Lewis Black’s upcoming special, “Lewis Black: Old Yeller – Live at the Borgata,” will become the first ever, live comedy event that will premiere simultaneously on Pay-Per-View (PPV) and Video On Demand (VOD), and on July 30, a release date was announced for it. According to a press release e-mail, Image Entertainment will debut the performance on multiple platforms on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 9: 30 p.m. EDT. The special will air in both HD and SD, and replays will follow.
Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish, Cablevision, Charter Communications, AT&T U-Verse, and Verizon FiOS are just a few of the platforms that will be carrying the special.
Image Entertainment Chief Acquisition Officer Bill Bromiley made the announcement.
“We are proud to be the first to debut this groundbreaking comedy special simultaneously live on all cable and satellite providers,” Bromiley said in the e-mail. “Audiences will have even more of an opportunity to see for themselves the genius of Lewis’ comedy.”
Jim Gosnell, president and CEO of APA, said the event will “revolutionize the way audiences see live comedy, and there’s no doubt comedians will follow in its footsteps.”
“We are excited to be a part of this comedy special that will utilize a largely untapped mode of distribution for standup,” Gosnell said.
Known for his standup comedy and his “Back in Black” segment on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Black has also appeared in several movies, including “Man of the Year” with Robin Williams; “Jacob’s Ladder” with Tim Robbins; and “Accepted” with Justin Long and Jonah Hill.
Below is a description of the upcoming special, courtesy of Image Entertainment:
“In his ninth comedy special, Lewis Black tears into a country that is going nowhere at the speed of light. ‘Old Yeller’ weaves the riotous tale of a country that is so strung out on ADD that it can’t see straight. In his rabid attack, Mr. Black even turns on himself—and his entire generation. From cable television to the computer, from Facebook to Twitter, Mr. Black rages about the prison we’ve insanely created for ourselves. He snarls at the country’s failure to find alternative energy sources while creating cell phones out of the realm of science fiction. He mauls our nation’s leaders for their laughably inept handling of social security and health care—and failing to provide help on any level whatsoever. As Mr. Black puts it, ‘What are you going to do when the Democrats are dumb, the Republicans are stupid, and the Tea Party doesn’t even know what day it is?’ He takes what makes us crazy and makes it funny. It’s a night of live comedy you won’t forget. . . ‘but if you do, it’s probably because you’re taking a drug that lowers your cholesterol,’ he adds.”