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First-ever comic con cruise to depart from Tampa
Celebrities from Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, The Dark Knight, along with superheroes to board first ever comic con cruise departing from Tampa, Fla.
TAMPA, Fla. – The first-ever comic con cruise,
FAN2SEA, is scheduled to be held from January 19-23 departing from Tampa with port calls in Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico.
FAN2SEA is taking place aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, and will feature a star-studded lineup, master and spotlight classes offered by Marvel Comics and DC Comics talent, opportunities to interact with celebrities and comic book heroes, “cosplay” costume contests and parties, movie marathons and gaming, as well as other cruise entertainment and meals.
During the all-inclusive cruise, several panels will be held, including a Stranger Things panel, which will feature Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour, Caleb McLaughlin, Randy Havens and more members of the cast and creators of Netflix’s hottest new show, Stranger Things.
Additionally, there will be a panel featuring comic book legend, Frank Miller, and team members from Batman’s Dark Knight III, which include Brian Azzarello, Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert.
Other panels include actors and celebrities from The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Early purchasers can use the code IRONMAN when purchasing tickets,
to receive a 10 percent discount, while discounted rooms last. Tickets start at $399 per person before any discounts are applied.
Other featured DC Comics and Marvel Comics guests of FAN2SEA include, Gail Simone, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Greg Capullo, Scott Synder, Arthur Adams, Joyce Chin, Mark Brooks, Reilly Brown, Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish, Phil Noto, Chris Sims, Charles Soule, Frank Tieri, Mark Waid, Laura Martin, Chrissie Zullo, Chris Uminga, Clay Mann, Adam Kubert and Tim Sale.
LEGENDARY COMEDIAN MICHAEL COLYAR
BRINGS HIS FUNNY TO RADIO
REPLACES THE LATE, GREAT DOUG BANKS ON
FRESH, NEW NATIONALLY SYNDICATED DRIVE TIME RADIO SHOW
“THE AFTERNOON RUSH”
Michael Colyar Photo Credit: Basil Murrain
Hollywood, CA – October 19, 2017 -- With a natural gift for gab with a message -- and the astute comedic timing to back it up -- iconic comedian/actor/author/motivational speaker Michael Colyar (The Princess and the Frog, “Mi Casa, Mi Casa,” “Black-ish”) makes the biggest and boldest move yet of his 30-year career - bringing his voice to radio. Colyar joins as co-host of “The Afternoon Rush” on American Urban Radio Networks (AURN), the show that replaces the long-running and highly regarded “Doug Banks Show” hosted by the late Doug Banks. “The Afternoon Rush” airs weekly from 3 to 7 p.m. EDT on AURN.
Michael Colyar who has made audiences laugh since he was a young child, is no stranger to national audiences. His resume and experience is vast and his entertaining persona is highly regarded. Colyar was the original host of BET’s highly popular “BET Live from LA;” he is also heralded for his daily performances for over 9 years on California’s Venice Beach where he entertained local and international crowds with his straight-forward humor and keen insight. Early in his career, Colyar’s talent garnered national attention after he won the $100,000 Grand Prize Comedy championship on “Star Search.” Colyar promptly donated $50,000 to homeless charities in the Los Angeles area.
With his latest career move as co-host of “The Afternoon Rush,” he brings his accomplished interview experience, long-standing celebrity friendships, wisdom and his innate ability to insert comedy into everyday life to his new radio crowd and he takes his job very seriously.
“I am honored to join the new radio show that follows in the footsteps of Doug Banks who was a legendary figure in Black entertainment,” said Colyar. I am excited to bring my talent to AURN’s afternoon drive show “The Afternoon Rush.” It’s a huge pleasure to add my personal brand of entertainment, my love of comedy, my political insight and love of everyday people to help build the greatest, biggest and best afternoon drive time radio show in the country.”
Colyar is joined by the talented Ebony Steele (“Dish TV”) and sidekick Loni Swain on the drive time radio program broadcast live Monday through Friday from studios in Dallas, Texas. “The Afternoon Rush” combines the best in music, comedy and social interaction.
