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Comedy Central Records
Comedy Central Records.jpg
Parent company Viacom
Founded 2002
Founder Jack Vaughn Jr.
Distributor(s) Alternative Distribution Alliance
Genre Comedy
Country of origin United States
Location New York City, New York
Official website Comedy Central Records

Comedy Central Records is a record label founded by Jack Vaughn Jr. 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.[1]

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.[2]

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.

RIAA Certifications[edit]

Artist Album Award Format
Dane Cook Harmful If Swallowed Gold Album
Platinum Album
Retaliation Gold Album
Platinum Album
2x Platinum Album
Rough Around The Edges Gold Album
Nick Swardson Party Gold Video Longform
Platinum Video Longform
Daniel Tosh True Stories I Made Up Gold Video Longform
Happy Thoughts Gold Video Longform
Bo Burnham Bo Burnham Gold Video Longform
Demetri Martin These Are Jokes Gold Video Longform
Jim Gaffigan Doing My Time Gold Video Longform

Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album[edit]

Year Artist Album Result Ref
2006 Lewis Black Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues Nominated No
2007 Lewis Black The Carnegie Hall Performance Won No
2008 Steven Wright I Still Have a Pony Nominated [3]
George Lopez America's Mexican Nominated [3]
2009 Lewis Black Anticipation Nominated [4]
2010 Stephen Colbert A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Won [5]
George Lopez Tall, Dark & Chicano Nominated No
2011 Lewis Black Stark Raving Black Won [6]
2012 Louis C.K. Hilarious Won [7]
Patton Oswalt Finest Hour Nominated [7]


See also[edit]


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Broadway World
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:30:00 -0700

This month, Comedy Central Records will release new stand-up comedy albums from comedians Randy Liedtke and Sam Morril. These albums are the third and fourth releases as part of the six Comedy Central Records is releasing from talent making up this ...
Media Update
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:26:15 -0700

Comedy Central achieved record ratings for the TV premiere of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. News Article Image for 'Trevor Noah breaks Comedy Central records'. The new incarnation of the show, hosted by SA comedian Trevor Noah, scored a rating of ...

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The Daily Advertiser
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:03:45 -0700

His half-hour Comedy Central Presents special aired in early 2011, coinciding with the release of his debut comedy album on Comedy Central Records. Tickets are $5 and available at http://tinyurl.com/lafcom102 and at the door. Former Lafayette native ...
Broadway World
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 07:48:45 -0700

Nick Thune is a Seattle-born comedian & actor whose unique style blends music and comedy. He was most recently cast in the NBC pilot Old Soul opposite Natasha Lyonne, produced by Amy Poehler. He has made appearances on such programs as Traffic ...
Broadway World
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:37:30 -0700

For the first time ever, Comedy Central Records will also release stand-up comedy albums from six comedians appearing on this season of The Half Hour. The albums will be released the same week as the selected comedian's televised show premiere.

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The SandPaper
Wed, 16 Sep 2015 05:45:00 -0700

Bo Burnham's homemade videos of comedic songs earned him a contract with Comedy Central Records before he was old enough to vote. Starting in 2005 Brooke Brodack flooded the Web with comedy videos and was quickly proclaimed the “first real ...

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The Futon Critic
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:30:00 -0700

on Comedy Central Records, recorded live at The Stand Comedy Club in New York City. It's his second album with the label, following his critically acclaimed "An American Storyteller." Oakerson is recognized for his numerous television appearances such ...
Broadway World
Fri, 29 May 2015 14:46:04 -0700

Nick Swardson is serving up hot new jokes in the world premiere of "Nick Swardson: Taste It," debuting tonight, May 30 at 10 P.M. ET/PT on Comedy Central. For fans that can't wait for Swardson's new material, the special will be available on May 25 on ...

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