Day: March 21, 2016

HBO will broadcast the Quincy Jones stand-up special, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres

When Ellen DeGeneres invited comedian Quincy Jones onto her daytime talk show last week to talk about his dying wish to record a stand-up special, DeGeneres made an appeal to TV networks to pick it up for broader distribution. “But what I want also, if someone from HBO is watching or somebody from Netflix is watching, this guy is hilarious,” DeGeneres said. “Why don’t you air it on HBO? Why don’t you put it on Netflix? You know? Somebody.” HBO was listening. Perhaps it helps that both HBO and The Ellen DeGeneres Show are owned by TimeWarner. Whatever the...

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Episode #74: Jack Vaughn

Jack Vaughn launched Comedy Central Records in 2002 thanks to his love of Mitch Hedberg and other unappreciated comedians of the time, and won four Best Comedy Album Grammys with them. A decade later, he moved to Hollywood and joined Comedy Dynamics and New Wave, where Vaughn executive produced and helped distributed even more stand-up specials, documentaries and showcase series, including the 2016 Grammy-winning album, Louis CK: Live at Madison Square Garden. Vaughn is back in New York City now, where he started 2016 with a new job as head of comedy programming for SiriusXM satellite radio. How he did...

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