Rap mogul Russell Simmons and comedian JB Smoove have teamed up with television network Comedy Central to air a special “Stand-Up at The El Rey” series this summer.
The premise of the show will center on three stand-up comedians.
Smoove takes to the stage to host this stand-up series with a hip hop vibe. Smoove kicks off each episode, then introduces three comedians, each of whom brings a unique, fresh viewpoint to the stage. The debonair DJ Cassidy spins fresh, original tracks for the crowd in each episode as well. (Press Release)
Details on the first episode, set to air next weekend, have been released online.
The series premiere of “Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at The El Rey” features Smoove warning of “raggedy a**” clubs, Tony Roberts on Danny Glover‘s female lookalike, Dante Nero on why he’d be a hit with Mesopotamian women and more. The second episode, airing immediately after the premiere, keeps it going with comedians Mike Vecchione, Calise Hawkins and JJ Williamson. This season also showcases comedians Kurt Metzger, Smokey Suarez, Fahim Anwar, Ray Lipowski, Felipe Esparza, Lil Rel and Rachel Feinstein. (Yahoo News)
Comedy Central Senior Vice President of Specials Elizabeth Porter recently shared her reaction to working with Simmons.
“We’ve been trying to get into business with Russell and Stan for a while now and this new stand-up series is an exciting first venture for us to partner with them,” she said. “As someone who was a huge fan of Def Comedy Jam, working alongside these two incredible visionaries on this series has been nothing short of amazing.” (Statement)
Aside from jokes, Simmons recently talked about releasing a new video game, Rapstar.
Russell Simmons is back in the rap game, well the game part anyway. Russell Simmons, Def Jam co-founder, talks about the company’s new karaoke video game ‘Rapstar.’ You can be Kanye West or Method Man, pick your favorite def-jam rock-star. Not your typical Karaoke game as Simmons explains this one is way more sophisticated. Rapstar takes it to another level, you can be Kanye West or Jamie Foxx as you sing along. Rapstar is definitely one of those games you have to get. Take a lok at a quick demo. (Global Grind)
The show debuts with a special hour-long block of episodes on Sunday, July 11 at 11:00 p.m.
Check out footage from the show below:
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