Bounce TV, Uptown Comic, Family Time, Jonathan Katz, Joe Torry
Bounce TV (http://bouncetv.com), the nation's first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network for African Americans, will launch a second new original comedy series Uptown Comic on June 18 immediately after the series premiere of the just-announced sitcom Family Time, it was announced today by Bounce TV Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Katz.
Uptown Comic will be a half-hour series featuring stage and skit performances by some of the hottest up-and-coming comics in the country. The show is currently in production in front of a live studio audience at the longest-running African American Comedy Club in the U.S. - Uptown Comedy Corner in Atlanta. Actor and comedian Joe Torry (Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam) hosts.
Bounce TV just announced its first-ever original series Family Time - a half hour situation comedy created by Bentley Kyle Evans (The Jamie Foxx Show, Martin, Love That Girl) and produced by Evans and partner Trenten Gumbs. Family Time is set to launch Monday, June 18 at 8:00 p.m. The series premiere of Uptown Comic will follow and be seen weekly at 8:30 p.m. (All Times Eastern.)
"Uptown Comic is a fresh new showcase for the next generation of break-out stars, perfectly pairing with Family Time to build Monday nights as an original programming destination for Bounce TV," commented Katz. "The speed of Bounce TV's historic growth is only accelerated by the addition of more demo-specific original programming that entertains our viewers while driving value for our affiliates and advertising partners."
The series is being produced by Rainforest Films, producers of the current hit theatrical "Think Like a Man" one of the top-grossing films of 2012 to date. Rainforest co-founders Rob Hardy and Will Packer are executive producers of Uptown Comic and both men are among the executive leadership team of Bounce TV.
Ryan Glover, President of Bounce TV said, "Will and Rob have been intimately involved with Bounce TV since the beginning. Our network's meteoric rise and growth allows us to unleash their unmatched creativity in developing compelling and fresh new original content sooner than we planned."
"We envision Uptown Comic combining the best elements of Def Comedy Jam and In Living Color," said Packer, producer with Hardy of "Stomp The Yard," "Obsessed," "Takers," "Think Like A Man" and more. "We think the series is a great jumping off point as we develop and produce more content for Bounce TV."