Comedy Central does much more than broadcast funny shows — it takes humor to wherever its fans might want to watch and laugh, whether that’s on TV, online, on mobile or sprawled out on a blanket in the park. Drawing a max-capacity 5,500 people, Comedy Central’s “CC Park: Stars Under the Stars,” set a new attendance record at Central Park’s SummerStage for the 4th year in a row. The free outdoor show offered fans of stand-up comedy the opportunity to see talent from their favorite Comedy Central franchises — including stars of Workaholics, Inside Amy Schumer and The Burn — perform in a unique and magical atmosphere.
“Stand-up comedy is in the DNA of Comedy Central and we know that for fans of comedy there is nothing quite like the experience of a live comedy performance,” said Mitch Fried, EVP, Enterprises for Comedy Central. “Through partnering with stars from the brand’s popular franchises for our annual Central Park event, we can bring this comedic art form to our fans in a direct live manner and in a setting unlike any other. And for those that can’t be in attendance, we can then extend the experience via our multi-platform distribution points so that millions of our viewers, web visitors and radio listeners can feel that they also participated in the event.”
You’ll need to see the clips for yourself, but here’s a taste of the evening…
- Gabriel Iglesias (a top touring comedian and fan favorite through his Comedy Central series “Stand-Up Revolution”) graciously hosted the event, shouting out to the audience members perched on the rocks all the way in the back of the park because the lawn spots were all taken. He gave an informative lesson on different types of Latinos, and how they can be distinguished by manner of speaking Spanish and beverage choices.
- Dan Soder warmed up the thousands filling out the at-capacity event. A newer name to some, he won over the crowd’s laughter.
- Adam Devine emerged on stage with a fratty cup of beer and said “Let’s have the best time of our life tonight.” He quickly followed with a bit about how depressing that would be, if a standup comedy show was the best time of our life. But it really was a special night.
- As for John Mulaney… it’s just no wonder that the NY Times asked whether he might be the Jerry Seinfeld of his generation.
- Jeff Ross invited 10 audience members up to the stage with him for an impromptu “speed roast.” If I hadn’t been seated next to a group urging their friend to rush up to get included on stage for the roast, I’d have thought this roast was rehearsed, or that the motley crew ten-some was pre-picked, at least, but I guess Ross is just that on-point. After, he performed a song (vocals and guitar) for the audience. As raw as his comedy can be, Ross’s humanity was apparent in how he hugged his young fans during/after the roast, and in how he talked about the guitar that a kindred stranger had replaced after he had lost it on a plane, flying home from college after his dad passed away.
- Amy Schumer brought the evening home with that trademark impeccable delivery of hers. She scored laughs all around the park, from males and females alike.