EPIX DEMONSTRATES ITS COMMITMENT TO PREMIUM STAND UP COMEDY WITH THE PREMIERES OF ‘WHAT HAPPENED… MS. SYKES?’ AND ‘TOM PAPA: HUMAN MULE’

EPIX DEMONSTRATES ITS COMMITMENT TO PREMIUM STAND UP COMEDY WITH THE PREMIERES OF

WHAT HAPPENED… MS. SYKES?‘ AND ‘TOM PAPA: HUMAN MULE

‘What Happened…Ms. Sykes?’ to Premiere Friday, October 21 at 10pm ET/PT, 9pm CT

‘Tom Papa: Human Mule’ to Premiere Friday, December 9 at 8pm ET/PT, 7pm CT

LOS ANGELES, CA  – July 30, 2016 – Premium TV network EPIX®, while conducting its first Television Critics Tour (TCA) presentation, reinforced its long-standing commitment to premium stand up comedy with upcoming specials from Wanda Sykes and Tom Papa. What Happened…Ms. Sykes? – Sykes’ first stand-up performance for the network – makes its World Television Premiere on EPIX on Friday, October 21 at 10pm ET/PT, 9pm CT. Tom Papa: Human Mule Papa’s second stand-up performance for the network will make its World Television Premiere on EPIX on Friday, December 9 at 8pm ET/PT, 7pm CT.

What Happened…Ms. Sykes? was filmed in May 2016 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The special will focus on Wanda’s life, family, race and politics as she questions, “How Did I Get Here?”

Tom Papa: Human Mule was filmed in July 2016 at the Hanna Theater at the Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio. Papa returned to one of his favorite cities to showcase a hilarious fresh take on some themes he is best known for including family life, the difficulties of being a person, and the challenges of life in our country today.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #WhatHappened for What Happened…Ms. Sykes? And with #HumanMule for Tom Papa: Human Mule.

What Happened…Ms. Sykes? is an EPIX Original Comedy Event produced by Push It Productions’ Page Hurwitz and Wanda Sykes, and directed by Liz Patrick. Ross Bernard is the executive producer for EPIX, Valerie Bishop is the producer for EPIX and Rachèle “Rocky” Benloulou-Dubin is the consulting producer for EPIX.

Tom Papa: Human Mule is an EPIX Original Comedy Event produced by Comedy Dynamics, directed by Jay Chapman and written and performed by Tom Papa. Brian Volk-Weiss, Cisco Henson, Tom Papa, Dave Becky, and Josh Lieberman are the executive producers. Ross Bernard is the executive producer for EPIX and Valerie Bishop Pearson is the producer for EPIX.

For photos and more information about EPIX programming visit: http://press.epixhd.com.

EPIX has long been recognized for its all-star roster of stand-up specials. Previous featured headliners have included: Russell Brand, Craig Ferguson, Michael Ian Black, Marc Maron, Lewis Black, Patton Oswalt, Louis C.K., Jenny McCarthy, Dennis Miller, Sherri Shepherd, Eddie Izzard, Jim Norton, Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Breuer and Jim Jefferies. EPIX’s commitment to the craft of comedy also includes the EPIX Original Documentary “The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall,” a revealing special that brings together the biggest names in comedy to tell the inside story of America’s first comedy club.

 

Media Contacts:

EPIX

Marlea Willis – [email protected] / 212.846.6748

Emily Spitale – [email protected] / 347.281.0843

 

THE LIPPIN GROUP

Katie Fuchs – [email protected]/ 212.986.7080

Elina Adut – [email protected] / 323.965.1990

 

About EPIX

EPIX is a premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases and biggest classic film franchises, plus original programming including series, documentaries, comedy and music specials – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android phones and tablets, and Roku® players. EPIX is also available across Chromecast, Apple® iPhones® and iPads®, Android TV and more and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc., its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+EPIX), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX) and Vine (https://vine.co/EPIX).

