BET+ ANNOUNCES PREMIERE OF FIRST ORIGINAL STAND-UP SPECIAL "PREACHER LAWSON: GET TO KNOW ME" NOW STREAMING ON BET+
America's Got Talent Top 10 Finalist Debuts Full-Length Comedy Special with the producers behind Ali Wong's Baby Cobra and Tiffany Haddish's She Ready: From The Hood To Hollywood
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21, 2019 --- TODAY, BET+, BET Networks' premiere SVOD service, launches its first original comedy special, "PREACHER LAWSON: GET TO KNOW ME." In "GET TO KNOW ME" Preacher offers a hilarious spin on his life experiences, including his run on American's Got Talent and his ongoing life struggles with kitten allergies, veganism and cold weather-induced ashiness. The hour-long special is now available exclusively through BET's new streaming service.
The first foray into the comedy special lane from BET+, "GET TO KNOW ME" will give audiences a glimpse into the life of Preacher, a fearlessly funny Floridian with a penchant for finding the humor in adversity, even when that means - according to him - managing his own frustrations toward a very talented 12-year-old ventriloquist.
Filmed at the renowned Vic Theatre in Chicago, "GET TO KNOW ME" is directed by Brian Volk-Weiss, and produced by Comedy Dynamics, A Nacelle Company, the team behind dozens of Grammy award-winning comedy programs, as well as platinum-level specials like Ali Wong's Baby Cobra and Tiffany Haddish's She Ready: From The Hood To Hollywood.
"At BET, we have a history of serving as a launching pad for some of the biggest comedic talent of our generation," says Devin Griffin, General Manager BET+. "Embarking on this journey with Preacher is a major milestone for the BET+ platform and the brand, so we're thrilled to welcome Preacher home to the BET+ family."
Preacher Lawson, the comedian, actor, singer, and self-proclaimed "professional black guy," gained notoriety as a top 10 finalist during Season 12 of America's Got Talent, as well as his return on AGT: Champions and Britain's Got Talent: Champions, after receiving the most votes from superfans.
"I'm honored that BET+ chose me for their first stand-up special. To create comedy with such an iconic brand lets me stand on the shoulders of giants, so I'm truly humbled to have 'GET TO KNOW ME' on BET+," said Lawson.
BET+ is a premium online streaming service with exclusive originals and thousands of TV episodes and movies from the best Black creators, like Tracy Oliver, John Singleton, Mara Brock Akil, Will Packer, and many others. A joint venture between BET Networks and Tyler Perry Studios, BET+ allows users to stream Black culture including hit movies, TV shows, documentaries, stand-up, and specials, all in one place, commercial-free. The new service from BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc., is the official home of Tyler Perry's film, TV and stage works. Visit BET.com/BETPlus to learn more.
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