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Byron Allen to host ‘Feeding America Comedy Festival’

Eddie Murphy, Tiffany Haddish, and Adam Sandler will be among the slew of celebrities performing in Byron Allen’s “Feeding America Comedy Festival.” The comedy special was organized by Allen through Entertainment Studios (parent company of theGrio), the television division of his Allen Media Group. The money raised will go toward Feeding America and is co-produced by Funny or Die. READ MORE: Media mogul Byron Allen sues Nielsen for breach of contract It will air on the May 9 and be live-streamed on the Allen Media Group television networks Comedy.TV and The Weather Channel and on the free streaming service app Local Now from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET. In addition to Murphy, Haddish and Sandler appearing on the telecast, a bevy of other Hollywood heavyweights have also been announced. Kevin Hart, Billy Crystal, Marlon Wayans, Howie Mandel, Brad Garrett, Taraji P. Henson, Louie Anderson, Margaret Cho, Kenan Thompson, Marc Maron, Jon Lovitz, Caroline Rhea, Billy Gardell, Tim Meadows,..

Taraji stars in Netflix comedy ‘Coffee & Kareem’

Taraji stars in Netflix comedy ‘Coffee & Kareem’

If you’re looking for a film the whole family can enjoy together, Netflix’s upcoming cop comedy Coffee & Kareem may be just what you need. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as a single mother dating a white cop (Ed Helms), much to the dismay of her son who will stop at nothing to get rid of his mom’s new guy. The flick also stars Terrence Little Gardenhigh, David Alan Grier, RonReaco Lee, Betty Gilpin, and Andrew Bachelor. READ MORE:Taraji P. Henson drops haircare line inspired by her own hair challenges Check out the official description: While police officer James Coffee (Helms) enjoys his new relationship with Vanessa Manning (Henson), her beloved 12-year-old son Kareem (Gardenhigh) plots their break-up. Attempting to scare away his mom’s boyfriend for good, Kareem tries to hire criminal fugitives to take him out but accidentally exposes a secret network of criminal activity, making his family its latest target. To protect Vanessa, Kareem teams up with Coffee — the partner he neve..

Byron Allen to host ‘Feeding America Comedy Festival’

Brooklyn Comedy Collective Will Pay Producers to Live Stream

Share This Post In light of the need to social distance and quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic, the Brooklyn Comedy Collective is taking its comedy online nightly at 9 PM EST on the live streaming app TVCO – and paying its producers a stipend to live stream their shows. Since its debut in March, 2018, the BCC’s core mission has been to pay comedians for their work. In a comedy scene where improvisers and performers are rarely paid by comedy theaters, The BCC has always paid its performers a significant portion of the box office, distinguishing it as a playground where experimentation and ingenuity is valued. Now, with all live events shut down for the foreseeable future in NYC, the BCC has entered into a contract with TVCO to produce a slate of 16 shows, one every night through April 8, 2020, with the possibility to extend and produce more shows. Producers of these livestreams are paid a stipend per hour-long show. The live streams are free to watch for viewers on the TVCO ap..

Byron Allen to host ‘Feeding America Comedy Festival’

New Netflix comedy feat. Epps & Sykes

It looks like Netflix may have another comedy hit other hands. The streaming service is gearing up for a new comedy series The Upshaws starring Kim Fields, Wanda Sykes, and Mike Epps. The multi-camera comedy series centers on a Black, working-class family struggling to make it work in Indiana and we can’t wait to see Kim Fields in a leading role. According to Deadline, the Living Single and RHOA alum will play Regina Upshaw, Lucretia’s (Sykes) sister and Bennie’s (Epps) high school sweetheart, now wife, and the mother of his three children. Regina works in medical billing at a local hospital and struggles to stay upbeat and keep her family happy — and her husband in check — while pursuing goals of her own. Epps will play Bennie Upshaw, the lovable, charming, thug-adjacent head of the Upshaw family. He runs a garage in Indianapolis and is constantly butting heads with his sister-in-law, Lucretia, who believes her sister could have and do better. As a husband and father of four chi..

