Russell Simmons’ “All Def Comedy” To Air December
Russell Simmons is officially returning to HBO later this year for the all-new stand-up series ALL DEF COMEDY, kicking off its six-show season in December. The show continues the longstanding relationship between the network and Simmons, who launched the careers of a host of today’s comedy superstars in the ’90s with the original HBO series “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam.”
To be taped before a live audience Oct. 10 and 11 at the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles, the series will be hosted by Tony Rock (“All of Us,” “The Tony Rock Project,” “Apollo Live”), and feature stand-up performances in a variety of styles, spotlighting up-and-coming comics discovered at All Def Digital’s live weekly comedy showcase and special, and its online video platform to discover the best emerging comics, as well as “Def Comedy” veterans.
I have witnessed firsthand how the most cutting-edge, seemingly alternative comics become the driving forces in mainstream comedy. I’m thankful to HBO for allowing me to give these new voices access to mainstream audiences everywhere.
ALL DEF COMEDY will be executive produced by Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan, along with Chris Conti and Jeru Tillman; directed by Stan Lathan. The show will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.