
Sean's first television appearance was on the series “Dr. G.: Medical Examiner,” playing real-life Orlando Detective Reggie Campbell. Because of a miscommunication, the local police temporarily issued an A.P.B. for Sean, believing he was impersonating a police officer. After seeing his image on the news as "Wanted," Sean's wife called the news desk to explain the mix-up. A camera crew was dispatched and the retraction story aired before any serious harm was caused. Since then Sean has appeared in several other series including: “General Hospital,” “Eleventh Hour,” “The Young and the Restless,” CSI” and more.
In 2009 Sean took on a dual role as supporting actor and associate producer on the feature film “Sandcastles.” During the same year he worked on the feature films “Getting Back to Zero” starring Wayne Newton, and “The Arcadian,” produced by The Fringe Majority LLC.
Most recently he wrote, produced and starred in “The S&M Experience,” a sketch comedy series produced by SAME Productions.
About SAME Studios
SAME Studios (Sean Aaron Matt Entertainment Studios) is a Los Angeles-based production company. Founded in 2013, SAME produces original entertainment content including the award nominated new media sketch comedy series “The S&M Experience.” The company is currently in production on “GANG Inc.,” a new media comedy series, and in development on a feature film, “Unreliable.”
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(BPRW) ASPiRE BRINGS THE FUNNY WITH A NEW, ORIGINAL CLEAN STAND-UP COMEDY/REALITY SERIES “LAFF MOBB’S WE GOT NEXT” FEATURING “STAR MAKER,” CO-CREATOR AND CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF “DEF COMEDY JAM” BOB SUMNER
32 FRESH, FUNNY AND UP-AND-COMING AFRICAN AMERICAN COMEDIANS PERFORM PREMIERING EXCLUSIVELY ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH AT 10 P.M. EST • With Bob’s Celebrity Casting Assistants Red Grant, Brély Evans, Carlos Koustas and DJ Mike Smoove
(BLACK PR WIRE) – ATLANTA – February 3, 2014 – ASPiRE (@tvASPiRE) today announced the exclusive premiere of its new, original weekly “clean stand-up” comedy/reality series, “Laff Mobb’s We Got Next” (#WeGotNext), hosted by “Star Maker,” Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer of “Def Comedy Jam” Bob Sumner. Filmed before live audiences at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, CA, “Laff Mobb’s We Got Next” delivers a new twist on stand-up, featuring over 32 fresh, funny African American comedians across eight hour-long episodes. Produced by Laff Mobb and New Wave Entertainment, “Laff Mobb’s We Got Next” will premiere on Tuesday, February 18th at 10:00 p.m. EST.
“Laff Mobb’s We Got Next” is an entertaining hour where reality meets clean comedy via performances and profiles of the next generation of great African American comics. The weekly series will take viewers into the “Clean Comedy Lab” casting room of Bob Sumner (co-creator/co-executive producer of HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” with Russell Simmons) as he sets out to answer the question, “Who’s next?” Off stage and in the Lab with Sumner, celebrity casting assistants “The Turn-Up King” Red Grant (First Sunday, “Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival”) and “Boss Lady Be” Brély Evans (Sparkle, “Being Mary Jane”), along with “Bob’s Right Hand Man” Carlos Koustas will help Sumner debate which of the 32 comedians is ready to be in the spotlight on stage. When selected, DJ Mike Smoove introduces each comic to the stage. No differently than the NBA draft, viewers will see clips and Sumner’s interviews with the comedians talking about why doing clean comedy is so important and how it affects their lives.
