NEW YORK, December 14, 2009 – This January COMEDY CENTRAL is standing up for comedy and giving it a month-long long salute! “Stand-Up Month” is back and the only all-comedy channel is giving viewers Network and World Television Premiere stand-up specials every weekend starting January 10, including specials from Chris Rock, Aziz Ansari, Artie Lange, Arj Barker and Larry the Cable Guy. Also on tap during COMEDY CENTRAL’s “Stand-Up Month” celebration is a brand-new stand-up series starring “The Daily Show’s” John Oliver and the ever-popular “Stand-Up Showdown,” a marathon countdown of the top 20 comics as voted by viewers.
Getting the laughs started on Friday, January 8 at 11:00 p.m. is Emmy® Award-winning writer and “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver in the series premiere of “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show.” Watch Oliver loosen his stiff upper lip and ditch the suit as he hosts a new stand-up show featuring material from some of his favorite comedians, including Paul F. Tompkins, Janeane Garofalo, Brian Posehn, Kristen Schaal and Eugene Mirman.
COMEDY CENTRAL’s weekly stand-up specials kick off on Sunday, January 10 at 9:00 p.m. with “Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger.” In his hilarious Network Television Premiere special, Rock travels the globe to bring his comedy to fans everywhere. Performing from the trifecta of New York, London and Johannesburg, Rock discusses such universal topics as what women want, racism and Flavor Flav. Tune in to share in the shock and awe of Chris’ world view in this stand-up special.
On Sunday, January 17 at 10:00 p.m., catch the World Television Premiere of “Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening.” Watch as Ansari (“Parks and Recreation,” “Funny People”) discusses topics ranging from sheets with fraudulent thread counts to the chubbiness of his young cousin, Harris. The show ends with a special encore performance from “Raaaaaaaandy” that redefines the term “making it rain.”
Artie Lange returns as raw as ever in the World Television Premiere of “Artie Lange: Jack and Coke,” debuting Saturday, January 23 at 10:00 p.m. Filmed in the famed Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, listen as Lange talks about his competition with Heath Ledger, justifications for child abuse and the opening monologue he’d do if he were ever asked to host the Oscars.
Also premiering on Saturday, January 23 is the World Television debut of “Arj Barker: LYAO.” All the cool kids know that LYAO is Web-speak for “Laugh Your Ass Off” and that’s just what viewers will do while watching Barker’s new stand-up special. Tune in at 11:00 p.m. for an hour of hilarious new material from this “Last Comic Standing” semi-finalist and “Flight of the Conchords” star.
It’s not much of an election year, but that doesn’t mean viewers can’t vote…for stand-up! All January long, viewers can vote for their favorite comics online and by mobile phone to decide the 2010 “Stand-Up Showdown” champion! Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 31, COMEDY CENTRAL will count down the top twenty comedians as chosen by viewers at www.jokes.com. The winning comedian will be crowned at end of the night.
To close out the month, prepare for the largest comedy show ever recorded! In the World Television Premiere of “Larry the Cable Guy: Tailgate Party,” Larry the Cable Guy thanks over 50,000 of his long-time fans with $4 tickets at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. With a truckload of new material about TV, hot dogs and “buying in bulk,” Larry gives his fans in Nebraska and on COMEDY CENTRAL one tailgate party worth celebrating. Don’t miss this all-new special, premiering Sunday, January 31 at 9:00 p.m.!
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