Conan O’Brien‘s Team Coco is set to launch a new comedy label this summer, beginning with the release of the debut stand-up album from comedian Ian Edwards, 100% Half Assed. The album was recorded at the La Jolla Comedy Store on March 8 and will be released in June. Team Coco says the concept for the new record label was born of a desire to help shine a spotlight on rising comedians while allowing them more creative control and a greater stake in the success of the release. Over the past 20 years, O’Brien has used his late-night franchise as a platform for launching groundbreaking stand-up comedy. Since debuting in 2010 on TBS, Conan reps say their show has featured more performances from stand-up comedians than any other late-night program on TV. In addition to inviting comics to perform on Conan, Team Coco has produced comedy specials like Team Coco Presents: The Conan Writers Live and has spotlighted some of the show’s favorite comedians on Conan After Hours, hosted by Pete Holmes.
Edwards’ unique perspective and ability to blend stand-up and sketch comedy in his performances make him the perfect choice to launch the Team Coco comedy label, the group said. He is currently is writing and working on CBS’ Two Broke Girls and recently launched his own podcast, Soccer Comic Rant, on the podcast network All Things Comedy. Last year, Edwards wrote and served as a supervising producer on Season 3 of Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite; appeared in the Jeff Garlin feature Dealing With Idiots opposite JB Smoove; shot a guest-starring role on Comedy Central’s Trip Tank, to air later this year; performed on Conan; and was profiled in a video piece on NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly. In previous years, Edwards wrote for shows such as Saturday Night Live and Cartoon Network’s The Boondocks, was a regular cast member on Season 6 of MTV’s Punk’d and performed stand-up on shows such as BBC’s The World Stands Up, HBO’s Bad Boys Of Comedy and The Comedy Death Ray album.