“We are proud to partner with Laff Mobb and New Wave Entertainment to identify and spotlight a new generation of clean urban comics,” said Paul Butler, general manager, ASPIRE. “Beginning February 18th, over 32 fresh, funny and up-and-coming comedians will be introduced to ASPiRE viewers over eight weeks. We expect ‘Star Maker’ Bob Sumner and producer Arthur Spivak will take “Laff Mobb’s We Got Next” to the next level while entertaining and keeping ASPiRE viewers laughing each week. ”
“After helping to discover stars such as Bernie Mac, Dave Chapelle, Chris Tucker, Bill Bellamy, Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Mo'Nique and others, I’m stepping in front of the cameras for the first time to help bring the ‘Next’ generation of comedians to the world,” said “Star Maker,” Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer of “Def Comedy Jam” Bob Sumner. “I can’t wait for ASPiRE viewers to meet and laugh with these 32 fresh, talented and funny men and women.”
“Laff Mobb’s We Got Next” promises to deliver a game-changing comedic experience at a time when clean Black comedy is poised to fill the void of young Black comedians on television in the groundbreaking mode of Flip Wilson, Bill Cosby and Sinbad to name a few. Finally…clean, wholesome, positive and most of all funny comedy that the whole family can enjoy!
SERIES PREMIERE– AIRS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 10 P.M. EST
In the first episode, cameras follow “Star Maker,” Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer of “Def Comedy Jam” Bob Sumner as he -- with help from celebrity casting assistants “The Turn-Up King” Red Grant and “Boss Lady Be” Brély Evans and “Bob’s Right Hand Man” Carlos Koustas – decides who’s “Next” from Bob’s distinguished pool of clean urban comics. Introduced by DJ Mike Smoove, the first four performers to hit the stage before a live audience at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, CA are:
• ASPiRE’s “exhale” co-host Erin Jackson, originally from Somerset, NJ, (on Twitter @EJthecomic and online at
• Geoff Brown, from Hollywood, CA, (@thegeoffbrown)
• D.C. Ervin, originally from San Francisco, CA Bay Area, now in Los Angeles (@DCErvin)
• Yoursie Thomas, originally from Atlantic City, NJ, now in Los Angeles (@iYoursie)
EPISODE TWO – AIRS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 10 P.M. EST
In this episode, “Star Maker,” Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer of “Def Comedy Jam” Bob Sumner, celebrity casting assistants “The Turn-Up King” Red Grant and “Boss Lady Be” Brély Evans, and “Bob’s Right Hand Man” Carlos Koustas debate who’s “Next” from Bob’s hand-picked pool of clean urban comics. Introduced by DJ Mike Smoove, the “Next” four performers to hit the stage before a live audience at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, CA are:
• Reyna Amaya, originally from Oakland, CA, now in Los Angeles, (@ReynaAComedy)
• Tony Baker, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and raised in Chicago, (@TonyBakercomedy)
• Austin Hall, originally from Washington, D.C., now in Los Angeles, (@austinthall)
• Kevin “Damn Fool” Simpson, originally from Chicago, now in Los Angeles, (@damnfoolisfunny)
ASPiRE presents a Laff Mobb and New Wave Entertainment production. Starring Bob Sumner, Red Grant, Brély Evans, Carlos Koustas and DJ Mike Smoove. Executive produced by Brian Volk-Weiss, Jack Vaughn, Arthur Spivak, Bob Sumner and Daniel Paul. Directed by Jay Chapman.
Follow talent from the show at:
• Bob Sumner on Twitter @bobsumner24 and online at www.laffmobb.com
• Red Grant on Twitter @redgrantlaughs and online at www.redgrant.com
• Brély Evans on Twitter @BrelyEvans and online at www.Brelyevans.com
• DJ Mike Smoove on Twitter @DJMIKESMOOVE
For more information, please go to www.aspire.tv and www.laffmobb.com.
ASPiRE is a television network targeted to African-Americans and celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of our past, our now and our next. ASPiRE offers a diverse programming mix of movies, series and specials featuring music, comedy, drama, faith/inspiration, theater/performing arts, lifestyle and news/information. The network was launched June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises, which acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. ASPiRE is available in more than 16 million homes in 21 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Washington, D.C. through Comcast and Time Warner. For more information, visit www.aspire.tv, facebook.com/aspireTV and on Twitter @tvaspire.
