NEW YORK, May 3, 2012 — The Oscars® have Barbara Walters and “The Comedy Awards” have Zach Galifianakis. On Sunday, May 6, COMEDY CENTRAL will host an evening of programming honoring great comedy and the people who make it, starting with the television premiere of “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis,” the pioneering, no-holds-barred Funny Or Die series. The special 30-minute “Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York,” hosted by Galifianakis and produced by Funny Or Die, will air at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT and serve as a precursor to the 2nd annual “The Comedy Awards” airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Hoping to do for ferns what Walters did for trees, Galifianakis – a multiple “Comedy Awards” nominee – will welcome fellow “Comedy Awards” contenders Tina Fey and Jon Stewart, as well as Sir Richard Branson, to his foliage-filled set for the show’s primetime television debut.
Funny Or Die’s award-winning series “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” is an anything goes, you-never-know-what’s-going-to-happen’ interview talk show. Shot between two ferns – literally -actor/comedian Zach Galifianakis asks questions to unassuming celebrities and personalities who often find themselves asking, and almost always out loud to Zach, what am I doing here’. Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang Bang), is the Executive Producer and Director of “Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York.”
“The Comedy Awards,” now in its second year, is dedicated to celebrating the art of comedy with a historic, one-night-only celebration honoring the most talented writers, directors, actors and stand-ups, who provided the laugh track to our lives this past year. The ceremony will premiere on COMEDY CENTRAL on Sunday, May 6 and air on COMEDY CENTRAL’s international channels across Europe, New Zealand, India, Israel and Africa.
Don Mischer, Casey Patterson, EVP, Event Production, Viacom Entertainment Group and Charlie Haykel are the Executive Producers. Juliane Hare is Producer. Beth McCarthy Miller, the Peabody and DGA Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Director, once again directed “The Comedy Awards.” “The American Comedy Awards” was created by George Schlatter.
Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB) is home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in more than 160 countries and territories. With approximately 170 media networks reaching more than 600 million global subscribers, Viacom’s leading brands include MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV Land, Spike TV and Tr3s. Paramount Pictures, America’s oldest film studio and creator of many of the most beloved motion pictures, continues today as a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Viacom operates a large portfolio of branded digital media experiences, including many of the world’s most popular properties for entertainment, community and casual online gaming. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com.