 

 

TOM PAPA LETS THE LOAD OFF HIS BACK IN HIS LATEST EPIX COMEDY SPECIAL “TOM PAPA: HUMAN MULE”

Tom Papa - Photo Credit Dan Dion 

TOM PAPA LETS THE LOAD OFF HIS BACK IN HIS LATEST EPIX COMEDY SPECIAL

“TOM PAPA: HUMAN MULE”

 World Television Premiere Friday, December 9, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT, 7C

 

NEW YORK, NY – July 11, 2016 – Premium TV Network EPIX® announced today that it will showcase the bold comedic musings of Tom Papa in his new stand-up special Tom Papa: Human Mule. A regular on Late Night TV, Papa tours theaters internationally, is host of the hit podcast and Sirius XM show, Come to Papa, and has been seen in numerous TV and film roles. The EPIX Original Comedy Event Tom Papa: Human Mule will make its World Television Premiere on EPIX on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT, 7C.

Tom Papa: Human Mule is a one hour comedy special that was filmed at the Hanna Theater at the Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio on July 9, 2016. Papa returned to one of his favorite cities to showcase a hilarious fresh take on some of his favorite themes including family life, the difficulties of being a person, and the challenges of life in our country today. Join the conversation about Tom Papa: Human Mule on Twitter with #HumanMule.

“I’m really excited to do another special with EPIX,” said Tom Papa.  “They’ve been a great partner and like me so much that they’re even willing to shoot this one in Cleveland.”

“Tom Papa’s humor lends insight on thoughts we’ve all had, but may not have dared to express,” said Mark S. Greenberg, President & CEO of EPIX. “I am excited to hear about Papa’s latest antics and the hilarity that ensues in what will mark his second special with the network. EPIX comedy specials are one of our most popular genres, and there is no doubt that Papa’s special will contribute, once again, to the high-quality collection. ”

Tom Papa: Human Mule is Papa’s second EPIX comedy special. Tom Papa: Freaked Out, directed by Rob Zombie, premiered on the network in 2013.

With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country and has found success in film, television and radio as well as on the live stage. On the small screen, Papa was seen alongside Clive Owen in two episodes of The Knick, he co-starred with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Behind The Candelabra, and he guest starred on The Jim Gaffigan Show and Inside Amy Schumer. He was seen in Chris Rock’s film, Top Five, he starred opposite Matt Damon in the Steven Soderbergh film, The Informant, and he appeared in Analyze That opposite Robert DeNiro.

Tom Papa: Human Mule is an EPIX Original Comedy Event produced by Comedy Dynamics, directed by Jay Chapman and written and performed by Tom Papa.  Brian Volk-Weiss, Cisco Henson, Tom Papa, Dave Becky, and Josh Lieberman are the executive producers. Ross Bernard is the executive producer for EPIX and Valerie Bishop Pearson is the producer for EPIX.

For photos and more information about EPIX programming visit: http://press.epixhd.com.

EPIX is known for its all-star roster of stand-up specials. Previous featured headliners include: Russell Brand, Craig Ferguson, Michael Ian Black, Marc Maron, Wanda Sykes, Lewis Black, Patton Oswalt, Louis C.K., Jenny McCarthy, Dennis Miller, Sherri Shepherd, Eddie Izzard, Jim Norton, Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Breuer and Jim Jefferies. EPIX’s commitment to the craft of comedy also includes the EPIX Original Documentary “The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall,” a revealing special that brings together the biggest names in comedy to tell the inside story of America’s first comedy club.

 

Media Contacts:

EPIX: Marlea Willis / [email protected] / 212.846.6748

THE LIPPIN GROUP: Katie Fuchs / [email protected] / 212.986.7080

 

About Comedy Dynamics

Comedy Dynamics is the largest independent stand-up comedy production company in North America, producing amongst other things, Join Or Die with Craig Ferguson, MTV2’s Wild ‘N On Tour, Coming To The Stage, and has worked with a wide-range of established and emerging comedic talent including Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Katt Williams and many more. Eight albums produced between 2013-2015 have been Grammy-nominated, one of which, Louis C.K. Live At Madison Square Garden, won Best Comedy Album in 2016.

