"THE NEW NEGROES WITH BARON VAUGHN AND OPEN MIKE EAGLE" DEBUTS APRIL 19 ON COMEDY CENTRAL AT 11 P.M. (ET/PT).
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Comedy Central will debut “The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle” April 19 at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) with a simulcast on BET.
Each episode will include stand-up performances from three different comedians and will conclude with an original music video featuring Open Mike Eagle and a guest recording artist, with some guest-actor appearances.
The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle is a socially aware stand-up and music series showcasing a collection of new and established comedians and musicians. According to Vaughn and Eagle, the pair took inspiration for the series and title from the term "New Negro" as popularized during the Harlem Renaissance, referring to Black Americans speaking up, telling their own stories, and affirming their various identities to dismantle outdated assumptions and beliefs.
"Our series gets its title and its mission from a book named “The New Negro” by Alain Locke," said Vaughn and Eagle. "That book was a collection of essays, poetry, fiction, and music from a generation of emerging artists credited with launching the Harlem Renaissance. In other words, it was a place where black people shared their lives, their perspectives, and their ideals. It was a place where black people could define themselves instead of being defined by others. Our show aspires to do the same with stand-up comedy, music, and music videos.
We're paying homage to that original movement by inviting comedians and musicians to do what they do best: speak."
The newly launched Comedy Central Stand-Up YouTube channel, Comedy Central Stand-Up social-media accounts, and the CC App will feature clips and exclusive extended stand-up sets from each episode. Full episodes of The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle will be available the day after premiere on the Comedy Central App, cc.com, on-demand, and download-to-own platforms.
Fans can follow the social conversation about the series on Twitter via @StandUp and Instagram via @ccstandup.
Recently, Vaughn and Eagle brought the live version of The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle to SXSW 2019 for a show featuring Sam Jay, Josh Johnson, Dulcé Sloan, Phonte, with a special appearance by Hannibal Buress. Vaughn and Eagle also recorded exclusive Comedy Central digital content on site to be released closer to premiere.
Eagle, Vaughn, Rob Anderson, Lance Bangs, Funny Or Die's Mike Farah, and Gary Sanchez Productions' Betsy Koch are Executive Producers for The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle. Anne Harris and Kellyn Parker are executives in charge for Comedy Central.
ABOUT COMEDY CENTRAL:
Featuring an expertly curated line-up of series and specials, Comedy Central is the epicenter of stand-up.
From its Friday Night Stand-Up anchor on television to its social platforms, from 24/7 access on Comedy Central Radio and the Comedy Central App to home assistants, fans of Comedy Central stand-up consumed over 10 billion minutes of stand-up content in 2018.
The recently launched Comedy Central Stand-Up channel on YouTube is a gold mine of both original material and exclusive clips for fans looking to revisit a classic special from a legendary comedian or discovering a new favorite performance. Available on-air, online and on-the-go via the Comedy Central App.
Comedy Central (www.cc.com) is the No. 1 brand in comedy and is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned unit of Viacom.
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SYLVESTER STALLONE TO DIRECT AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCE "THE TENDERLOIN"(WORKING TITLE)
HISTORY is teaming with Sylvester Stallone to develop the drama series "The Tenderloin" (working title) from A+E Studios in association with Balboa Productions.
Stallone will executive produce and direct multiple episodes. Stephen Kay ("Sons of Anarchy," "The Shield") is set to write the pilot.
"The Tenderloin" is based on the true story of Charles Becker, a New York cop at the turn of the century and leader of the Strong-Arm Squad, tasked with going to war with the Italian, Jewish and Irish gangs in a violent New York City neighborhood called "The Tenderloin."
Becker and his squad were dirty cops, but at the same time tried to impose order in a city controlled by gangs and Tammany Hall. In a stunning turn of events, Becker became the first and only policeman in U.S. history sent to the electric chair for murder.
