Lewis Black's Live Pay-Per-View, VOD Special OLD YELLER Set for Today
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has set the date for the Pay-Per-View (PPV) and Video On Demand (VOD) Mega Comedy Event Lewis BLACK: OLD YELLER - LIVE AT THE BORGATA. This will be the first ever live comedy special to air simultaneously on all cable, satellite and telco platforms including Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish, Cablevision, Charter Communications, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS and many others. The show premiers live today, August 24th at 9:30 PM EDT, followed by replays on those platforms. It is presented in both SD and HD.
In his ninth comedy special, Lewis Black tears into a country that is going nowhere at the SPEED of light. OLD YELLER weaves the riotous tale of a country that is so strung out on ADD that it can't see straight. In his rabid attack, Mr. Black even turns on himself-and his entire generation. From cable television to the computer, from Facebook to Twitter, Mr. Black rages about the prison we've insanely created for ourselves. He snarls at the country's failure to find alternative energy sources while creating cell phones out of the realm of science fiction. He mauls our nation's leaders for their laughably inept handling of social security and health care-and failing to provide help on any level whatsoever. As Mr. Black puts it, "What are you going to do when the Democrats are dumb, the Republicans are stupid and the Tea Party doesn't even know what day it is?" He takes what makes us crazy and makes it funny. It's a night of live comedy you won't forget. . . "but if you do, it's probably because you're taking a drug that lowers your cholesterol," he adds.
The announcement was made today by Image Entertainment's Chief Acquisition Officer, Bill Bromiley.
"We are proud to be the first to debut this groundbreaking comedy special simultaneously live on all cable and satellite providers," said Bromiley. "Audiences will have even more of an opportunity to see for themselves the genius of Lewis' comedy."
The deal was negotiated by Bromiley, Jonathan Saba, the executive in charge of production, and Michael Bayer on behalf of Image Entertainment and Jim Gosnell, President and CEO of APA, and Leon Dang on behalf of Lewis Black.
"We are excited to be a part of this comedy special that will utilize a largely untapped mode of distribution for standup," said Gosnell. "This event will revolutionize the way audiences see live comedy, and there's no doubt comedians will follow in its footsteps."
Receiving critical acclaim as a stand-up, actor and author, Lewis Black has performed for audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and The United States. In 2012, he performed eight sell-out shows at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.
Lewis got his first big break in comedy back in 1996 when he created the segment Back in Black for Comedy Central's The Daily Show. It became one of the most popular and longest running segments on the show and also created a long and successful relationship with the network. Since then, Lewis has taped four specials for the Comedy Central Presents series, co-created Last Laugh with Lewis Black, presided over Lewis Black's The Root of All Evil, and continues to perform Back in Black on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His popular appearances on Comedy Central helped to win him Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards in 2001.