Day: July 26, 2019

Avalon inks deal with Amazon for six British-based Prime Video stand-up specials in 2019

Amazon’s Prime Video push into branding its own stand-up comedy specials continues with a massive launch-month effort. Adding to what’s already coming in August, Amazon now will premiere four new hours from British comedy acts, thanks to a deal with Avalon. Amazon Originals from Chris Ramsey, Ed Gamble, Flo & Joan and Paul Chowdhry launching Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Later in 2019, Amazon also will premiere exclusive new stand-up specials from Rob Delaney (who’s American but living abroad, where he co-created and co-starred in Catastrophe for Amazon) and Jayde Adams. You can watch teasers for the four British specials...

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Jacqueline Novak, “Get On Your Knees,” at the Cherry Lane Theatre

“My only intent is to delight. I’m a nightclub act.” So says the stand-up comedian Jacqueline Novak, nearing the climax of her first off-Broadway show. But Get On Your Knees is so much more than a comedy performance, more even than a one-person theatrical production. Of which the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City’s West Village has incubated several greats in recent memory (see the eventual Netflix specials and/or Broadway runs for Colin Quinn, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, and Mike Birbligia, among them). Birbiglia executive produces Novak’s run at Cherry Lane, and Mike Lavoie produces...

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Sundance Institute launches Comedy Central Fellowship

The Sundance Institute in Utah will start devoting more time and space to comedy, thanks to a brand-new comedy fellowship from Comedy Central. The Sundance Institute | Comedy Central Comedy Fellowship will establish a grant to fund one Comedy Fellowship to the Sundance Institute Episodic Lab each fall and one Comedy Fellowship to the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab each winter. These Comedy Fellows will be selected by Sundance Institute’s curatorial team in collaboration with Comedy Central, from among the Lab Fellows developing comedy projects. The Fellowships will include a $10,000 cash grant and customized mentorship from Comedy Central executives,...

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Amy Schumer signs first-look deal with Hulu, stars in sitcom “Love, Beth” in 2020

Here’s the inside news on Amy Schumer’s return to TV: It’s happening on Hulu, not on Comedy Central. Hulu announced today at the TV Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour that it’s signed a first-look deal with Schumer that includes her next starring vehicle, a 10-episode sitcom: Love, Beth. Schumer will star, direct, write and executive produce Love, Beth. She’s working with her longest of long-time collaborators, Kevin Kane and Kim Caramele (Schumer’s sister), via Endeavor Content. She’s nominated for an Emmy this year for writing for her Netflix stand-up special, Growing. She previously has won an Emmy and...

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