“This show means a great deal to me, said Colyar. “I am on a mission to not only entertain but to also elevate our community and our country to a new level. My road to fame has been full of challenges and learnings for which I am grateful. This shows provides me with a platform to share my experiences and my story, to encourage our youth, to those who seem to have no hope, like the homeless, individuals who are fighting drug addiction and even to provide insight to those who have everything they could ever ask for. We can all share a laugh together.”
Some of his celebrity friends, including news commentator and journalist Roland Martin; musical artists Fantasia, Bobby Brown, Anthony Hamilton; comedians George Wallace, Bill Bellamy; actress LisaRaye and Omarosa, T.I. and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr. have appeared on the show to hang out and play with Michael and the team. And, we can expect more exclusive appearances from a cadre of stars and artists that will support Colyar’s newest gig.
In addition to the star power, Colyar has infused his unrelenting positive energy to the show with various informative and interesting segments that showcase his love for movies and food and his politically astute and insightful approach to issues that matter today, notwithstanding, the upcoming Presidential election.
With the new gig, Colyar relocated from Los Angeles to Dallas. Dedicated to bringing his iconic comedy and world class style to the show, Colyar temporarily suspended upcoming projects, including his highly anticipated dramatic one-man theatrical show, “Michael Colyar’s Momma” which is slated to play in 100 cities. The show will debut in February 2017.
That’s not all. Expect lots more from Michael Colyar. On his birthday February 9, 2017, he will release his third book “Michael Goes Motivational: The Life and Evolution of a Very Funny Brother.” His first book showing love and support for President Obama, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House…I knocked on the Door and a Brother Answered” is selling fast and his second book, “Miss Innocent Goes to Kool Skool and Other Silly Stuff: A Poetry Book for Adult Children” goes on sale November 1st. Colyar will continue to present his entertaining, positive outlook on life through his thriving, motivational speaking tours and his stand-up comedy concerts nationwide…. when he can sneak away from his newest love “The Afternoon Rush.”
COMEDY CENTRAL® ANNOUNCES A SECOND SEASON RENEWAL FOR
“LEGENDS OF CHAMBERLAIN HEIGHTS” AT COMIC-CON
Executive Produced by Bento Box Entertainment, Showrunner Devon Shepard and Co-Creator
Brad Ableson with Producers and Co-Creators Quinn Hawking and Josiah Johnson
First Season Set to Premiere September 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, Following “South Park”
SAN DIEGO, July 21, 2016 – Winners before their season even gets started! Comedy Central has renewed the urban, coming-of-age animated series “Legends of Chamberlain Heights” for a second season, months before its debut, it was announced today at Comic-Con. The first season is set to premiere on Wednesday, September 14, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, following the 20th season premiere of “South Park.”
“Legends of Chamberlain Heights” is executive produced by Bento Box Entertainment (“Bob’s Burgers,” “Brickleberry,” “The Awesomes”) co-founders Scott Greenberg and Joel Kuwahara, along with co-creator Brad Ableson (“The Simpsons,” “Good Vibes”) and showrunner Devon Shepard (“Everybody Hates Chris,” “Being Mary Jane,” “House of Lies,” “Weeds”), with co-creators Quinn Hawking (Fox Sports, NFL Network) and Josiah Johnson (Showtime, NFL Network) producing.
“This show pushes the envelope far enough to warrant a second season before season one even airs,” said Alterman.
"We are so lucky to be working with Comedy Central and their strong executive team,” said Kuwahara. “They've been nothing but supportive and getting a second season is like hitting a game winning 3 pointer!”
“Legends of Chamberlain Heights” is an urban animated series mixing raucous comedy and social commentary that centers on three high school freshman basketball benchwarmers: Jamal, Grover, and Milk. The three friends tackle life with some wins and some losses, but failure doesn’t faze them since they're legends...even if it’s just in their own minds.
“The Simpsons” veteran artist Ableson developed the original concept with Hawking, Johnson, Mike Clements and Michael Starrbury. Former UCLA Bruin basketball players, Hawking and Johnson used their own legendary benchwarming experience to provide inspiration for the main characters.