About Magic Johnson Enterprises
Magic Johnson Enterprises acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. For more information, visit http://magicjohnson.com/enterprises.
ABOUT THE CAST
Sumner, co-creator of HBO's “Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam” is a recognized force in the world of comedy, with over 20 years of experience discovering many of the top gifted comedians that grace the stage and big screen around the world.
Before joining Russell Simmons’ company, Rush Communications, Bob was an independent club promoter for musicians and comedians in the tri-state area. Originally from Roselle, New Jersey, Bob graduated from Seton Hall University leaving behind the college radio station of all stations after single handedly taking it to the number one spot.
As co-executive producer and talent scout for “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam,” Bob is definitely the man comedians want to know—he has made superstars out of many of today’s most sought-after comedians. He is the unseen force behind the comedians who appear on the critically-acclaimed “Def Comedy Jam” series. With more than 20 years of experience producing comedy, Sumner is one of the most adored producers in the world of comedy. During “Def Comedy Jam’s” first season in the 1990s, he traveled across the country in search of undeniably, talented comedians to shine on the show. Sumner has discovered such talent as Bernie Mac, Dave Chapelle, Chris Tucker, Bill Bellamy, Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Mo'Nique and a multitude of other undiscovered comedians. He is often referred to as the black Lorne Michaels (creator of Saturday Night Live) of African American comedy because he has helped to launch the careers of many of today’s most successful comedians.
Bob also served as Vice-president of talent for Simmons Lathan Entertainment (A Subsidiary of Rush Communications) and Producer/Talent Scout “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam.” Currently, Bob is Executive Partner in his venture, Laff Mobb, with music and comedy management titan Arthur Spivak. In addition to “Laff Mobb’s We Got Next”, Laff Mobb has produced specials that have aired on Showtime.
RED GRANT HEADLINES AN ALL NEW EPISODE OF STAND UP & DELIVER ONLY ON NUVOtv
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10th AT 10 PM
Agostino Zoida, Christina Pazsitzky and Steve Brown Start the Night of Hilarity
What: Get ready for more stand-out stand-up comedy with the second season of NUVOtv’s Stand Up & Deliver. This season, hosts Julissa Bermudez and Jose Sarduy hit the Hollywood scene for outrageous sets from Tinsel Town’s hottest comics. Watch the best and brightest light up the stage with outrageous jokes and off-the-cuff mayhem.
With Red Grant
Headliner Red Grant is delivering knockout punch lines. Watch this Def Comedy Jam vet ‘bring it’ to the stage. Plus Agostino Zoida, Christina Pazsitzky and funk master Steve Brown open up the show. Let’s hope hosts Julissa Bermudez and Jose Sarduy can keep them all in line.
Red Grant is much more than a comic, he's a "personality" that elicits huge laughs, spiking Twitter trends and some of the most quotable lines in standup. Grant is also a cinematic scene stealer, with memorable roles in First Sunday, The Last Stand and Leprechaun in the Hood. His talents extend to television as well, headlining specials on Showtime, Comedy Central and BET. One of Grant's most memorable projects was the underground smash Family Reunion: The Movie, which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in.
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 10th at 10 PM
Where: Only on NUVOtv! Check www.mynuvotv.com for local listings.
Show Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAX6uE0-pDg
Show Promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJAkxnKmEwg
NUVOtv (www.myNUVOtv.com) is the premiere English-language entertainment network created for modern Latinos, embodying the spirit and multi-dimensional lifestyle of the modern Latino audience.
Providing an array of original Latino-inspired entertainment and lifestyle programming, NUVOtv is available in more than 32 million homes nationwide with major distribution partners: AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Cox, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FIOS. The network is widely available in all top Hispanic DMAs and most major US markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago and New York.
Iconic superstar and powerhouse entrepreneur, Jennifer Lopez serves as NUVOtv’s Chief Creative Officer collaborating closely with the network on programming strategy, creative elements, production and marketing.
