It’s been nearly a year since Comedy Central first announced their 2018 crop of half-hour specials, and today we finally have release dates for the eight new episodes. The network has changed the name of the series to “Comedy Central Stand Up Presents…,” but the premise of the show remains the same: identifying and amplifying the network’s future stars, and giving them a half hour to showcase their comedy.
The Comedy Central half-hour specials have been both an important career milestone for stand-up comedians. The weekly series is a vital springboard in the network’s talent-development pipeline for stand-up and scripted projects on all platforms.
This is the second season of the series as “Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents…” and the third season of half-hour specials filmed at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans. Last year, Season 1 of Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents… were filmed there, as was Season 5 of The Half Hour. Leading up to on-air premieres, talent will be featured on Comedy Central Central’s digital series “Every Damn Day” and “You Didn’t Want to Know,” as well as radio takeovers on Comedy Central Radio (SiriusXM Channel 95). Fans and can tweet about the series using the hashtag #CCSUP.
The half-hour specials will air two at a time starting September 28th at 11 pm, concluding with a single episode on Friday, October 26th.
Langston Kerman is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, actor and writer originally from Oak Park, IL. Kerman has appeared on Insecure, Adam Devine’s House Party, High Maintenance, Strangers and Comedy Bang! Bang! and was a part of Chris Rock’s writing staff for the 2016 Oscars. He also wrote for Problematic With Moshe Kasher. In 2015 Kerman was honored as a New Face at JFL and chosen as a finalist for the StandUp NBC diversity showcase at the Hollywood Improv.
Megan Gailey has performed on Conan, @midnight with Chris Hardwick and Adam Devine’s House Party and was one of the 2015 New Faces showcased at JFL. a featured performer at SXSW, and Bridgetown Comedy Festival. She was a writer for the 2017 ESPYS and has been featured in Chicago Magazine and Marie Claire magazine for her comedic risk-taking and amazing dresses.
Devin Field is originally from Seattle and started doing stand-up at his high school’s open mic nights, against everyone’s wishes. He is currently a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, with previous writing credits including Workaholics and Billy On The Street. His stand-up has been featured on Adam Devine’s House Party, and performs regularly at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles.
Emmy Blotnick is a stand-up comedian, actress and writer based in New York. Credits include Head Writer for The President Show, as well as writing for the Independent Spirit Awards, the Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe, Not Safe with Nikki Glaser and @midnight with Chris Hardwick. She has been one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch” and Time Out’s “Women of Comedy.”
Ryan O’Flanagan is a comedian, actor, and writer who can be seen in the new Netflix series American Vandal and in Comedy Central’s Corporate. In 2017, Ryan produced his popular Overly Excited Tourist web series for Funny or Die. His sketch group, Dead Kevin, has been featured on Tosh.0 and cc.com, and was an LA Weekly “Top Comedy Act to Watch” in 2013. He has appeared on New Girl, Adam Devine’s House Party, and Last Call with Carson Daly, and has voiced for American Dad.
Chris Garcia is an LA based comedian and writer via San Francisco Bay Area, where he was named a “Comic To Watch” by the San Jose Mercury News, “One of the 7 Funniest People in San Francisco” by 7×7 Magazine, and “a Rising Comedic Star” by SF Weekly. Chris has appeared on Adam Devine’s House Party, @midnight with Chris Hardwick, and This Is Not Happening, and he can be heard on episodes of This American Life, WTF and 2 Dope Queens. In 2016, Chris was chosen as a New Face at JFL and sold his autobiographical pilot “Broken English” to FOX.
Tim Dillon is a New York-based comic recently named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 Comedians You Need to Know. He was a breakout at the 2016 JFL New Faces show, and won the title of New York’s Funniest at the 2016 NY Comedy Festival, where he also headlined three sellout shows on a double decker tour bus. Tim has been featured on The Chris Gethard Show, Last Comic Standing, Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Knockout, WYFD with Big Jay Oakerson.
Sarah Tiana is a stand-up comedian and writer living in Los Angeles. She writes for the ESPY Awards, contributes to Rob Riggle’s recurring pro-football segments on FOX, and recently appeared as a panelist on Garbage Time with Katie Nolan. In 2016, she finished second place in the first season of Jeff Ross Presents: Roast Battle on Comedy Central and starred in a comedy talk show pilot for TruTV. She appeared regularly on @midnight and as a panel member on Chelsea Lately before becoming a regular/writer on The Josh Wolf Show for CMT. She later wrote for The Burn with Jeff Ross and hosted red-carpet programming for the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber and the CMA’s.
Mike Lawrence is an Emmy®-nominated and WGA award-winning writer who has appeared on @midnight with Chris Hardwick, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, This is Not Happening, and Jeff Ross Presents: Roast Battle, of which he was the champion of season one.