NEW YORK, December 17, 2007 — Get the New Year started off right, laughing all the way to the couch! The 12th season of “COMEDY CENTRAL Presents” premieres on Friday, January 11 featuring brand new comedy from today’s hottest, most esteemed comedians. The season kicks off with “COMEDY CENTRAL Presents Stephen Lynch” at 10:00 p.m., followed by “COMEDY CENTRAL Presents Dan Cummins” at 10:30 p.m.
Don’t miss Stephen Lynch taking the stage with his unique brand of musical comedy. From Broadway’s “The Wedding Singer” to the stage of New York City’s Hudson Theatre, Lynch wows the audience with his guitar in hand in his second “COMEDY CENTRAL Presents” special. Dan Cummins rocks the mic with his signature delivery and hilarious observations.
The 12th season of “COMEDY CENTRAL Presents” will air every Friday night beginning January 11 with two all-new episodes each week at 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Future episodes of this season will include stand-up performances from Jo Koy, Hard N’ Phirm, Eugene Mirman, Leo Allen, Lavell Crawford, Robert Kelly, Bonnie McFarlane, Rich Vos and many more. Plus, Michael Showalter hosts “COMEDY CENTRAL Presents My First Time,” a special half-hour where comedians Michael Ian Black, Mike Birbiglia and Bonnie McFarlane talk about their first times performing stand-up.
“COMEDY CENTRAL Presents” provides one of the few remaining showcases for top stand-up talent. This season was filmed at New York City’s historic Hudson Theatre and features today’s hottest comics performing a half-hour of stand-up with a special set design to reflect each comedian’s material and personality. Past seasons include performances from Mario Cantone, Mitch Hedberg, Lewis Black, Darrell Hammond, Maria Bamford, Kevin Nealon, Dane Cook and Wanda Sykes.
“COMEDY CENTRAL Presents” is produced by RickMill Productions. Paul Miller and Kimber Rickabaugh from RickMill Productions served as executive producers of this season’s episodes of “COMEDY CENTRAL Presents.” Miller is the director. Lou Wallach and Christina Youry are the executives in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.
“COMEDY CENTRAL Presents My First Time” was executive produced by Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Paul Miller and Kimber Rickbaugh. It was also directed by Paul Miller.
COMEDY CENTRAL offers a variety of original stand-up comedy programs and specials. In addition to “COMEDY CENTRAL Presents,” the network features stand-up shows such as “Live At Gotham,” as well as one-hour specials filmed exclusively for COMEDY CENTRAL.
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