FURIOUS COOL: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him
by David Henry and Joe Henry, which is publishing on November 5th, 2013.
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I don’t know if you are a Richard Pryor fan, but I’m sure you can agree that he was one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time, and influenced many comedians that came after him. But nine years after his death, he still remains something of an enigma.
Brother team David and Joe Henry take a groundbreaking look at his life and the many influences that shaped him in FURIOUS COOL: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him (November 5). David, a screenwriter, and Joe, a Grammy winning blues and folk musician, celebrate the man they knew personally and offer a fresh insight into the world that made him who he was.
Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin) praised FURIOUS COOL as “a book worth savoring,” and Gloria Steinem commented: “Richard Pryor lives again in the pages of Furious Cool…With heart and grace and witnessing, they show us how and why this comic and tragic genius changed the culture of this country when he could not change himself.” Comedian Patton Oswalt hailed it “As raw and real and stream-of-conscious as one of Pryor's routines” and it had Dr. Cornel West proclaiming: “This book gives the definite reasons for why Richard Pryor was so free and so sublime!”
Richard Pryor was a fascinating, larger-than-life personality, and in this wonderfully entertaining look at the man and his world, David and Joe Henry have succeeded in giving new insight into both.
Kevin Hart: LET ME EXPLAIN | "Its A Deerbra" | BANNED TEASER
Check out the hilarious, banned from television, scene from LET ME EXPLAIN.
Kevin Hart vs the Deerbra.
Advance tickets for the comedy event of the summer
KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN are on sale now!
From Summit Entertainment, KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN captures the laughter, energy and mayhem from Hart’s 2012 “Let Me Explain” concert tour, which spanned 10 countries and 80 cities, and generated over $32 million in ticket sales. Find Advance Tickets here: http://www.kevinhartnation.com/let-me-explain/
Only In theaters everywhere July 3, 2013.
Just in case you missed it, watched the video for Kevin Hart's theme song "THE NARCISSIT" here:
ABOUT LET ME EXPLAIN
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain captures the laughter, energy and mayhem from Hart's 2012 concert tour, which spanned 10 countries and 80 cities, and generated over $32 million in ticket sales. Hart's "Let Me Explain" tour was one of the most successful comedy tours of all time, with more than 540,000 tickets sold. Both of his shows at New York's Madison Square Garden and his performance at London's O2 Arena sold out, as well as his appearances in Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Amsterdam. The tour concluded this past New Year's Eve in Los Angeles by selling out the Staples Center and grossing over $1 million in revenue in one night. Only five other comedians – Andrew Dice Clay, Dane Cook, Chris Rock, Russell Peters and Eddie Murphy – have sold out Madison Square Garden where "Let Me Explain" was filmed.
KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN
Opens everywhere July 3rd
Codeblack Films / Summit Entertainment
CONNECT WITH KEVIN HART
Official Website: http://www.kevinhartnation.com/let-me-explain/
RICHARD PRYOR: OMIT THE LOGIC
Premieres on Showtime on May 31, 2013 at 9 pm ET.
RICHARD PRYOR: OMIT THE LOGIC, directed by Marina Zenovich (Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired) recently played at the Tribeca Film Festival to sold-out audiences and critical acclaim (http://variety.com/2013/film/reviews/film-review-richard-pryor-omit-the-logic-1200466546/). The film offers an in-depth look into the legendary life and groundbreaking career of Richard Pryor, widely recognized as one of the most influential comedians of all-time.
A HAUNTED HOUSE open nationwide on January 11th 2013!
(starring Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Cedric The Entertainer, Nick Swardson, David Koechner and Affion Crocket) is an outrageous homage to Paranormal Activity, The Devil Inside and other hauntingly-creepy “found footage” movies.
In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other “found footage” movies, A HAUNTED HOUSE features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s Malcolm’s girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship... or, more importantly, his sex life.
