or


[08/14/13 - 12:54 PM]
Comedy Central(R) Announces a Nationwide Search for the Best New Stand-Up Comedians Called "Up Next" a CC: Certified Talent Search Through Its "Comedy Central Certified Clubs" Program
Jonah Ray will be the MC for the four regional showcases with 30+ semi-finalists from October 9-23.

[via press release from Comedy Central]

COMEDY CENTRAL(R) ANNOUNCES A NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR THE BEST NEW STAND-UP COMEDIANS CALLED "UP NEXT" A CC: CERTIFIED TALENT SEARCH THROUGH ITS "COMEDY CENTRAL CERTIFIED CLUBS" PROGRAM

Showcases to be Held at 26 Participating Certified Clubs between September 3-23 with One Comedian Representing Each Club to Move Onto One of Four Regional Semi-Finals between October 9-23 with Eight Comedians Selected to Perform at The New York Comedy Festival's "Comics to Watch" Annual Show at Carolines on Broadway on Wednesday, November 6

Comedian Jonah Ray to Host the Four Regional Semi-Finals and The New York Comedy Festival's "Comics to Watch" Annual Show

Performances from the Eight Finalists will be Available on cc.com and Broadcast on COMEDY CENTRAL Radio on SiriusXM Channel 95 from November 11-15

Fans to Crown Winner via Online Voting for the "UP NEXT Fan's Choice" on cc.com/upnext To Be Announced on COMEDY CENTRAL in November 2013 More Info Available at cc.com/upnext

NEW YORK, August 14, 2013 - This fall, COMEDY CENTRAL is looking for the best new stand-up talent in the country by holding "Up Next" A CC: Certified Talent Search through the network's Certified Clubs program. "Up Next" A CC: Certified Talent Search will consist of comedians performing in preliminary local showcases hosted by 26 participating Certified Clubs from September 3-23. Jonah Ray will be the MC for the four regional showcases with 30+ semi-finalists from October 9-23 as well as the finals featuring eight comedians to appear at The New York Comedy Festival's annual "Comics to Watch" show on Wednesday, November 6 at Carolines on Broadway. The final round will be recorded to air on COMEDY CENTRAL Radio on SiriusXM channel 95 and on cc.com/upnext (full list of participating Certified Clubs on last page).

"By empowering the 'COMEDY CENTRAL Certified Clubs' initiative on a local level with a national talent search, the results yield a forging relationship with the venues and an exclusive pipeline of new, emerging talent to the network," said Mitch Fried, Executive Vice President, COMEDY CENTRAL Enterprises.

The selection process for the comedians in the 26 preliminary local showcases and the four regional semi-final showcases is a collaborative effort between COMEDY CENTRAL and the club management who will work closely together to identify the best new stand-up comedians.

There will be two winners chosen from each regional showcase (8 total) who will be flown to perform at The New York Comedy Festival's annual "Comics to Watch" show on Wednesday, November 6. Each performance will be shot and recorded live to tape which will air on COMEDY CENTRAL Radio on SiriusXM channel 95 and on cc.com/upnext during November 11-15. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for the "UP NEXT Fan's Choice" on cc.com with the winner to be announced on COMEDY CENTRAL in November 2013.

The grand prize winner will receive the following: a performance in an upcoming COMEDY CENTRAL college tour; guest DJ on COMEDY CENTRAL's SiriusXM channel 95 (includes airing of their winning performance); inclusion on cc.com/standup and CC: Stand-Up App; a COMEDY CENTRAL Records digital release; $2500 cash; and an appearance on a future COMEDY CENTRAL stand-up series (TBD).

Jonah Ray co-hosts with comedian Kumail Nanjiani The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail which takes place in the back of Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd. In June, COMEDY CENTRAL announced it has ordered the new stand-up series by the duo. 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. In addition, Ray is one of Chris Hardwick's co-hosts of The Nerdist Podcast which airs on BBC America. His half-hour stand-up special, COMEDY CENTRAL's "The Half Hour" series aired in May 2013.

"Comics to Watch" is a show held annually by COMEDY CENTRAL and The New York Comedy Festival at Carolines on Broadway which features a wide range of diversely talented young comedians. It was created to launch the careers of the next generation of comedians by putting them in front of industry executives and comedy fans. Comedians from past "Comics to Watch" shows such as Michael Che, Chris Distefano, Emily Heller, Ben Kronberg, Adam Newman, Kurt Braunohler and Sara Schaefer have gone on to making stand-up appearances on COMEDY CENTRAL shows including "The Half Hour," "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show" and "CC Stand-Up Live" from The South Beach Comedy Festival.

In 2013, COMEDY CENTRAL launched the "COMEDY CENTRAL Certified Club" program which provides participating comedy clubs with the #1 brand in comedy's certification and seal of approval, as well as many additional promotional initiatives. Through the exclusive initiative, the venues receive valuable, national promotion via COMEDY CENTRAL's linear and digital platforms, including the ability to offer "certified" live, stand-up shows and other COMEDY CENTRAL-branded opportunities. Among the benefits, each participating club is promoted by COMEDY CENTRAL via an ongoing series of programming stunts, commercials, national sweepstakes and included on comedycentral.com's dedicated "Live Touring" section, which incorporates show listings with direct ticket-purchase links for the venues.

Now in its tenth year, The New York Comedy Festival is produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with COMEDY CENTRAL. The festival has featured the country's top comedians, including Louis C.K., Bill Maher, Ricky Gervais, Dane Cook, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, and Wanda Sykes, to name a few. In 2007, the festival launched the "Stand-Up for Heroes" event to benefit The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which has featured performances by Robin Williams, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Ricky Gervais, Conan O'Brien, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer and Roger Waters.

