Day: June 28, 2018

Michele Ganeless and Olivia Wingate have formed MO Studios

Michele Ganeless, former president of Comedy Central, has joined forces with talent manager Olivia Wingate to form a new outfit, MO Studios. As first reported in Deadline, NYC-based MO Studios will serve as a production company investing in the development of women and minorities in comedy. “Authentic stories and strong points of view are what drives us, so we’re beyond thrilled to be able to invest in, nurture and support these voices wherever possible with amazing partners that share our same values of championing female, diverse and alternative voices. In our experience, it’s the more specific stories that make...

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Ronny Chieng debuting Comedy Central summer series as app exclusive

Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng is getting his own TV show on Comedy Central, but you can only watch it via the network’s app. Ronny Chieng: International Student, will premiere as the network’s first-ever app exclusive original series on Monday, Aug. 13. All seven half-hour episodes will be available for streaming on the Comedy Central App. The series already aired on TV in Australia, and is loosely based on Chieng’s real life experience as a Chinese law student in Australia. Roll the clip! “We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Ronny and give his fans here in the U.S. access to this...

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Comedy Central assembling top-notch dais for Roast of Bruce Willis

Comedy Central has sometimes leaned into stunt casting celebrities for its roasts. How else to explain “The Situation”? The situation for 2018’s upcoming Roast of Bruce Willis is much more legit, stacked with stars who either have gravitas and/or deep connections to the roastee of honor. Of course, Comedy Central already had announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who co-starred with Willis as a younger version of him in Looper, will serve as the official Roast Master. Now they’ve also lined up Cybill Shepherd, who starred with Willis in his breakthrough role on TV’s Moonlighting; Edward Norton, who co-stars with and directs...

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Variety’s 10 Comics To Watch 2018

Congratulations to this year’s class of “10 Comics to Watch,” as anointed by Variety magazine and toasted in July at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival. Variety usually compiles its list by a combination of asking industry influencers, plus forecasting based on what comics already have lined up in the coming year. This year’s 10, decidedly more diverse and less white guy than most previous years. The Class of 2018, along with Variety’s citation for each selection: Joel Kim Booster  – Booster recently released the comedy album Model Minority and recorded a half-hour special for Comedy Central. He’s appeared on...

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