Like A HAUNTED HOUSE on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AHauntedHouse
Follow A HAUNTED HOUSE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AHHMOVIE
DIRECTOR: Michel Tiddes
PRODUCERS: Rick Alvarez & Marlon Wayans
Comedian Gary Owen hands out a belly full of laughs with this hilarious clip entitled "Baller Status" from his new DVD, Shaq's All-Star Comedy Jam Presents Gary Owen "True Story"
Cry tears of laughter while watching this clip as Gary Owen cautions against accepting basketball tickets from an NBA player
Comedian, actor and all-around funny man Gary Owen (Think Like a Man, TV’s “House of Payne”) is one of the most hilarious and versatile talents in stand-up comedy today! Now Owen brings his unique brand of no-holds-barred, untamed humor to television with his all-new one-hour comedy special performed in front of a sold-out audience in Las Vegas. In this side-splitting performance, Owen takes his audience on a wild ride as he reflects on his life growing up in a trailer park, overcoming social and racial adversity, and the hysterical situations he finds himself in as a father and one half of an inter-racial marriage. This show will have you laughing non-stop and will undoubtedly solidify why GARY OWEN is one of America’s funniest and most loved comedians!
ABOUT GARY OWEN
Gary Owen has been entertaining America for over a decade with his side-splitting comedy performing in all of the major comedy rooms across America. More recently Owen headlined in the ever popular, Mike Epps Presents: Live from the Club Nokia which is currently airing on Showtime. This hilarious stand-up showcase was filmed live at a sold-out Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Funny man Owen and was able to deliver top rated laughs and gut busting humor. Owen can also been seen in the scene stealing role of “Bearcat” in MGM’s Movie COLLEGE.
Owen joined the cast of Tyler Perry’s extremely successful HOUSE OF PAYNE. Perry met Owen on the Tom Joyner Morning Show (on which Owen is a regular) and immediately knowing he wanted to work with him, Perry wrote Owen into the show as the new barber, Zach. Additionally, Owen has been seen in such films as LITTLE MAN with the Wayans Brothers, REBOUND, and DADDY DAY CARE with Eddie Murphy.
Owen was always the class clown growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio. After high school, he got serious and enlisted in the Navy. He was chosen for the prestigious Presidential Honor Guard. However, spinning rifles and carrying flags for George Bush and Bill Clinton turned out to be the wrong job for a funny guy. "I was always smiling," he remembers, "I got yelled at for smiling all the time."
After leaving his ceremonial position, Owen became a military police officer at the Naval Installations on Coronado Island in San Diego, but he says he was too much of a pushover to be a cop. Owen only made two arrests in three years, but during that time he embarked on his true calling: stand-up comedy. One night while hanging with his service buddies, Owen worked up the nerve to go at a nightclub. After only a year of doing stand-up, he was named "Funniest Serviceman in America."
Owen continued doing stand-up in San Diego, and had a huge African American fan base. He went onto win the "Funniest Black Comedian in San Diego" contest. That led to his first big gig at the Comedy Store in Hollywood.
Then in July of 1997 he auditioned for BET's COMICVIEW. Two appearances on the multi-cultural comedy showcase won him his own one-hour "Grandstand" show. At the end of the season he was selected from the year’s four "Grandstanders" to be the host. Not only is Owen the only white man to have ever hosted COMICVIEW, but he is the only white on-air personality the network has ever had.
Owen has produced two stand-up DVDs: BREAKIN’ OUT THE PARK and URBAN LEGEND. His 2 DVDs and CD can be purchased on his website http://www.garyowen.com
ABOUT CODEBLACK ENTERTAINMENT:
Launched in 2005 by entertainment industry veteran Jeff Clanagan, CODEBLACK Enterprises LLC is a global new media & entertainment content company focused on connecting with diverse African-American and urban audiences wherever they are. CODEBLACK proudly delivers its content across the globe through television, motion pictures and a wide range of digital media. Visit Codeblackentertainment.com more information.
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