Comedy Central is all-in on Roy Wood Jr.; orders new comedy special, TV show, web series

Comedy Central wants a whole lot more of Roy Wood Jr. The network announced Thursday a comprehensive “first look” development deal with the comedian. The deal includes plans for a pilot, a new one-hour stand-up special, and an original digital series. The veteran stand-up and former Daily Show correspondent’s deal includes production on Wood’s new pilot, Jefferson County: Probation, which shoots in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama this May. Wood wrote the pilot with Boondocks

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Comedy Central, American University team up for Laughter Lab initiative

American University is partnering with Comedy Central to create Laughter Lab, and they want you to “yes and” social justice. “Yes, And… Laughter Lab, a new initiative seeking to help build and support collaborations between comedy people and social justice people, invites you to apply to pitch your project at the inaugural convening in New York City on Tuesday, June 11, 2019,” says the Laughter Lab website. The submission deadline

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Late night roundup: Roy Wood Jr., Janelle James, Joel Kim Booster, Sean Finnerty

Late night talk shows are still one of the best places to get bite-sized amounts of stand-up comedy and discover new up-and-coming comedians. Of course, not all late night comics are making their TV debuts. We love it when our favorite comedians do a little stand-up before heading over to the couch! To help you get through the final hours of your Friday workday, each week we’ll give you a recap

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New Year’s Resolutions: Stand-up comedians share their plans for 2019

We’re so sorry to remind you, but it’s New Year’s Resolution time! Yep, it’s that terrible time of year when one must consider the sad Venn diagram of who they are and who they want to be and then bring those circles a little closer together. It’s empowering, depressing, and scary. So for inspiration, we asked some of the world’s funniest people to divulge their 2019 New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s what

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Comedy Central Stand-Up Month to bring new specials from these four comedians

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

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Colin Quinn, Robert Kelly and more come together to honor late comedian Mike DeStefano

As you may recall, comedian Mike DeStefano passed away this past March due to a heart attack. Left mostly unknown was his recently completed one-man show, Drugs, Disease, and Death: A Comedy, an emotional albeit highly entertaining piece that was only seen five times. DeStefano’s legacy continues, though: some New York comedians are holding a benefit — part of the New York Comedy Festival — in his honor at 8

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