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
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:37:30 -0700
Comedy legend Marc Maron's newest comedy album "Thinky Pain" will be released by Comedy Central Records on May 6 as a double CD, vinyl, and a digital album available on iTunes and Amazon MP3. The vinyl release, includes a free digital version of ...
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:41:15 -0700
Working with CC:Studios, talent has access to Comedy Central's extensive distribution channels including on-air, Comedy Central Records, CC Mobile Apps, Comedy Central Home Entertainment, Comedy Central Radio, VOD and Comedy Central Certified ...
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:07:41 -0700
54 on the latter list, selling 6,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals" Time also gives the Comedy Central Records label its record-extending 32nd chart-topper on the Comedy Albums chart.
The Daily Times
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:04:58 -0700
... 2011, coinciding with the release of his debut comedy album, “If These Balls Could Talk,” on Comedy Central Records, and he also produced a series of short films for Adult Swim's superdeluxe.com, which can now be seen at youtube.com/louiskatzcomedy.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:36:00 -0700
Her latest CD, Ask Me About My New God!, is available on Comedy Central Records. In terms of showbiz, Maria has made it and is swimming in a gravy boat, filled with scrumptious gravy. She lives with two overweight dogs and a boyfriend in Eagle Rock, ...
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:33:03 -0700
In 2007, Birbiglia released a live rendition of his favorite stories on Comedy Central Records titled "My Secret Public Journal LIVE," which both Time Out New York and Time Out Chicago hailed as the "Comedy Album of the Year." In 2008, Birbiglia teamed ...
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:33:39 -0700
Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time is scheduled to be released on April 8, 2014 on Comedy Central Records. It comes in a DVD/CD Combo set that also has a card for a free download inside. The audio download is also available on the Comedy Central ...
Tahoe Daily Tribune
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:30:00 -0700
Her album, “Thug Tears,” was released on Comedy Central Records a few years ago, and I'm hoping she brings that and some more voices on my radio show. Tracey MacDonald. Every time Tracey comes up to the Lake it's like a little bit of Nova Scotia comes ...
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