The 26 clubs participating in the Preliminaries include:

VENUE CITY DATE
Addison Improv Addison, TX 9/22
Brea Improv Brea, CA 9/4
Cap City Austin, TX 9/15
Carolines on Broadway New York, NY 9/11; 9/18
Chicago Improv Chicago, IL 9/11; 9/18
Cleveland Improv Cleveland, OH 9/18
Cobb's Comedy Club San Francisco, CA 9/15
Denver Improv Denver, C

· 9/18
Ft. Lauderdale Improv Ft. Lauderdale, FL 9/11
Hartford Funny Bone Hartford, CT 9/4
Hollywood Improv Hollywood, CA 9/3; 9/12
Houston Improv Houston, TX 9/4
Irvine Improv Irvine, CA 9/11
Johnny D's (in conjunction with The Wilbur Theatre) Boston, MA 9/6
Kansas City Improv Kansas City, MO 9/18
Levity Live West Nyack, NY 9/10
Ontario Improv Ontario, CA 9/9
Orlando Improv Orlando, FL 9/12
Palm Beach Improv West Palm Beach, FL 9/18
Pittsburgh Improv Pittsburgh, PA 9/11
Punch Line Sacramento Sacramento, CA 9/11
San Jose Improv San Jose, CA 9/3
Tampa Improv Tampa, FL 9/19
Tempe Improv Tempe, AZ 9/18
Virginia Beach Funny Bone Virginia Beach, VA 9/12
Zanie's Comedy Showplace Nashville, TN 9/18

The 4 clubs participating in the Regionals include:

VENUE CITY DATE
Chicago Improv Chicago, IL 10/9
Cobb's Comedy Club San Francisco, CA 10/16
Ft. Lauderdale Improv Ft. Lauderdale, FL 10/23
The Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA 10/21

Carolines on Broadway to host the finals at the "Comics to Watch" Showcase:

VENUE CITY DATE
Carolines on Broadway New York, NY 11/6





  [august 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[06/22/17 - 08:13 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Demos, NBC Leads Total Viewers
The Peacock's "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" opens as the top draw in both categories.

[06/22/17 - 07:33 AM]
Ten Years Older! Ten Years Hotter! Ten Years Wetter! "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later" Launches August 4 on Netflix
Said installment is the hilarious new eight-part limited series starring the original cast, plus an all-star lineup of new cast members.

[06/21/17 - 07:16 PM]
Netflix Releases Key Art for "Marvel's The Defenders"
The series follows Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones), a quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City.

[06/21/17 - 04:12 PM]
OWN Is Tuesday Night's #1 Cable Network for Women with Season Premieres of "Queen Sugar" and "The Haves and the Have Nots"
OWN spins the numbers for Tuesday, June 20.

[06/21/17 - 01:48 PM]
Lifetime Has All Your Summer Viewing Needs Covered
Highlights include new series "Growing Up Supermodel," "So Sharp" and "Little Women LA: Couples Retreat."

[06/21/17 - 01:34 PM]
Whitney. "Can I Be Me" Moves to Friday, August 25 at 9 PM ET/PT on Showtime(R)
On August 26, Showtime will offer the much-anticipated pay-per-view boxing match between undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor live from Las Vegas.

[06/21/17 - 12:12 PM]
Nickelodeon to Premiere Season Two of "The Dude Perfect Show" on Saturday, July 22, at 9:00 P.M. (ET/PT)
Upcoming episodes will also feature some of today's biggest athletes and celebrities such as Bethany Hamilton, DeMarcus Ware and Jack Griffo.

[06/21/17 - 10:12 AM]
Golf Channel Announces "Summer of '76," Next Golf Films Project, Premiering Tuesday, July 18 at 9 P.M. ET Ahead of The 146th Open
"Winning The Open in '76 was one of fondest moments of my career," said Johnny Miller.

[06/21/17 - 10:08 AM]
American Ballet Theatre Superstar Misty Copeland Set as Guest Judge on NBC's "World of Dance"
Copeland will be joining for round three of the competition, "The Cut," where the competitors face the deepest and most intense cut of the season.

[06/21/17 - 09:46 AM]
Arlen Escarpeta Joins Cast of Crackle's "The Oath," Executive Produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
He will play the role of Damon Byrd, an undercover FBI agent trying to find his footing.

[06/21/17 - 09:02 AM]
New Cast of Characters Joining Hulu's "Freakish"
Plus: Leo Howard, Liza Koshy, Adam Hicks, Tyler Chase, Meghan Rienks and Melvin Gregg will reprise their roles.

[06/21/17 - 09:01 AM]
Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Gifts Viewers with Special Christmas Celebrations in July
New entries include "The Christmas Cure" (July 15) and "Home for Christmas Day" (July 16).

[06/21/17 - 09:01 AM]
David Oyelowo to Voice the Role of Scar in Disney Junior's "The Lion Guard," Which Continues the Epic Storytelling of "The Lion King"
Scar will appear in the flames of a volcano after Simba and Nala's young son, Kion, unwittingly summons him by using the Roar of the Elders in anger.

[06/21/17 - 09:01 AM]
"Big Brother" Announces This Summer's New Twist: "Summer of Temptation"
"Temptation has always been a part of Big Brother but this summer we are testing the Houseguests like never before," said Rich Meehan.

[06/21/17 - 08:39 AM]
Science Channel to Go Live for Great American Eclipse on Monday, August 21
Eclipse totality starts on the Oregon coast at about 1:20 PM ET and ends around 2:50 PM ET on the South Carolina coast.