Comedy Central Records is a record label founded by Jack Vaughn and Comedy Central (part of Viacom's MTV Networks) that puts out comedy albums by comedians that have appeared on their network.
The Label is distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance / Warner Music.
Comedy Central Records was founded in 2002 by producer Jack Vaughn whom along with Comedy Central had hopes to revive the comedy album.
Attitudes to stand-up began to change in 2002 when the channel released an uncensored CD of the network's program "Crank Yankers," which features various human-like puppets making off-color crank calls to one another. The CD ended up selling more than 80,000 copies, turning a nice profit for the network—and started network management thinking about signing their talent to record deals. Since 2002, Comedy Central Records has gradually increased the number of releases to about 10 a year. The low number limits risk. "We make money on 80% to 90% of our releases," Mr. Vaughn says, noting that most new releases in the music industry lose money. The label's biggest hit so far is Dane Cook's "Retaliation," which opened at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, the best comedy debut since Steve Martin's "A Wild and Crazy Guy" in 1978. The album has since gone platinum with total sales of nearly 650,000, according to SoundScan.
Since its debut the label has seen sides of both financial and critical acclaim, with releases from Dane Cook, Mitch Hedberg, Jim Gaffigan, Bo Burnham, Lewis Black, Nick Swardson, and Louis C.K. holding spots on the Billboard 200. Along with Grammy wins from Lewis Black and Stephen Colbert
Starting in 2007, the label has been releasing albums exclusively through digital music vendors such as iTunes, and Rhapsody as a way to give lesser known comedians exposure with little risk to the label. Comedians whose albums have been released this way are Josh Sneed, Anthony Jeselnik, Greg Warren, Todd Glass, and Matt Braunger.
Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:26:15 -0800
Some other recordings by Comedy Central Records include, Jim Gaffigan's “Obsessed,” Patton Oswalt's “Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time,” Bill Cosby's “Far From Finished,” Hannibal Buress' “Live From Chicago,” and Whitney Cummings' “I Love You." ...
TV Series Finale
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 10:06:11 -0800
Also available on Tuesday, December 9 is the album “Kroll Show: For The Record,” released by Comedy Central Records. “Kroll Show: For The Record” features the most musical characters from “Kroll Show” performing songs including the timeless Sloppy ...
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:06:51 -0800
9, Comedy Central Records will release Kroll Show: For The Record, which will feature tracks from Kroll's musically inclined characters Sloppy Secondz (“LA Deli”), Wheels Ontario star Bryan LaCroix and more. Check out the trailer for Kroll Show's third ...
Huffington Post (satire)
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:48:45 -0800
Jay's new album from Comedy Central Records, "The Crowd Work Sessions: What's Your F@!?#ng Deal?!" features an hour of unwritten material recorded at The Stand in New York City, and is available on iTunes. Also be sure to check out their podcasts, ...
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:26:15 -0800
Comedy Central Records releases a new comedy album from crowd work specialist Big Jay Oakerson. "The Crowd Work Sessions: What's Your F@!?#ng Deal?!" will be released today, November 17 and be available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and all ...
Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:26:15 -0800
Comedy Central Records releases a new comedy album from crowd work specialist Big Jay Oakerson. "The Crowd Work Sessions: What's Your F@!?#ng Deal?!" will be released on Monday, November 17 and be available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and all ...
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:00:47 -0800
... a special for Comedy Central's The Half Hour and his own TV show with T.J. Miller, the sketch-comedy/stand-up hybrid show Mash-Up. Now his first stand-up comedy album For Amusement Only is available on iTunes from Comedy Central Records.
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:27:39 -0800
Comedy Central Records announced that on Black Friday as part of National Record Store Day, they will be releasing a South Park limited edition 7-inch vinyl picture disc featuring two tracks from two of their classic episodes. There will only be 2,500 ...
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