CNN TO PREMIERE "THE HISTORY OF COMEDY" ON THURSDAY, FEB. 9, AT 9PM ET/PT - New CNN Original Series Features Interviews with Comedy Icons Norman Lear, Carol Burnett, Larry David and Betty White among others
New York, N.Y. - Jan. 4, 2017 - "The History of Comedy," executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills) with Emmy Award winners Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen (Herzog & Company), will premiere Thursday, Feb. 9, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN, following a world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Using archival footage punctuated by contemporary interviews with comedy legends, scholars and current stars, the new eight-part CNN Original Series explores what makes people laugh and how comedy has affected the social and political landscape throughout history.
"The History of Comedy" also features interviews with Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Senator Al Franken, Margaret Cho, Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel, Kathy Griffin, George Lopez, Keegan-Michael Key, Conan O'Brien, Patton Oswalt, Dick Cavett, Ali Wong, W. Kamau Bell and more. The premiere episode, "Going Blue," looks at groundbreaking comedians like George Carlin, Dick Gregory and Lenny Bruce who dared to embrace the risqué side of comedy. Additional episodes look at women in comedy, political humor, parody and satire, comedy ripped from the headlines, the dark side of comedy, comedy in race and culture, and comedy found in everyday life.
In support of the series launch, CNN Original Series in partnership with the National Comedy Center, the first national non-profit cultural institution dedicated to comedy, will present "Stand-Up Live!" The showcase will feature some of today's freshest and funniest stand-up comics and hit legendary comedy clubs in New York City, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. Tickets can be purchased via the National Comedy Center's website, www.comedycenter.org.
"The History of Comedy" will be available On Demand the day after the linear premiere on cable VOD and on CNNgo via iPad, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire, and desktop at www.cnn.com/go.
About CNN Original Series
The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Lizzie Fox, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.
NYC - January 25
Comedians Judy Gold, Emma Willmann, Tony Deyo, Marina Franklin, and Michelle Buteau will perform at Carolines on Broadway on January 25th as part of "Stand-Up Live!" presented by the National Comedy Center and CNN's "History of Comedy"
Boston - January 28
Comedians Matteo Lane, Harrison Greenbaum, Orlando Baxter, Kerri Louise, and Bethany Van Delft will perform at Nick's Comedy Shop in Boston on January 28th as part of "Stand-Up Live!" presented by the National Comedy Center and CNN's "History of Comedy"
Chicago - February 2
Comedians Sammy Obeid, Emma Willmann, Tony Deyo, Patti Vasquez, Keith Alberstadt and more will perform at Zanies Chicago on February 2nd as part of "Stand-Up Live!" presented by the National Comedy Center and CNN's "History of Comedy"
Los Angeles - February 4
Comedians Francisco Ramos, Andy Hendrickson, Dulcé Sloan and more will perform at the Comedy and Magic Club in LA on February 4th as part of "Stand-Up Live!" presented by the National Comedy Center and CNN's "History of Comedy"