Walter Latham proved himself an innovator in 2000 when he broke the mold of how stand-up comedy was produced and perceived. That was the year he released The Original Kings of Comedy and as a result broke the careers of Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer. Since that time Latham has continued shine a light on talented comedians all the while embracing ever-changing technologies.
He launched the successful Walter Latham Comedy channel on YouTube in 2012 (part of YouTube’s overall $100 million deal with Google to create premium content) which lead to the 2013 Comedy Central premiere of the one-hour special Comedy After Dark, which is now streaming on Netflix. This week, Latham announced perhaps his most innovative move to date: he’s partnering with Verizon to further produce and distribute his huge body of comedy.
As part of the Verizon deal Latham’s original programming will live on Verizon’s PotentialOfUs.com website and will also be accessible on Verizon’s wide range of mobile devices. “We have been exploring ways to partner with Verizon in the digital space for some time,” Latham says. “An alliance between Verizon and the comedy world grew organically from more and more people using their devices to access content and specifically comedy content. Aside from its overall customer base, Verizon has taken particular interest in African American interests and Potential of Us will provide the perfect soil for us to grow with that space.”
Latham also noted this week a massive collection of his past comedy projects is now available on Hulu. Everything from P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy to the aforementioned Comedy After Dark and The Original Kings of Comedy are included in Hulu’s offerings. Check out the late, great Bernie Mac from The Original Kings of Comedy below!