NEW YORK, December 3, 2018 – Stand-up comedy — the cornerstone of the Comedy Central foundation — is FRONT AND CENTER to kick off the new year! January 2019 is Stand-Up Month on Comedy Central, featuring four all-new stand-up specials from comedic heavyweights Ron Funches (@midnight, The Half Hour), James Davis (Hood Adjacent with James Davis), Chris Distefano (Stupid Questions with Chris Distefano, The Half Hour) and Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Roy Wood Jr.: Father Figure), airing consecutive Fridays throughout the month at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. Additional audio, digital and on-air components are TBA.
In addition, Comedy Central’s all-new digital series Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring will premiere January 8 on YouTube, Facebook Watch, Twitter and Instagram and will spotlight a new up-and-coming comedian each Tuesday and Thursday weekly. In the spirit of linear predecessors Adam Devine’s House Party and Live at Gotham, the series will feature short sets from some of the comedy landscape’s best young voices. The first cycle was filmed at Littlefield in Brooklyn and features Tom Thakkar, Petey DeAbreu, Dina Hashem, Natasha Vaynblat, Ian Lara, Clare O’Kane, Stavros Halkias, Hanna Dickinson, Joyelle Nicole Johnson, Yedoye Travis, Marie Faustin, Ryan Beck, Martin Urbano, and Chris Cotton. A second cycle will be shot in Los Angeles in January, location and talent TBD.
- Ron Funches: Giggle Fit premieres Friday, January 4 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT
Ron Funches (@RonFunches) makes a dramatic wrestling-inspired entrance before hitting the stage for a precisely crafted hour that demonstrates his unique style of comedy. Forgoing the comic tendency to skewer and complain, Ron accentuates the positive in a refreshing set about a wide range of things he loves and enjoys: vision boarding, losing weight, parenting his autistic son, TV, and yes, wrestling.
Filmed at The Neptune Theatre in Seattle, Ron Funches: Giggle Fit includes a pre-recorded custom open featuring professional wrestling icon Ric Flair.
- James Davis: Live From The Town premieres Friday, January 11 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT
James Davis: Live From The Town is a raucous hour of comedy that puts Davis’s second-to-none stage presence and crowd engagement on full display. With a captivating delivery that keeps his audience hanging on his every word, Davis (@theejamesdavis) shows incredible range, including an impression of Barack Obama as a party DJ; the invention of Barbecue Davis, his professional golf alter-ego; dissections of social topics from #MeToo to police violence; and hilarious commentary on everything from “pimp uncles” to getting his car keyed. James Davis: Live From The Town was filmed at New Parish Theatre in Oakland, CA.
- Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist premieres Friday, January 18 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT
With a scripted opening featuring Chazz Palminteri, Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist is a hilarious and personal hour in which the Brooklyn native expounds on his fast-gentrifying home borough, fatherhood, and his own open-minded outlook despite a conservative upbringing. At once a charmer and the product of a grittier New York, Distefano (@chrisdcomedy) examines Brooklyns new and old with a mindset similarly caught in between. Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist was filmed – where else? – in Brooklyn, at Roulette Intermedium.
- Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You premieres January 25 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT
Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You is his second one-hour stand-up special for Comedy Central, performed live from Chicago’s Vic Theatre. Following the success of his first special, Roy Wood Jr.: Father Figure, the Daily Show correspondent and host of Comedy Central’s storytelling show This is Not Happening hilariously explores some of today’s most complicated issues. From the plight of the black superhero and national anthem protests to the many failed strategies men have used to avoid #MeToo allegations, Roy (@RoyWoodJr)covers them all.
Featuring an expertly curated line-up of series and specials, Comedy Central is the epicenter of stand-up. From its Friday Night Stand-Up anchor on television to its social platforms, from 24/7 access on Comedy Central Radio and the Comedy Central App to home assistants, fans of Comedy Central stand-up consumed over 10 billion minutes of stand-up content this year. Airing new episodes now: This Week at the Comedy Cellar, an all-new television series premiering this fall that will provide viewers a special look inside New York City’s hottest comedy club as the country’s top comedians tackle the freshest topics of the week. The recently launched Comedy Central Stand-Up channel on YouTube is a gold mine of both original material and exclusive clips for fans looking to revisit a classic special from a legendary comedian or discovering a new favorite performance.
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