Comedy Central is making January Stand-up Month with new specials from Ron Funches, Chris Distefano, James Davis, and Roy Wood Jr. They will also be producing a new digital stand-up series featuring 14 up-and-coming comedians simply titled Comedy Central Stand-Up.
New hours from the four comedy powerhouses will premiere each Friday starting January 4. The site also released a promo featuring the four…and a unicorn.
Ron Funches: Giggle Fit will premiere on January 4 followed by James Davis: Live From The Town on January 11. Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist comes out January 18 and, lastly, Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You premieres January 25.
The new digital series will start on January 8 and will be available to stream on YouTube, Facebook Watch, Twitter, and Instagram with new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday. The list of names set to appear on the series includes Tom Thakkar, Petey DeAbreu, Dina Hashem, Natasha Vaynblat, Ian Lara, Clare O’Kane, Stavros Halkias, Hanna Dickinson, Joyelle Nicole Johnson, Yedoye Travis, Marie Faustin, Ryan Beck, Martin Urbano, and Chris Cotton. The first round of videos was filmed at Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY and a second round has been set for Los Angeles, but the location has not been announced yet.
The series comes from a legacy of Comedy Central programming dedicated to showcasing new stand-up like Adam Devine’s House Party and Live at Gotham. The big difference with the new program is it will be shown online instead of through its TV network. Comedy Central already hosts online-only content with web series like Genies or Irrational Fears, but this will be one of the first stand-up ventures to debut as digital content. Previously, Ari Shaffir’s This Is Not Happening debuted on CC Studios (now Comedy Central Short Form) before migrating to your cable box.