 

About EPIX

EPIX is a premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases and biggest classic film franchises, plus original programming including series, documentaries, comedy and music specials – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android phones and tablets, and Roku® players. EPIX is also available across Chromecast, Apple® iPhones® and iPads®, Android TV and more and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc., its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+EPIX), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX) and Vine (https://vine.co/EPIX).

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EPIX MAKES AUDIENCES LAUGH WITH “SERIOUS ABOUT STAND UP COMEDY WEEK” – AN EPIX ORIGINAL COMEDY SPECIAL EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK JUNE 16 THROUGH JUNE 22

MEDIA ALERT

EPIX MAKES AUDIENCES LAUGH WITH

“SERIOUS ABOUT STAND UP COMEDY WEEK”

 

An EPIX Original Comedy Special Every Night Of The Week

June 16 through June 22

 

NEW YORK, NY MAY 21, 2014 – Laugh it up every night from Monday, June 16 – Sunday, June 22 with a week-long festival of EPIX Original Comedy specials. “Serious About Stand Up Comedy Week” showcases a line-up of today’s leading stand up comics. See them the way they were meant to be seen- uncut and uncensored.

 

 “SERIOUS ABOUT STAND UP COMEDY WEEK” Full Schedule– all times EASTERN

Monday, June 16at 11:45 PM – Tom Papa: Freaked Out

 Tuesday, June 17 at 11:45 PM – Jim Breuer: And Laughter For All-

Wednesday, June 18at 12 AM – Dennis Miller: America 180°

Thursday, June 19at 12 AM – Jim Jefferies: Fully Functional

Friday, June 20at 12 AM – Lewis Black: Old Yeller- Live at the Borgata

Saturday, June 21at 12 AM – Jim Norton: American Degenerate

Sunday, June 22at 11:45 PM – Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty Sexy Funny

 

For photos visit http://press.epixhd.com/programming/serious-about-stand-up-comedy-week/

 

About EPIX

EPIX is the newest premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases, classic library titles, plus original films, comedy, music and sports events on TV, on demand, online and on devices.

For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com.

 

 

Media Contacts:

EPIX                                                     FRANK PR

Marlea Willis                                          Clare Anne Darragh,[email protected]

[email protected]                            Lina Plath, [email protected]

212.846.6748                                         646.861.0843

 

Danielle Ballinger

[email protected]

212.846.7966

6/27/13 EPIX “COMEDY UNBOUND” SUMMER SEASON CONTINUES WITH TOM PAPA: FREAKED OUT ON JULY 26 @ 10PM ET AND JIM NORTON: AMERICAN DEGENERATE ON AUGUST 23 @ 10PM ET

EPIX “COMEDY UNBOUND” SUMMER SEASON CONTINUES WITH
TOM PAPA: FREAKED OUT ON JULY 26 @ 10PM ET
AND
JIM NORTON: AMERICAN DEGENERATE ON AUGUST 23 @ 10PM ET

New York, June 27, 2013 — Premium TV network EPIX announced the continuation of the hilarious season of Comedy Unbound that began earlier this month. EPIX will premiere two brand new hour-long specials – Tom Papa: Freaked Out on July 26 and Jim Norton: American Degenerate on August 23. These new programs, along with the rest of the Comedy Unbound showcase, are available exclusively on EPIX, EPIX On Demand, EpixHD.com and EPIX apps across hundreds of devices including Xbox, PS3, Roku, iPads, iPhones and more.

Tom Papa: Freaked Out –Friday, July 26, 2013 at 10PM ET:
For his first EPIX comedy special, and his second hour-long special directed by Rocker/Director Rob Zombie, Tom Papa tackles the hazards of churches, loose change, old age, make-up, raising women, Chinese grocery stores, and magical gnomes. Known for his irreverent appearances on Leno, Letterman and Conan, and for hosting NBC’s “The Marriage Ref”, Papa stands out among his fellow comedians for his optimistic take on the mostly insane world he lives in.