"Long before Miranda Rights or the fictional series 'The Shield,' there was the very real Charles Becker, a police officer living by his own moral code," said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, HISTORY. "This is a passion project for Sylvester, who has discovered new facts on Becker's case that shed new light on this infamous anti-hero. We look forward to joining forces with him to bring this incredible story to HISTORY audiences."
"The Tenderloin" is an A+E Studios production in association with Balboa Productions. Stallone, Kay and Braden Aftergood (“Hell or High Water”) executive produce. Barry Jossen serves as executive producer for A+E Studios.
ABOUT A+E STUDIOS:
A+E Studios is the award-winning studio unit of the global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios is an industry-leader in the creation, production and distribution of high quality scripted entertainment content across cable, network and streaming platforms.
A+E Studios serves as the primary scripted programming provider for the A+E Networks portfolio. A+E Studios' slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series and movies.
A+E Studios-produced titles include the Peabody Award-winning "UnREAL," "Project Blue Book" for HISTORY, the Emmy-nominated event miniseries "ROOTS," the action drama "SIX," the hit series "Knightfall" and "YOU" from Greg Berlanti.
Upcoming series slated for release next from A+E Studios include the Jenji Kohan-produced series "American Princess" for Lifetime, the drama series "Reprisal" from Warren Littlefield for Hulu and the animated drama series "The Liberator" for Netflix.
HISTORY, a division of A+E Networks, is the premier destination for historical storytelling. From best-in-class documentary events, to a signature slate of industry leading nonfiction series and premium fact-based scripted programming, HISTORY serves as the most trustworthy source of informational entertainment in media. HISTORY has been named the No. 1 U.S. TV network in buzz for seven consecutive years by YouGov BrandIndex, and a top favorite TV network by Beta Research Corporation.
For a deeper dive, visit history.com or follow history on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
NETFLIX ANNOUNCES NEW COMEDY STAND-UP SERIES "TIFFANY HADDISH PRESENTS: THEY READY"
Tiffany Haddish will introduce six of her favorite comedians to Netflix members around the world in Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready,” a bold new collection of hilarious half-hour stand-up specials.
"I am introducing six of my favorite comedians - in my eyes, they are super stars,” says Haddish. They are the epitome of “They Ready."
All six comedians were personally chosen by Haddish. She shares a history with each after working together on the stand-up scene or in television. In an industry that too often excludes women and people of color, this diverse group of comedians, both in style and background, are ready for their time in the spotlight.
Comedians include:e Chaunté Wayans (“Wild n' Out” and “50 Shades of Black”), April Macie (“Last Comic Standing” and “Dave Attell's Comedy Underground,” “Snoop Dogg's: Bad Girls of Comedy,” “Jenny McCarthy's Dirty Sexy Funny”), Tracey Ashley (“Last Comic Standing” and “The Last O.G.”), Aida Rodriguez (“Last Comic Standing,” “The Comedian,” “Comedy Central's This Week at the Comedy Cellar” and “The Young Turks”), Flame Monroe (“Def Comedy Jam”), and Marlo Williams (BET's “Comicview”).
Haddish serves as executive producer for She Ready Productions alongside Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz.
ABOUT PUSH IT PRODUCTIONS:
Wanda Sykes and veteran producer Page Hurwitz joined forces in 2013 to form Push It Productions, a full-service production company dedicated to creating quality, comedy-based programming for network, cable, and digital outlets. Push It is a women-owned and operated business dedicated to promoting diversity in front of and behind the camera.
Push It Productions burst onto the scene in 2014 by successfully reviving the NBC comedy competition “Last Comic Standing,” bringing in its highest ratings in eight years. Since then, the company has landed projects with Netflix, FOX, Epix, NBC, BET, OWN, and TruTV, including the award-winning, Wanda Sykes Presents “Herlarious,” the critically acclaimed “Talk Show The Game Show” and the groundbreaking series “Unprotected Sets” on EPIX. Push It is also producing one-hour specials for Sykes and Tiffany Haddish to launch on Netflix.
Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with 139 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from Netflix, History and Comedy Central publicity departments.