The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Sirius XM Radio, Comedy Central teaming up to create comedy channel showcasing stand-up comics

  • Print

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sirius XM Radio and Comedy Central are teaming up to create a new channel on the satellite radio service devoted to showcasing the television network's stable of stand-up comics.

The companies said Tuesday that they are hoping to launch the channel this spring, preferably around April Fools' Day. Sirius already has eight channels devoted to comedy, including Laugh USA, Blue Collar Comedy, Raw Dog Comedy and Jamie Foxx's Foxxhole.

For Comedy Central, the radio channel is part of the company's effort to spread its brand outside of television. The network offers package concert tours with comedians and regularly sponsors shows at prominent comedy clubs, said Mitch Fried, executive vice-president of enterprises at Comedy Central.

"What the network is able to do is surround the consumer in other parts of their life besides sitting and watching television," he said.

Currently, there are no plans to include some of Comedy Central's biggest names, like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and the team behind "South Park," Fried said. Their programs are more visual and don't translate as well to radio as the stand-up comics, he said.

Sirius XM "would be crazy to say they wouldn't want" Colbert or Stewart, said Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer. But he's excited about tapping into some 30,000 minutes of stand-up comedy that the television network has in its vault.

He said the Comedy Central channel should work well with the existing comedy channels on the subscription service, perhaps providing some cross-promotional opportunities.

Besides making use of the stand-up material in Comedy Central's vaults for various programs, the channel could also bring in comics as guest hosts or broadcast live material from venues like the New York Comedy Festival, Fried said.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Dustin Byfuglien reflects on season

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A Great Horned Owl that was caught up in some soccer nets in Shamrock Park in Southdale on November 16th was rehabilitated and returned to the the city park behind Shamrock School and released this afternoon. Sequence of the release. December 4, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
  • Carolyn Kavanagh(10) had this large dragonfly land on her while spending time at Winnetka Lake, Ontario. photo by Andrea Kavanagh (mom0 show us your summer winnipeg free press

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you think Manitoba needs stronger regulations for temporary workers?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google