Jim Norton: American Degenerate – Friday, August 23, 2013 at 10PM ET:
Triumphantly returning after his first EPIX comedy special, “Please Be Offended”, Jim Norton continues his self-deprecating humor in his third hour-long stand-up special. Shot in Boston in front of his most hard core fans, Norton leaves nothing embarrassing off the table, skewering a wide range of topics including politics, the media, and, of course, sex. Norton, a New York Times bestselling author, Tonight Show” regular, and the third mic on Sirius/XM’s popular “The Opie and Anthony Show,” performs with the knowledge that some of his remarks will no doubt inspire a wave of self-righteous online complaints by those who are easily offended.

For more information about Comedy Unbound, Tom Papa: Freaked Out, or Jim Norton: American Degenerate; and to obtain program artwork, go to www.press.epixhd.com. Follow the programs on Twitter @EpixHD (#EpixComedy).

The summer season of Comedy Unbound is a weekly showcase of hour-long comedy specials airing Fridays at 10PM ET featuring stand-up comedians Lewis Black, Jim Breuer, Jim Carrey, Stephen Colbert, Craig Ferguson, Bill Hader, Jim Jefferies, Rashida Jones, Seth Meyers, Chris Rock, Andy Samberg, Sherri Shepherd, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Smith, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, and Kristen Wiig.

About EPIX
EPIX® is the newest premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases, classic library titles, plus original films, comedy, music and sports events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched October 2009 as the first multiplatform premium network with online accessibility for subscribers through EpixHD.com, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of TV Everywhere for American consumers. EPIX was the first premium network to launch on Xbox 360®consoles, first on Android™ tablets and phones, first on Roku® players and soon to be the first to launch on PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system. EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads®, iPhones®, Kindle Fire tablets, Samsung® Smart TVs and Blu-ray™ players and more. Today EPIX remains the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up from new Hollywood hits to original programs on all platforms and provides more movies than any other premium network.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS.

For more information about EPIX, go to www.EpixHD.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/EpixHD.

 

Media Contacts:
EPIX                                                        FRANK PR
Marlea Willis                                           Clare Anne Darragh; [email protected]
[email protected]                                Lina Plath; [email protected]
212.846.6748                                         646.861.0843

5/2/13 ALL NEW EPIX COMEDY LINEUP BEGINS IN JUNE

 Summer Season of EPIX Comedy Unbound Premieres New Stand-up Specials Featuring

Jim Breuer, Sherri Shepherd, Tom Papa & Jim Norton

Special 50th Anniversary Celebration of the IMPROV Comedy Club will Include

Jim Carrey, Billy Crystal, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Larry David, Judd Apatow, Kathy Griffin and Whitney Cummings

New York, NY, May 2, 2013 – Premium TV network EPIX unveiled a new lineup of comedy specials including a new summer season of the Comedy Unbound showcase, Fridays at 10 pm and The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall, an anniversary celebration of the renowned comedy club to premiere fall 2013 exclusively on EPIX, EPIX On Demand, EpixHD.com and EPIX apps across hundreds of devices including Xbox, PS3, Roku, iPads, iPhones and more.

The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wallis a one hour special event from the 50th Anniversary Celebration Tour of the IMPROV Comedy Clubs which have presented the biggest, most legendary comedians as well as the newest names in comedy in 26 cities across the country. The IMPROV documentary special will feature Jim Carrey, Billy Crystal, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Larry David, Judd Apatow, Kathy Griffin, Whitney Cummings and more.  Executive producers are Budd Friedman, Mark Lonow and Spotted Dog Entertainment. The event is co-produced with Comedy Central, which will take a second window.

“We are proud to present the best in stand-up acts today and to work with great comedy institutions like the Improv,” said Mark Greenberg, EPIX President and CEO.

