COMEDY CARNIVALE with Whitney Cummings, Jerrod Carmichael, Barry Rothbart, and Sean Donnelly
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Whitney Cummings is a Los Angeles based comedian, actor, writer and producer
Cummings is executive producer and, along with Michael Patrick King, co-creator of the Emmy nominated CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls, which was recently picked up for a fifth season. She also wrote, produced and starred in Whitney, which aired on NBC from 2011 to 2013. Cummings is also creating, writing, and starring in a new half-hour pilot ordered by HBO this year.
She appeared in the 2014 summer tour Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, co-headlining with comics Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Louis C.K., and others.
Her second one-hour stand-up special, Whitney Cummings: I Love You, debuted on Comedy Central in June 2014 and she is shooting a third hour for HBO this August set to air in 2016
Cummings appeared regularly on E!’s, Chelsea Lately, as well as Comedy Central’s Roast series. Her first one-hour stand up special, Money Shot, premiered on Comedy Central in August 2010 and was nominated for an American Comedy Award later that year.
Jerrod Carmichael is an LA based standup and performer originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has been crafting his standup for over three years and this year was featured in Variety as being one of the top ten comics to watch, as well as being one of the New Faces at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.
Jerrod is a regular around some of LA’s favorite standup shows, including Meltdown, The Improv, Laugh Factory and many alternative rooms.
Comedian Jerrod Carmichael is getting his very first standup special, and it's going to be a big one: an hour-long special for HBO. The untitled special will be taped May 7th, 2014 at The Comedy Store, and it will air later this year. Carmichael's HBO hour is being produced by Funny Or Die and directed by Spike Lee. This will be only the second standup special Spike Lee has directed, following the 2000 standup concert film The Original Kings of Comedy.
In an interview with us back in 2012, Carmichael discussed plans to do a special:
"I have an idea [for a special]. I think it's a good idea. It's very specific to me … If you do a special, you want to do it not just to do a special. You want to do it because you have something to say, and you think it can be impactful. So, what I want to say is coming out more, and I'm excited about that."
It's very rare for HBO to give an hour special to a comedian as new as Carmichael, who, although he's been doing standup since 2008, has never done a set on TV. Most comedians start with late night spots or a half-hour Comedy Central special, so Carmichael getting an hour on HBO, which is a prestigious and sought-after gig in the industry, as his first televised performance says a lot about how much faith HBO has in him.
Carmichael, who ranked first in a 2013 poll we conducted amongst LA bookers and hosts to determine their favorite up and coming standups, has appeared on Fox's The Goodwin Games, the upcoming movie Neighbors, and created and starred in a sitcom pilot that's currently in development at NBC.
Barry Rothbart is one of the young rising stars in comedy today, appearing recently on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, starring in the new season of MTV’s “Punk’d” and landing a role as “Ben” on TNT’s “Men of A Certain Age”. He also co-wrote and starred in the IFC Channel show “Do Whatever”, as well as a series of national commercials including: Taco Bell, Honda and Miller Light. He was also named a “New Face” and “Best of the Fest” performer at the 2011 Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Fest. In addition to stand up he has performed sketch and Improv for several years at the UCB Theater in NY and LA and a one-man character show in 2010. As a writer/director, in addition to several shorts, he has recently completed shooting on his first feature length film entitled “Hungry”.
When he's not catching a nap with his bulldog, Rickles, Sean can be found headlining clubs all over New York, including Caroline's, Gotham, Stand Up NY, and The Stand. He has appeared on MTV's "World of Jenks" and "The Late Show with David Letterman." Sean was a Comic Stand-Off finalist at the 2010 Magners Comedy Festival, performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in 2011 and 2012, was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Boston Comedy Festival competition, and performed at Comedy Central's 2013 South Beach Comedy Festival. Sean was a Montreal Just for Laughs "New Face" in 2013. He co-hosts the podcast "My Dumb Friends" with fellow comedian Dan St. Germain and hosts a weekly show at Alligator Lounge in Brooklyn. Sean can be seen regularly on the TruTV series "World's Dumbest" and on the first season of "Adam Devine's House Party" on Comedy Central.
Sheena Metal's name has become synonymous with Los Angeles radio for the better part of twenty years. She currently hosts four shows for LA Talk Radio, including her top-rated afternoon drive show, “The Sheena Metal Experience”, which was just named one of the Frontier 50 by Talkers Magazine. Previously, she helmed five shows for KLSX (when it was 97.1 The FM Talk Station with Howard Stern in the mornings) one of which received a comprehensive feature in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Calendar. In addition, Metal was interviewed and quoted in Michael C. Keith’s “Sounds in the Dark”, currently in publication with a forward by radio monarch, Larry King.
Known for her biting sense of humor, Metal has appeared as: a comedic commentator on “National Inquirer TV”, a guest sous-chef on the reality cooking show, “Dish It Out!”, part of a dancing engagement party for Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Real Life: The Musical” and was the annual host of the All Access Music Awards. She has headlined two long-running stand-up comedy nights at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood (“Sheena Metal’s Midnight Madness” and “Inside the Girl’s Locker Room”); the latter of which was an all-girl laugh in praised by the LA Times. In 2014, Sheena returns to the comedy clubs for a series of edgy variety nights called, "Comedy Carnivale" at the Hollywood Improv.