Jan 17, 2019
January is Stand-Up Month on the network, featuring a slate of one-hour specials.
Comedy Central has been the epicenter of stand-up comedy for more than 25 years, and the network is kicking off 2019 by declaring January Stand-Up Month and putting the art form front and center in the new year. Anchored by four all-new one-hour specials, the celebration is a prime example of the network’s commitment to stand-up curation.
While streaming competitors like Netflix continue to churn out stand-up specials and invest millions in established, A-list comics, Comedy Central steadily continues its commitment to discovering and nurturing the freshest comedic talent in the business. In 2018, the network aired some 20 episodes of comedy stand-up, including the second seasons of Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents and Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level, plus additional stand-up centric series and hybrid specials. During Stand Up Month this month, it’ll feature specials every Friday night, including Ron Funches’ “Giggle Fit,” which debuted on Jan. 4, and additional hour-longs starring James Davis (Jan. 11), Chris Distefano (Jan. 18), and Roy Wood Jr. (Jan. 25).
“If a special comes out on Comedy Central, I'm confident that it's going to be good and at least has been vetted by a bunch of executives that know what they're doing,” says Distefano. He previously had a half-hour on Comedy Central in 2014 and inked a multi-faceted deal with the network in December 2018. “Some other places, I feel like they just have so much money, they're just giving specials to anybody, and 10 minutes through, you're like, ‘I can't watch this anymore.’ At Comedy Central, at least, you know that there's a high chance of it being good.”
Comedy Central Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Talent and Development, Jonas Larsen, said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last November that Netflix “takes the Wal-Mart approach,” while Comedy Central is more invested in fostering talent. “We are about launching new talent and new voices. We can really curate those new voices, and that's what we're really focused on in that space. We'll let them spend themselves silly with big names, but for us, it's really about incubating that new talent and bringing them out to the world.”
Carlos Mencia's stand-up special, 'Performance Enhanced*' in 2008.
Maria Bamford on John Oliver's 'New York Stand-up Show' in 2010.
"If you’re a comedian and you don’t have something on [Comedy Central], you need to reconsider."
'Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters' in 2012.
Yamaneika Saunders on 'Comedy Central Stand-up Presents' in 2017.
Bill Burr's 2010 Comedy Central special, 'Let it Go.'