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SiriusXM to Launch New 24/7 Comedy Channel:  SiriusXM Comedy Greats Featuring Material from Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and more....

SiriusXM to Launch New 24/7 Comedy Channel: SiriusXM Comedy Greats Featuring Material from Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and more....

 

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NEW YORK, July 30, 2015  -- SiriusXM announced today that it will launch a new 24/7 comedy channel showcasing the greatest stand-up performers of all time. SiriusXM Comedy Greats, scheduled to launch on August 13, will celebrate the art of stand-up comedy and will feature the top 100+ comics.

SiriusXM listeners can expect to hear the best from comedy's biggest and best names from the past and present, such as Lewis Black, George Carlin, Louis C.K., Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Hart, Bill Maher, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, Amy Schumer and Jerry Seinfeld.

The new comedy channel will also feature countdown takeovers, with various comics hosting special guest DJ sessions discussing their favorite comedians and those who influenced their careers. The special countdowns, which will air regularly on the channel, will be hosted by comedians such as Bill Burr, Jim Gaffigan, Ed Helms and more.

"SiriusXM's comedy suite is home to the biggest brands and personalities in comedy, and now, with the addition of Comedy Greats, we're excited to bring our subscribers a showcase for stand-up's founding fathers and heroes," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM.

SiriusXM Comedy Greats will launch on August 13 with the special "Jim Norton Counts Down The Top 50 Comedy Greats of All Time." The special, hosted by comedian and SiriusXM host Jim Norton, will feature Norton revealing the top 50 comedy greats of all time in front of a live studio audience. The top 50 list consists of comedians identified by the SiriusXM comedy team—which includes input from SiriusXM listeners via a poll:  http://blog.siriusxm.com/2015/07/16/pick-your-top-10-comics-of-all-time/. The special will air on Thursday, August 13 and will replay throughout the weekend.

The new channel will also feature special vignettes with comedians like Dan Aykroyd, Adam Carolla, Cedric the Entertainer, Bill Hader, George Lopez, Howie Mandel, Marc Maron and Russell Brand sharing personal stories about comedians who have changed their lives. The special vignettes will air throughout the week beginning August 13.

SiriusXM Comedy Greats will be available via satellite on channel 94 and will also be available through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

Subscribers will also be able to listen to the channel via SiriusXM On Demand through the SiriusXM App for smartphones and other mobile devices and online at siriusxm.com.

SiriusXM Comedy Greats joins a robust comedy lineup on SiriusXM featuring Comedy Central Radio, Raw Dog Comedy, Jeff and Larry's Comedy Roundup, Jamie Foxx's The Foxxhole channel, Laugh USA, Carlin's Corner and Canada Laughs.

For more info on Sirius XM, visit www.siriusxm.com

 

 

Source: SiriusXM, PRNewswire

BOUNCE TV SERIES "MANN & WIFE" RENEWED FOR SECOND SEASON, RETURNING IN 2016...

BOUNCE TV SERIES "MANN & WIFE" RENEWED FOR SECOND SEASON, RETURNING IN 2016...

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Following a record breaking season on Bounce TV, the new and original series Mann & Wife has been renewed for a second season. The show will return spring 2016. 

David Mann, Tamela Mann

David Mann, Tamela Mann

Starring David and Tamela Mann, the series follows the newlywed, second-chance sweethearts as they laugh and love their way through the ups and downs of life as a blended family, each with two children from previous marriages. Mann & Wife features a vibrant supporting cast: Vivica A. Fox, portraying Daniel's ex-wife; Tony Rock, playing Daniel's new partner on the police force and JoMarie Payton as Lorraine, Daniel's overbearing mother. Series co-creator Roger Bobb (The Rickey Smiley Show, House of Payne) serves as executive producer and director. 

Mann & Wife Cast

Mann & Wife Cast

The series premiere of Mann & Wife bowed on April 7and quickly became the network's most-watched original series ever.  The following week, Mann & Wife joined Empire in the rare company of television series that increased ratings from week one to week two when the second episode increased viewership over the series premiere episode to become Bounce TV's most-watched original to date. 

Real-life husband and wife team David Mann (House of Payne, Meet The Browns) and Tamela Mann (Madea's Big Happy Family, Sparkle) star and serve as executive producers of Mann & Wife.

