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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 Group.


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 ...
PR Newswire (press release)
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:45:00 -0800

Gaffigan's fourth 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 ...

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 ...


Sun, 27 Nov 2011 19:38:40 -0800

If you guessed Epic Records, well, you may be right — frankly, we haven't done that much research for this article. What we're actually talking about here is Comedy Central Records (CCR), the label arm of the Viacom/MTV Networks channel of the same ...

PR Newswire (press release)

PR Newswire (press release)
Tue, 08 Dec 2015 10:00:00 -0800

Vaughn was the creator of Comedy Central Records, the Grammy Award-winning record label that was home to comedians such as Mitch Hedberg, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Dane Cook, Kevin Hart, Lewis Black, Daniel Tosh, and Denis Leary among many ...

The Interrobang

The Interrobang
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:12:08 -0800

Then Sean told me that his new album, Manual Labor Face was on Comedy Central Records and is also available on i-Tunes and Spotify. He taped it in Madison Wisconsin at Comedy On State and I asked him why he chose that place. He said he had never ...

The Interrobang

The Interrobang
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:49:19 -0800

... strict policy about interrupting the show. Also on the Juice show was Janeane Garofalo, and Michelle Buteau who told me she had a new album called Shut Up that came out recently and that she taped at Union Hall in Brooklyn for Comedy Central Records!


Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:14:14 -0800

Vaughn also was the creator of Comedy Central Records, home to comedians such as Mitch Hedberg, Amy Schumer, and Jim Gaffigan. -- Ocean MacAdams, formerly of MSG Networks and MTV, joined GoPro as vp of original productions. -- Capitol Music ...

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