NEW YORK, June 20, 2013 – Jonah Ray
and Kumail Nanjiani are
delivering the “<a href="http://blogs.laweekly.com/arts/2012/07/comedy_shows_standup_best.php
page=4″>best stand-up comedy show in Los Angeles” directly to you as <a
COMEDY CENTRAL has ordered a new stand-up series, “The Meltdown with
Jonah and Kumail,” it was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Content Development and
Original Programming, COMEDY CENTRAL. The series is executive produced by Ray, Nanjiani, Emily
Gordon and Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld, Debbie Liebling and Mike Rosenstein and will
spotlight today’s hottest comedians on and off-stage. Jonas Larsen and Toni Magon are the
Executives in Charge of Production for COMEDY CENTRAL.
“Of all the comedy shows on COMEDY
CENTRAL that are taped in the back of a comic book store, this will be the best one,” said Ray,
Nanjiani and Gordon.
“I’m shocked to learn this show will be taped in the back of a comic
book store, rather than a comedy store, but we’ll do it anyway,” added Alterman.
the epicenter of LA’s
alt-comedy scene” by The Hollywood Reporter, <a href="http://nerdmeltla.com/the-
meltdown-with-jonah-and-kumail/”>The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail takes place in the back of
Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd. Hosted by Ray and Nanjiani, each episode of “The Meltdown with
Jonah and Kumail,” as developed for COMEDY CENTRAL, will feature some of the hottest stand-up
comedians performing onstage and go behind-the-scenes with them as they hang out in the greenroom
with a veritable who’s who from the comedy scene. Previous comics to hit The Meltdown weekly, live
show have included Robin Williams, Louie CK, Ed Helms, Aziz Ansari, Donald Glover, Jeff Ross, David
Spade, Marc Maron, Dana Gould, Maria Bamford and Brian Posehn.
ABOUT COMEDY CENTRAL
COMEDY CENTRAL, the #1 brand in comedy, is the home for the biggest names
in stand-up including recent one-hour specials from Daniel Tosh, Kevin Hart, Jeff Dunham, Gabriel
Iglesias, DL Hughley, Amy Schumer, Anthony Jeselnik, Aziz Ansari, Chris Hardwick, Hannibal Buress,
John Mulaney, Al Madrigal, Reggie Watts, Demetri Martin, Pete Holmes and more.
to its specials, COMEDY CENTRAL stand-up series include “<a href="http://www.cc.com/shows/john-
oliver-s-new-york-stand-up-show”>John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show,” “<a
Devine’s House Party,” a new series launching this summer from Adam Devine, co-creator and star
app for iOS devices and Xbox Live, follow @ccstandup on
Twitter and listen to COMEDY CENTRAL Radio, exclusively on SiriusXM.
Founded by Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld, Red Hour is a production company
dedicated to discovering new writers and filmmakers while developing projects with a mainstream
sensibility across multiple media platforms. Red Hour Films recently completed production on “The
Secret Life of Walter Mitty” which Stiller directed, produced and stars in alongside Kristen Wiig,
Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott and Patton Oswalt. The film is slated for a December 25, 2013
Red Hour credits include “Zoolander,” “Dodgeball,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Blades
of Glory,” “The Big Year,” “30 Minutes or Less,” “Submarine,” “Megamind,” and “Tropic Thunder,”
which garnered several award nominations including an Academy Award®, BAFTA, SAG and Golden Globe®
for Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of ‘Kirk Lazarus,’ as well as a Golden Globe® nomination for Tom
Cruise’s performance as ‘Les Grossman.’ “Tropic Thunder” also won the Broadcast Film Critics Award
and Hollywood Film Festival Award for Comedy of the Year. On the small screen, Red Hour brought in
veteran executive Debbie Liebling to run the company’s newest division, Red Hour Television, which
will produce The Birthday Boys, a new scripted original sketch comedy on IFC. The series will be
executive produced by Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller, and will feature the Los Angeles based comedy
group The Birthday Boys, its namesake, as well as Odenkirk.