[07/26/06 - 12:00 AM]
TBS Spans the Globe to Find the World's Funniest Commercials for One-Hour Special Hosted by Kevin Nealon and Susan Yeagley

[via press release from TBS]

TBS Spans the Globe To Find the WORLD�S FUNNIEST COMMERCIALS for One-Hour Special Hosted by Kevin Nealon and Susan Yeagley

Comic Special Featuring More Than 60 Ads from Around the World

Premieres Wednesday, August 23, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

TBS, television�s �very funny� network, is heading around the world to gather some of the funniest commercials ever created in a new one-hour TBS special entitled WORLD�S FUNNIEST COMMERCIALS. The special, hosted by Kevin Nealon (Saturday Night Live, Weeds) and his wife, actress-comedian Susan Yeagley (Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm), is set to premiere Wednesday, August 23, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The show is being produced by Robert Dalrymple Productions in conjunction with TWI, the same production companies that create TBS�s annual Funniest Commercials of the Year specials. Robert Dalrymple and Steve Mayer serve as executive producers.

�We have had tremendous ratings success with our Funniest Commercials of the Year specials,� said Ken Schwab, senior vice president of programming for TBS and sister network TNT. �We are extremely excited to expand this very popular concept with a new one-hour special dedicated to �very funny� ads from around the globe.�

WORLD�S FUNNIEST COMMERCIALS will showcase the cleverest and most humorous commercials from such countries as Sweden, Australia, Japan, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom, to name a few.

Nealon, who hosts TBS�s annual Funniest Commercials of the Year specials, is a familiar face to television viewers, thanks to his long run on Saturday Night Live playing numerous memorable characters from 1986 to 1995. He garnered an Emmy� nomination for his writing on the series. His list of feature credits includes such hit movies as Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, Anger Management and Daddy Day Care. He is also starring in the critically acclaimed comedy series Weeds. His guest star appearances on television series include Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Larry Sanders Show, Fat Actress, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Crank Yankers.

Yeagley was a member of the famed Groundlings comedy improv group. Her credits include appearances in such feature films as Coyote Ugly, Almost Famous and Intolerable Cruelty. She has also had guest appearances on such series as Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Significant Others, Reno 911, Miracles, ER, Everybody Loves Raymond, The District and Malcolm in the Middle.

Robert Dalrymple is a Peabody and Emmy-winning television producer whose most recent productions include Super Bowl�s Greatest Commercials, for CBS in conjunction with TWI productions; the American Cinematheque Specials, for TNT and AMC; and Showtime�s adaptation of Sam Sheppard�s True West. He also co-founded and executive-produced the Screen Actors Guild Awards for NBC and TNT.

Dalrymple is perhaps best known for Billy Joel�s tour in Russia, Billy Crystal�s first comedy special from Russia and the CBS production of pianist Vladimir Horowitz�s return to Moscow after 62 years. He won Emmys� for Free To Be a Family and a documentary on Itzhak Perlman�s tour of Russia, and was nominated for The King & I�Recording a Hollywood Dream. His television movies include Shame, Baby Brokers and A Christmas Romance.

TWI is the largest independent producer, packager and distributor of sports programming in the world, producing and distributing more than 6,500 hours of original programming annually to more than 200 countries, covering 200+ sporting events. While the strength of TWI�s worldwide sports coverage is unrivaled, the company has recently expanded into award-winning documentary and reality programming. In recent years, TWI has produced the Peabody Award-winning Colour of War for The History Channel and the Emmy�-nominated Christopher Reeve documentary Courageous Steps. Fall 2004 saw the launch of two new TWI reality series: Manhunt, a companion series for Bravo�s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, set in the world of male modeling, and I�d Do Anything, an ESPN series that questions how far a contestant would be willing to go for their loved ones in pursuit of the ultimate sports fantasy. TWI also produced the upcoming Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting for NBC. A division of international sports agency IMG, TWI also manages the world�s largest independent sports archive library, housing more than 150,000 hours of programming.

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television�s �very funny� network. It serves as home to such hot contemporary comedies as Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, Seinfeld and Friends; original comedy series, like the upcoming scripted comedies My Boys and 10 Items or Less; specials and special events, like The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, for which TBS serves as title sponsor; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and a leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

  [july 2006]  

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