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
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:11:15 -0700
Dan Mintz, best known as the voice of Tina on FOX's animated series Bob's Burgers, brings his talents to Comedy Central for the release of his first Comedy Central Records stand-up album, The Stranger. Taped live at Comedy Works in Denver, The Stranger ...
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:03:45 -0700
Andy Sandford, a New York comedian whose work has appeared on “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and Comedy Central Records, will headline the first-ever Beast Village Comedy Festival in Des Moines. The festival, which takes place Oct. 10-11 across ...
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 07:35:10 -0700
In October of 2006, Wright premiered the hour special, “When The Leaves Blow Away,” on Comedy Central. Wright's second CD, “I Still Have A Pony,” was released by Comedy Central Records in 2007 and earned him a second Grammy Award nomination for ...
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:48:45 -0700
Comedian Nick Thune has appeared on many late night shows including “The Tonight Show,” Conan, and “Late Night.” His stand-up special, “Nick Thune: Folk Hero,” is currently streaming on Netflix. Fans, however, can see the comedian live in person as the ...
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin (blog)
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:02:19 -0700
His first CD/DVD, "Party", on Comedy Central Records (produced by Happy Madison) went Platinum, which he followed up in 2010 with his first one-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central, “Seriously Who Farted.” In addition to his career in film and in ...
Casino City Times
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:18:45 -0700
His fourth, one-hour special “Obsessed,” (“Beyond the Pale,” 2006; “King Baby,” 2009, “Mr. Universe,” 2012) premiered April 27 on Comedy Central and the DVD was released April 29 by Comedy Central Records. The pre-order for “Obsessed” already has ...
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