The new summer season of Comedy Unbound, airing Fridays at 10 pm, will kick off June 7 with the premiere of former “Saturday Night Live” funnyman Jim Breuer’s one-hour special and will include new specials from Sherri Shepherd, Tom Papa and Jim Norton:

 

Jim Breuer: And Laughter For All – June 7 @10PM ET:

Breuer, best known as “Goat Boy” and his spot on impersonation of “made man” Joe Pesci during his stint on “Saturday Night Live.” In “Jim Breuer: And Laughter For All,” he grapples with the absurdities and annoyances of finding himself a middle aged father of three in suburban New Jersey.  This is Breuer’s first ever stand-up comedy special for EPIX.

 

 

Sherri Shepherd: It’s My Time To Talk – June 21 @10PM ET:

The Emmy award-winning talk show co-host from ABC’s “The View” returns to her roots in stand-up comedy and ruminates on life in her new comedy special, “Sherri Shepherd: It’s My Time To Talk.”  She recounts the experience she had on “Dancing with the Stars” as well as the occasional awkward moments while doing Hot Topics on “The View,” among other off-beat revelations.

 

Tom Papa: Freaked Out – July 26 @10PM ET:

Known for his irreverent appearances on Leno, Letterman and Conan, and for hosting NBC’s “The Marriage Ref,” Papa stands out among his fellow comedians for his optimistic take on the mostly insane world he lives in.  For his first EPIX comedy special, and his second hour-long special directed by Rocker/Director Rob Zombie, Papa tackles the hazards of churches, loose change, old age, make-up, raising women, Chinese grocery stores and magical gnomes.

 

Jim Norton: American Degenerate – August 23 @10PM ET:

Triumphantly returning after his first EPIX comedy special, “Please Be Offended,” now airing on Comedy Central, Jim Norton continues his self-deprecating humor with his third hour standup special “Jim Norton: American Degenerate.” In his latest offering, Norton, a New York Times bestselling author, Tonight Show” regular, and the third micon Sirius/XM’s popular “The Opie and Anthony Show,” performs his unfiltered material “Jim Norton: American Degenerate” shot in Boston in front of his most hard core fans. Norton leaves nothing embarrassing off the table, skeweringa wide range of topics including politics, the media, and, of course, sex, with the knowledge that some of his remarks will no doubt inspire a wave of self-righteous online complaints by those who are easily offended.

 

Stills and key art from the specials can be found at press.epixhd.com.

About EPIX

EPIX® is the newest premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases, classic library titles, plus original films, comedy, music and sports events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched October 2009 as the first multiplatform premium network with online accessibility for subscribers through EpixHD.com, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of TV Everywhere for American consumers. EPIX was the first premium network to launch on Xbox 360®consoles, first on Android™ tablets and phones, first on Roku® players and first to launch in the U.S. on PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system. EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads®, iPhones®, Kindle Fire tablets, Samsung® Smart TVs and Blu-ray™ players and more. Today EPIX remains the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up from new Hollywood hits to original programs on all platforms and provides more movies than any other premium network.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS.

For more information about EPIX, go to www.EpixHD.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/EpixHD.

About the Improv

The Improv was founded in 1963 by Budd Friedman in a former New York City Vietnamese restaurant. Actor/Manager Mark Lonow joined Friedman as a full partner in 1979, since then and together they have franchised 26 Improv clubs across the U.S. Throughout 2013 the Improv clubs will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Many well-known comics started their careers at the Improv while others continue, over the years, to pop into the club to try out new material. The list is a Who’s Who of Comedy: Jay Leno, Bette Midler, Robin Williams, Lily Tomlin, Billy Crystal, Rosie O’Donnell, Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Liza Minnelli, Drew Carey, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, George Carlin. Older comics from earlier days who performed at the club included Sid Caeser, Milton Berle, Red Buttons and many others.  Improv clubs are presently located in Addison, Arlington and Houston, Texas; Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Tampa, Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Los Angeles, Ontario, San Jose, Irvine and Brea, California; Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, Nevada; as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Tempe, Arizona and soon in Boca Raton, Florida.

Contact:                                                                                              

EPIX                                                                       FRANK PR

Jamie Colunga                                                   Clare Anne Darragh; [email protected]

[email protected]                                   Lina Plath; [email protected]

(212) 846-1843                                                  (646) 861-0843