About Bounce TV

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Bounce TV is the nation's first-ever and fastest-growing broadcast television network designed for African-American audiences.  It airs on the digital signals of local television stations with corresponding cable carriage and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, documentaries, specials, live sports and more. The rapidly-expanding Bounce TV is the number two most-watched African-American network on television. 

Reality Star Draya Michele to Make Acting Debut in TV One Original, Will to Love...

Reality Star Draya Michele to Make Acting Debut in TV One Original, Will to Love...

 

Draya Michele

Draya Michele

Reality television star Draya Michele will be making her acting debut this month in an exclusive TV One original film. Michele will star alongside Marques Houston and Keshia Knight-Pulliam in the TV One original, Will to Love. 

Marques Houston, Draya Michele

Marques Houston, Draya Michele

Directed by Chris Stokes and Joel Layogan, the film follows the story of Jamal Hawkins; played by Houston, a bachelor who must marry within 90-days to earn an expected inheritance from his grandfather. In comes Michele, who is out to find and marry the baller of her dreams. This will stand as Michele's first acting role, after having starred in the Basketball Wives LA franchise. 

Marques Houston, Keshia Knight-Pulliam

Marques Houston, Keshia Knight-Pulliam

Others featured in this film include Shondrella Avery, Black Thomas, Valarie Pettiford, and Gary Sturgis. Will to Love will debut on TV One June 27, 2015!


@Garyowencomedy Back at #ClevelandImprov Starting Tonight...

@Garyowencomedy Back at #ClevelandImprov Starting Tonight...

 

We hope you're ready to get you laugh on Cleveland! It all starts tonight, with the return of comedian Gary Owen. 

It's sure to be a weekend of gut-wrenching laughs, as Owen is back here in the city to perform a lineup of 7 shows between tonight and Sunday! Thinking of each and everyone of his past shows, this is definitely an occasion you do not want to miss out on. It's not too late to get your tickets either. Simply log on to www.clevelandimprov.com and order your regular or GOLD seating packages. Typically, Gary's shows are a sold-out affair, so you surely want to act fast!

In other Gary Owen news, he's also gearing up for the release of the new film Get Hard, in which he is featured alongside fellow comedians and actors Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell. 

For more information and continuous updates on Gary Owen, visit his official website at www.garyowen.com

A Night at the Improv with Jay Phillips...

A Night at the Improv with Jay Phillips...

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Tonight's show at the Cleveland Improv was definitely one to remember.  The show featured comedians Rob Ward, Patrick Melton, and headliner Jay Phillips. Phillips is no newcomer to comedy, having been all over HBO comedy specials and Def Comedy Jam. He also carried a leading role in the 2008 film Semi Pro alongside Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, and Outkast's Andre Benjamin. He's now a part of the new BET sketch series The Xperiment! 

Rob Ward emcee'd the show, offering his own unique brand of comedy that had the audience at ease. Ward often emcees a number of shows here at the Improv, and continues to build his following with each show. He always does a fantastic job with warming the crowd up. 

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Patrick Melton followed Ward with a hilarious set that had the audience laughing energetically from the start. There wasn't necessarily one thing that Melton focus on. He talked about a variety of topics, but it was more conversational. That's what made him easily relate with the crowd, ultimately wining them over, Both Ward and Melton were the added bonus of the night, as with the Improv, only the headliner is advertised. You don't necessarily know who you're getting with the openers, so being completely honest, the show could go one of two ways. Tonight was definitely one of those nights where each comedian rocked hard.

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Following the trend of the night, Jay Phillips commandeered the crowd with no trouble whatsoever. His often animated delivery made for a fun time, and his style, also conversational, definitely won the audience immediately. It was basically like he was spending the night talking with friends, and nothing was off limits. One of the things that stood out for me was his impression of President Barack Obama. Anyone in the audience would say he was "spot on" with the President's dialect. We definitely can't give too much away in reference to what he joked about, but we emphatically say that Phillips is absolutely hilarious, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not going out to see him, wherever the is.

Phillips will be here in Cleveland throughout the remainder of the weekend performing with both Patrick Melton and Rob Ward at the Cleveland Improv. For more info or to purchase tickets, contact 216-696-4977, or visit www.clevelandimprov.com

Jay Phillips can be found on both Twitter and Instagram with the handle: @jayphillipslive

Patrick Melton can be found on both Twitter and Instagram with the handle: @pmelt

Rob Ward can be found on Instagram with the handle: @robwardcomedy