EPIX today announced a new monthly comedy showcase "EPIX Comedy Unbound" kicking off with the EPIX Original Comedy Event Jim Norton: Please Be Offended on June 30. To air the last weekend of every month, "EPIX Comedy Unbound" builds off a base of EPIX alumni comedians who will return to the network with new specials, including Lewis Black and Kevin Smith, plus the addition of new comedians to the EPIX stage with specials from Jim Jefferies, Sherri Shepherd, and Eddie Griffin. High-profile comedy events will also be a part of the showcase, such as the annual All-Star Comedy Roundtable presented by Ben Stiller featuring Chris Rock and Jim Carrey, moderated by Bill Hader, taped live at the 2012 Nantucket Film Festival.
"Since the launch of the network, we have had great success with our original comedy specials with strong response and demand from our viewers across all platforms," said Mark Greenberg, CEO and President, EPIX. "We are deepening our commitment to comedy by featuring the best of today's stand-up comedians in our showcase and giving them free reign to push the envelope and bring our viewers uncensored comedy the way it was meant to be seen."
"My experience with EPIX has been unlike any other network. I've worked closely with the EPIX team throughout the entire process, including promotion, which is an incredibly rare luxury for a performer," said Jim Norton.
"EPIX is fantastic. They are all about comedy and do a great job finding out who has a nice following, who is liked on Twitter, and who is respected. There is a nice fraternity and sorority of comedians that EPIX has been building specials for and putting on the air," said Kevin Smith.
EPIX works with each comedian to increase accessibility and engage fans with interactive online chats via EPIX Live and live tweeting from the comedians during show premieres.
New specials in "EPIX Comedy Unbound":
Jim Norton: Please Be Offended - Premieres 6/30 at 10PM ET
In his first EPIX comedy special, comedian and bestselling author Jim Norton, a regular on Sirius/XM's "The Opie and Anthony Show" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," performs unfiltered and uncensored in front an audience of rabid fans in Cleveland, Ohio. Addressing such things as the increasing amount of privacy invasion, the hypocrisy of people who are appalled by this, and the oversensitivity of everyone about almost everything, Norton, in his self-deprecating style, proves that being offended can often be hilarious.
All-Star Comedy Roundtable presented by Ben Stiller with Jim Carrey and Chris Rock, moderated by Bill Hader
Ben Stiller brings together some of his favorite comedians and performers for a unique, spontaneous and very funny conversation in the 4th Annual All-Star Comedy Roundtable - with guests this year including Jim Carrey, Chris Rock and host Bill Hader. The event was shot live June 22 at the Nantucket Film Festival by Red Hour Films in association with Spotted Dog Entertainment for broadcast on the network.