About Bento Box Entertainment
Bento Box Entertainment (bentoboxent.com) is an Emmy® award-winning studio that creates premium content for all distribution platforms worldwide. The company is the leading producer of primetime animated comedy series, with studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Toronto. Bento Box Entertainment is currently developing and producing several broadcast, cable and digital projects, including “Bob’s Burgers” on FOX with 20th Century Fox Television and creator Loren Bouchard and “Legends of Chamberlain Heights” on Comedy Central, among many others. The company can be followed across social media channels @bentoboxent.
About Comedy Central
Available on-air, online and on-the-go via the Comedy Central App, Comedy Central (www.cc.com) is the #1 brand in comedy and is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIAB).
ALL JOKES ASIDE: Standup Comedy Is a Phunny Business
Raymond Lambert's memoir of opening a legendary comedy club
Following up on the critically acclaimed 2012 Showtime documentary Phunny Business, this book explores how, in the late 1980s, investment banker Raymond Lambert, quit his job and used his experience in the financial sector to open All Jokes Aside, a Chicago comedy club that catapulted some of the biggest names in the business to the national stage: Jamie Foxx, Mo’Nique, Chris Rock, and Steve Harvey, among others.
This uproarious and insightful memoir provides a deeper look into Lambert’s success and failures—and the lessons he learned from running America’s former top black comedy showcase.
In addition to offering practical advice to dreamers and would-be entrepreneurs, Lambert also provides a behind-the-scenes look at the early careers of today’s star performers—not to mention a history of black entertainment that is long overdue.
MorphCostumes have been fans of Rahat's work for a while, with just under half a billion Youtube views and starring in his own Toyota advert there's lots to be impressed by.
You've never seen 50 Cent like this before...
SPY hits theaters everywhere on JUNE 5, 2015!
The summer comedy SPY has turned Melissa McCarthy into a CIA Agent, Jason Statham into a comedic tour de force and now 50 Cent into... a Professor of Funny? Starting today, after every clip from SPY goes online, you can watch 50 Cents of Humor, a scientific breakdown of the comedy of SPY hosted by co-star 50 Cent.
Release: June 5, 2015
Director: Paul Feig
Written by: Paul Feig
Producers: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Miranda Hart, and Jude Law
Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.
ASPiRE DEBUTS SEASON TWO OF ITS
POPULAR “CLEAN STAND-UP” COMEDY/REALITY SERIES
“LAFF MOBB’S WE GOT NEXT”
FEATURING CO-CREATOR AND CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF
“DEF COMEDY JAM” BOB SUMNER AS HE SELECTS
16 NEW AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMEDIANS TO PERFORM ON STAGE
Premiering Exclusively On Wednesday, February 4 at 10 p.m. EST
January 20, 2015 – ASPiRE (@tvASPiRE) today announced the season two premiere of its popular original weekly “clean stand-up” comedy/reality series, “Laff Mobb’s We Got Next” (#WeGotNext), hosted by 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” continues to deliver a new twist on stand-up, featuring 16 new voices of African-American stand-up comedy in eight 30-minute episodes this season. Produced by Laff Mobb and New Wave Entertainment, the new season of “Laff Mobb’s We Got Next” will premiere on Wednesday, February 4 at 10 p.m. EST.
“Laff Mobb’s We Got Next” is an entertaining half-hour where reality meets clean comedy via performances and profiles of the next generation of great African-American comics. In Season Two, the weekly series will take viewers back into the “Clean Comedy Lab” of Bob Sumner (co-creator/co-executive producer of HBO’s “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam”) as he sets out to answer the question, “Who’s Next?” Each week, Sumner decides which of the 16 comedians from his pool of talent is ready to be in the spotlight. When selected, DJ Mike Smoove introduces each comic to the stage to perform. Sumner sits down with each comic before they take the stage and viewers hear why doing clean comedy is so important and how it affects their lives.
“We are proud to provide a place on television where the next generation of African-American comics can do clean comedy that is hilarious and entertaining. We are extremely excited to be back in the lab with Bob Sumner, Laff Mobb and New Wave Entertainment,” said Paul Butler, general manager, ASPIRE.
