Chris Distefano is expanding his relationship with Comedy Central, signing a comprehensive overall deal with exclusive on- and off-camera services, as well as a first look at content created/developed for any platform. The pact encompasses several projects already in development, including a new hour-long stand-up special, an animated series, an unscripted series, and the continuation of Comedy Central’s Friday night interstitial series Stupid Questions with Chris Distefano.
“Chris strikes the perfect balance of Brooklyn-born edge and nice-guy charm,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, EVPs and Co-Heads of Talent and Development, Comedy Central. “He’s razor-sharp, magnetic, and relatable — key to success on all platforms — so we couldn’t be more excited to enter into this deal with him.”
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External to the deal, upcoming Distefano/Comedy Central projects already in development include a weekly podcast greenlit straight to series, as part of an expansion of Comedy Central’s Global Podcast Network, and the previously announced one-hour stand-up special Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist, which premieres January 18. Distefano is also a popular guest on Comedy Central’s topical Friday-night stand-up series This Week at the Comedy Cellar, which airs at 11 PM ET/PT.
Premiere dates and details about projects in development under the terms of the overall deal will be announced at a later date.
New York-based Distefano can be seen starring in IFC series Benders, co-hosting Ultimate Beastmaster on Netflix, on his web series Bay Ridge Boys, and in the upcoming Amazon pilot Making Friends. Distefano has appeared on MTV’s Guy Code and Girl Code, as well as truTV’s Comedy Knockout. He starred in and co-executive produced the Sony/CBS pilot Distefano, based on his life and written by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, the creators of How I Met Your Mother. Distefano has performed stand-up on Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC, Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, and The Half Hour on Comedy Central. He was a New Face at the 2013 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, and can be seen performing almost every weekend at major clubs across the country. He’s repped by Authentic, UTA, and Cohen Gardner.
“I couldn’t be happier and more excited to be working with Comedy Central! They are truly like family to me,” said Distefano. “I am honored at the opportunity they’ve given me and I can’t wait to bring these new projects to life! #ChrissyCentral.”
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