Byron Allen to host ‘Feeding America Comedy Festival’

Chappelle, Hart, Foxx and Wanda Sykes: Netflix Is a Joke Fest

Netflix is taking its comedy brand to a whole new level. Netflix Is a Joke is throwing a week-long comedy festival in Los Angeles and it will feature some of the biggest names in the game. The event will span across 20 LA venues from April 27-May 3 and feature live stand-up shows, special events, and activations with comedians like Jamie Foxx, Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, Kevin Hart and more. The festival will also include STAND OUT: An LGBTQ+ Celebration with headliners Alan Carr, Hannah Gadsby, Margaret Cho, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Wanda Sykes and more. Anchoring the Netflix is a Joke Fest is the closing night inaugural edition of The Hall, a first-of-its-kind hall of fame honoring the greats of stand-up comedy. Today’s biggest names in comedy including Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and more will pay homage to and induct comedy legends George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and ..

Byron Allen to host ‘Feeding America Comedy Festival’

Don Cheadle ‘Black Monday’ season 2 trailer

Don Cheadle and Regina Hall are back to their old tricks if the just-dropped Black Monday is any indication. Showtime debuted the new season’s first trailer at the TCAs on Monday and in it, we see Maurice “Mo” Monroe (Cheadle) looking a little crazy in the aftermath of the largest stock market crash in history. Don Cheadle and Regina Hall are Wall Street’s worst nightmares in ‘Black Monday’ Judging by the trailer, this season will see Dawn (Hall) and Blair (Andrew Rannells) in charge now that Mo is on the run and they quickly learn how hard it is to be the boss. “The exciting part about doing the second season was we sort of left Blair at the end of Season 1 on the precipice of making a lot of personal decisions,” Rannells said during the show’s TCA panel, “and then this season we really got to launch into them. He gets dark real fast.” We can’t wait to see who will take the fall for the crash or the murders that went down during season 1. Loose lips: Don Cheadle refuses to do mo..

Byron Allen to host ‘Feeding America Comedy Festival’

Dave Chappelle gets deep: Mark Twain Prize speech

Who knew that after 30-plus years in a career that has ranged from small stages at tiny nightclubs to the biggest stages at the most exclusive venues (and also movies, and a modern classic TV show), Dave Chappelle would wind up with one of the highest honors given to comedians and comedy writers? But in his eight-minute acceptance speech, given in October but released this week, he managed to speak volumes — which he usually does — and makes the remarks about culture and comedy that has kept him on the edge all these years. So here are the top four takeaways from Chappelle accepting the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. OPINION: Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix comedy special is funny, but I can see why people are mad On the First Amendment: “I know comics that are very racist and I watch them on stage and everyone’s laughing and I’m like “hmm that m*****f*****r means that s**t….It’s not that serious. (The) First Amendment is first for a reason. Second Amendment is just in case the ..

Byron Allen to host ‘Feeding America Comedy Festival’

Eddie Murphy shares regrets on Jimmy Kimmel

Eddie Murphy is the Emperor of Comedy, period. He’s written, directed, produced and starred in some of the funniest movies ever mad. Oh, and he was one of the most celebrated comedians ever. However, there’s one thing he regrets. Eddie Murphy could’ve been on “We Are the World,” the charity single written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie that featured [...]

Byron Allen to host ‘Feeding America Comedy Festival’

Dulce Sloan First Half Hour

Share This Post For one Friday, standup comedian and Daily Show correspondent Dulce Sloan is going to have the rare and impossible honor of being in two places at once. In DC, she’ll be performing on The New Negroes show as part of BYT and Tig Notaro’s Bentzen Ball. But the rest of the country will also get to see her debut television special, as it premieres as part of this year’s Comedy Central Half-Hour series. Given her correspondent gig, Sloan is no stranger to viewers of the network. In her role, her clear voice brings humor to important and at times unfunny issues like policing and cultural appropriation. While the material is written for her, she brings it to life in a highly unique way. But in her half hour, she took the opportunity to use that “heightened version of herself” to speak on more personal experiences than might come up on the show. In some ways, it seemed to differ from how she approached the sets leading up to the special; she noted, “a lot of times, at a lot..

Byron Allen to host ‘Feeding America Comedy Festival’