“After discovering some terrific talent in season one, I’m back in front of the cameras this season to present ‘Who’s Next’ in 2015, and introduce the next generation of comedians to the world,” said Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer of “Def Comedy Jam” Bob Sumner. “I can’t wait for ASPiRE viewers to meet and laugh with all 16 of these phenomenally funny stand-up comedians.”
“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 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 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 10 p.m. EST
In the first episode, cameras follow Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer of “Def Comedy Jam” Bob Sumner as he decides “Who’s Next” from his distinguished pool of clean urban comics. Introduced by DJ Mike Smoove, the first two “Next” performers this season hit the stage before a live audience at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, CA:
· Amberia Allen, a California native currently living in LA, on Twitter @_Amberia
· Robert Powell, a Lousiana native, on Twitter @robertpowell3
EPISODE TWO – Airs WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 10 p.m. EST
In this episode, Executive Producer/Host Bob Sumner chooses “Who’s Next” from his distinguished pool of clean urban comics. Introduced by DJ Mike Smoove, the “Next” two performers to hit the stage before a live audience are:
· Shatara Curry, a New Jersey native, on Twitter @
· Nate Jackson, from Lacey, WA (outside Seattle), on Twitter @MrNateJackson
ASPiRE presents a Laff Mobb and New Wave Entertainment production. Starring Bob Sumner and DJ Mike Smoove. Executive Produced by Brian Volk-Weiss, Jack Vaughn, Cisco Henson, Bob Sumner, Arthur Spivak, and Daniel Paul. Directed by Gil Cunha.
ASPiRE is a television network that celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. 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 about 21 million homes in 21 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C. 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.
Bob Sumner, Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer 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.
NYC Artist Eileen Hickey Takes on Comedy, Giving the Gift of Laughter to Her Fans
The late Robin Williams once said “comedy can be a cathartic way to deal with personal trauma.” One woman who uses comedy to deal with her personal issues as well as help others, by giving the gift of laughter, is Eileen Hickey. Eileen also known as “Eileen Bang Bang” recently made her stand-up comedy debut at the Broadway Comedy Club in New York City.
Hickey, who’s usually creating one of her quirky pieces from beauty products and other unconventional art material, has chosen to take her talents to the stage.
Artwork by Eileen Bang Bang
Comedy is now Hickey’s second love, a passion that started as a coping mechanism in response to her divorce. “I call them marriage years, like dog years. I was 25 when I got married and 3 years later I was 50! I’m really 35!” joked the NYC artist during her debut performance on the topic of marriage and divorce. “My husband’s job was to empty the bank accounts, max-out the credit cards, take my businesses and leave me with no way to earn a living except to write a divorced/dragged behind a car, set on fire country song’” added Eileen.
Divorce is one of the most traumatic events an individual can endure according to experts. Hickey wants to lighten the divorce burden that psychologically can cripple both men and women. She has launched a series of artistic endeavors to achieve her goal.
“Hell Yeah!” her calling card, is the foundations name. You can find more about Hickey’s art and her comedy at www.eileenhickey-hulme.com and her Facebook page: Eileen’s Hickey-Hulme.
Legendary Comedian Joe Torry Appears in New Competition-Based Comedy Show “The Next Comedy All-Star" for Centric TV
Show Premieres on Centric Network September 26th 2014 at 11pm
Los Angeles, CA (September 8, 2014) – In partnership with BET and the BET Awards, Torry has teamed up with Centric TV for its newest show "The Next Comedy All-Star with Joe Torry." The show made its live debut in front of a sold out audience at LA Live Nokia Theatre in July, in conjunction with the BET Experience. With such an impressive reception, Centric has finalized the show's television premiere for September 26th, 2014 at 11pm.
Torry is the host of the new competition-based comedy show for Centric TV, which culminates with a grand prize of $25,000 for the reigning comedian. Five renowned comedians enter the ring:
Red Grantgot his start at the Apollo Theatre, where he soon landed a spot on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. Beyond comedy, Grant has experience as a producer, writer, and director, making his directorial debut with the film, “Family Reunion.” He has also been featured on numerous comedy tours and performances, with specials on Comedy Central and Showtime.
