NEW YORK, October 12, 2016 – It’s been said that every rock star wants to be a comedian and every comedian wants to be a rock star – “The Comedy Jam” will make those dreams come true for comedians, at least for one shining night. Comedy Central is giving fans front row seats as top comics play out their rock-and-roll fantasies as the #1 brand in comedy has ordered “The Comedy Jam” to series, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central. The eight episode weekly series, based on the “Comedy Jam” special that aired in August, is produced by Ugly Brother Studios and Tenth Planet and executive produced by Josh Adam Meyers, Mike and Tim Duffy and Joel Gallen, who will also direct. The series is set to debut in 2017.
“We have been working under the false impression that what comedians want most is to have television and digital platforms to further their comedy careers,” said Alterman. “It turns out they really just want to be rock stars.”
“The Comedy Jam,” born from one of the hottest live shows in Los Angeles created by Josh Adam Meyers, is the intersection of comedy genius and rock & roll dreams. Each episode will feature stand-up comedians performing in front of a live audience where they share memorable moments from their lives that are linked with an iconic hit song. After the telling of each story, the comedians live out their rock star fantasy, performing the song while backed by “The Comedy Jam Band.” Gary Mann and Ryan Moran are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
Comedy Central’s comedy and music special, “Comedy Jam” premiered in August and featured: Adam Devine reliving the night he lost his virginity to “All The Small Things” after taking his high school sweetheart to a Blink-182 concert; Jim Jefferies debuted an impression of Liam Gallagher performing “Wonderwall” by Oasis; Natasha Leggero discussed her familial connection to Rockford, IL and capped it off by belting out Cheap Trick’s “Surrender,” accompanied by rock legend Rick Nielsen;
Jay Pharoah revealed a vocally astounding version of Jack Ü and Justin Bieber’s “Where Are Ü Now”; Pete Davidson performed a raucous rendition of “Gangsta’s Paradise,” featuring a surprise appearance by Coolio; and all the performers capped off the night by returning to the stage to sing “We Are The Champions.”
Comedy Central is the home for the biggest names in stand-up including one-hour specials from top comedians Amy Schumer, Daniel Tosh, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Jim Gaffigan, Hannibal Buress, Natasha Leggero, Chris Hardwick, David Spade, Gabriel Iglesias, Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, and more. Comedy Central stand-up series include “Adam Devine’s House Party,” “This Is Not Happening,” “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” and “The Half Hour.”
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