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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.

History[edit]

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]

Discography[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]


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308 news items

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:00:37 -0700

In addition to his two albums on Comedy Central Records, he has appeared on Comedy Central shows including The Half Hour, This Is Not Happening, Comedy Underground with Dave Attell and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. His other credits include Late ...

Creative Loafing Tampa

Creative Loafing Tampa
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:07:30 -0700

The comedian (who turns 25 in August) became the youngest person to record for Comedy Central Records way back when he was 18 with his debut Bo Fo Sho. And he's recorded and toured regularly ever since, including this year's Make Happy Tour, which ...

The-News-Leader

The-News-Leader
Sun, 19 Jul 2015 20:56:15 -0700

His fourth hour special ("Beyond the Pale" 2006, "King Baby" 2009, "Mr. Universe" 2012), "Obsessed" premiered on Comedy Central in 2014 and the DVD/CD was released soon after by Comedy Central Records. "Obsessed" premiered at #1 on iTunes which ...
 
Broadway World
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:18:56 -0700

... God, Honeymoon in Vegas, Motown, Wedding Singer, Grease, Les Miz) Off (Altar Boyz (Drama League Nom). TV/Film (Mork and Mindy Story, Made in Jersey, 9 Minutes) Comedy (Stephen lynch tour, Joberg and Gurner- signed to Comedy Central records).
 
Broadway World
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:30:00 -0700

... selling father of five recently deputed a fourth hour special ("Beyond the Pale" 2006, "King Baby" 2009, "Mr. Universe" 2012), "Obsessed," which premiered on Comedy Central in 2014 with the DVD/CD being released soon after by Comedy Central Records.
 
Broadway World
Fri, 29 May 2015 14:46:04 -0700

... which he wrote, starred in, and produced. His first CD/DVD, "Party," on Comedy Central Records (produced by Happy Madison) went platinum. He followed that up in 2010 with his first one-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central, "Seriously Who Farted?".
 
Broadway World
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:40:40 -0800

... I Made Up" (Comedy Central Records) and premiered Tosh's two hour-long stand-up specials, "Completely Serious" (2007) and "Happy Thoughts" (2011). Both specials were also released as combination DVD/CDs by Comedy Central Records with "Happy ...
 
Broadway World
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:33:45 -0800

A comedian, actor, musician, writer, director and producer, Moore's 2013 musical comedy album, "Drunk Texts To Myself," was released to rave reviews on Comedy Central Records featuring ten new comedic songs. A founding member and leader of the ...
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