Gary “G-Thang” Johnsonhas 14 years of doing stand-up comedy, acting, and hosting under his belt. As an actor, writer, and comedian, Johnson is known for his roles in Diaster Movie, Moneyball, and his televised stand up special, “G-Thang: I Got Problems.”
Nika Williams:Originally from Miami, Florida, Williams is an actress, comedian, and producer. She is best known for her work in “50 First Dates,” “American Weapon,” and “Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious.”
Malik S.: The last of seven children, Malik used humor to defend himself from his older siblings. As a writer and comedian, he is best known for his work on the Soul Train Awards and BET’s Comicview. He has appeared HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He is currently a writer for the TV Land sitcom “The Soul Man.”
Rudy Rushhas worked with industry greats such as Dave Chapelle, Jamie Foxx, and Martin Lawrence. He hosted Showtime at the Apollo, and has starred in his own Comedy Central special. He is currently touring with The Moth out of New York City, and has an HBO special coming this fall.
Each competitor is hoping for a knockout but only one will emerge the heavyweight champ of comedy.
In addition to his new Centric television show, Torry continues his nationwide tour Joe Torry Live with his next performance in Cleveland, OH September 18th-21st 2014. For a full list of show dates and locations, contact information is provided below.
Joe Torry is best known as the former host and one of the most memorable comedians of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and for his notable role as "Chicago" in the Oscar Nominated film Poetic Justice. Currently, Torry stars alongside Vivica A Fox in the new film "The Power of Love". Torry is also featured in the recent release "Act Like You Love Me" (Essence Atkins, Christian Keyes, Lynn Whitfield). He will appear in the upcoming 2014 films "Soul Ties" (Christopher McDonald, Katy Mixon) and "King James Kitchen" (John Amos, Paula Jai Parker and Cassi Davis). He has a principal role in the current hit Cinemax show "Zane's The Jump Off" (a spin-off of Zane’s Chronicles) and continues to perform his acclaimed live comedy show nationwide. Joe Torry was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006 with legends such as Richard Pryor, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Cosby.
Adult Swim Greenlights Black Jesus
New Live-Action Series from Aaron McGruder to Premiere this Year
Adult Swim has announced that they have greenlit a new half-hour live-action scripted comedy called Black Jesus from award-winning writer/producer, Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks, Red Tails). The show finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. The series stars newcomer Gerald "Slink" Johnson (Grand Theft Auto V) as Black Jesus, and also stars Charlie Murphy (Are We There Yet), Corey Holcomb (The Cleveland Show), and John Witherspoon (The Boondocks, The First Family). Production has begun on the new series in Los Angeles, CA, which will premiere later this year.
McGruder, who created the series, will serve as executive producer through his 5 Mutts Productions along with writer/director Mike Clattenberg (Trailer Park Boys) and LEG's Norman Aladjem and John Bravakis.
Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults. Airing nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), Adult Swim is basic cable’s #1 network with persons 18-34 and 18-49, and is seen in 99 million U.S. homes.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
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Corey Holcomb: Your Way Ain't Working DVD Available on June 3
Standup comedian and "love doctor" Corey Holcomb provides a rib-tickling dose of romantic reality with this hilarious special that zeroes in on relationships gone awry.
Watch the all new trailer here and stay tuned for more clips!
ABOUT COREY HOLCOMB: YOUR WAY AIN'T WORKING
Get ready for a dose of reality – The Love Doctor is here and starring in the hilarious new stand-up comedy special COREY HOLCOMB: YOUR WAY AIN’T WORKING! Filmed live before a packed house at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, this comedy event features Holcomb doing what he does best: offering spirited, opinionated advice about relationships gone awry. Holcomb is best likened to a perfect blend of two legendary comedians, Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor, with a sprinkle of Rudy Ray Moore. He’s explicit, honest, and his thoughts are loaded with raunchy, in-your-face comedy. Holcomb is as authentic as it gets, and the prescriptions he’s serving up are not for the weak at heart or thin-skinned.
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.”
Photo Credit: SAME Studios
(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.
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.
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.
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