Russell Simmons, you sly old dog, you’ve done it again. But this time, what he’s done isn’t some hot, edgy rap beat; instead, the end product of Simmons’ tireless effort to bring hip-hop to the ‘burbs is an urban-themed stand-up show, slated to debut on Comedy Central at some point this year.
The show, to be produced by Simmons and Stan Lathan, will feature JB Smoove of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame as the host and will spotlight a wide range of multicultural, diverse comedians.
“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,” said Elizabeth Porter, senior vice president, specials and talent at Comedy Central. “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. With JB Smoove as our front man and all the fresh faces that Russell and Stan have discovered for the show, we’ll be giving our viewers something really awesome each week.”