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Netflix ‘Def Jam Comedy’ 25th Anniversary Special to Include Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan

Netflix ‘Def Jam Comedy’ 25th Anniversary Special to Include Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan
Netflix is set to run a new “Def Jam Comedy” special in honor of the 25th anniversary of the HBO stand up comedy series, the streaming giant announced Thursday.

The iconic show originally ran on HBO from 1992 to 1996. It was also revived in 2006. Produced by Russell Simmons, the show featured and helped the launch careers of comedians like Martin Lawrence, Cedric the Entertainer, and Sheryl Underwood to name a few.

The lineup for the anniversary special currently includes: Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Adele Givens, Eddie Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Kid Capri, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, Jb Smoove, Sommore, Joe Torry, Sheryl Underwood and Katt Williams.

Stan Lathan, Simmons, Sandy Wernick and Jesse Collins serve as executive producers. “Def Comedy Jam 25” will launch exclusively on Netflix this fall.

Watch the first teaser for “Def Comedy Jam 25” above.

The special is the latest in Netflix’s push
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Netflix to Bring Back ‘Def Comedy Jam’ for 25th Anniversary

  • The Wrap
Netflix to Bring Back ‘Def Comedy Jam’ for 25th Anniversary
Netflix is bringing back “Def Comedy Jam” for its 25th anniversary, the streaming service announced Thursday. The teaser introduces a number of big names that’ll be appearing, including Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Adele Givens, Eddie Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Kid Capri, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, Jb Smoove, Sommore, Joe Torry, Sheryl Underwood and Katt Williams. Netflix added that due to the big celebration, there will also be surprise guests, tributes and performances. Also Read: Jon Stewart Returns to HBO for First Stand-Up Special in 21 Years Stan Lathan,
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Netflix to Celebrate ‘Def Comedy Jam’ 25th Anniversary With New Special — Watch the Trailer

Netflix to Celebrate ‘Def Comedy Jam’ 25th Anniversary With New Special — Watch the Trailer
Even though HBO and Russell Simmons are back in business with a new comedy series, Simmons will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his old HBO show, “Def Comedy Jam,” at rival Netflix instead.

Netflix announced Thursday that it would premiere “Def Comedy Jam 25” this fall. Performers include Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Adele Givens, Eddie Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Kid Capri, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, Jb Smoove, Sommore and Joe Torry.

Russell SimmonsDef Comedy Jam” aired on HBO from 1992 to 1997 and briefly returned in 2006. The show helped turn some of the stand-ups mentioned above into stars. Simmons, Stan Lathan, Sandy Wernick and Jesse Collins are executive producers of “Def Comedy Jam 25.”

Netflix has been aggressive in the comedy space, aggressively acquiring an entire docket of stand-up specials.

Here’s a teaser trailer for the special:

The return of “Def Comedy Jam,
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Netflix to Celebrate ‘Def Comedy Jam’ 25th Anniversary With New Special — Watch the Trailer

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Netflix to Celebrate ‘Def Comedy Jam’ 25th Anniversary With New Special — Watch the Trailer
Even though HBO and Russell Simmons are back in business with a new comedy series, Simmons will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his old HBO show, “Def Comedy Jam,” at rival Netflix instead.

Netflix announced Thursday that it would premiere “Def Comedy Jam 25” this fall. Performers include Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Adele Givens, Eddie Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Kid Capri, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, Jb Smoove, Sommore and Joe Torry.

Russell SimmonsDef Comedy Jam” aired on HBO from 1992 to 1997 and briefly returned in 2006. The show helped turn some of the stand-ups mentioned above into stars. Simmons, Stan Lathan, Sandy Wernick and Jesse Collins are executive producers of “Def Comedy Jam 25.”

Netflix has been aggressive in the comedy space, aggressively acquiring an entire docket of stand-up specials.

Here’s a teaser trailer for the special:

The return of “Def Comedy Jam,
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Bill Cosby's Wife Camille Shows Up to Court for First Time as Defense Presents Their Case

Bill Cosby's Wife Camille Shows Up to Court for First Time as Defense Presents Their Case
Bill and Camille Cosby arrived arm-in-arm to the courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Monday morning.

Camille, 73, was all smiles as she escorted her husband into the government building. This is the first time Cosby's wife has been seen at the courthouse since the 79-year-old comedian's criminal trial began last week. The Cosby Show star is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in January 2004 at his mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. If convicted, Cosby could face up to 10 years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and has repeatedly denied similar claims from numerous other women.

More: Bill Cosby Faces Accuser Andrea Constand in Court During Sexual Assault Trial

Meanwhile in court, it was the defense's turn to present their case after the prosecution called up 12 witnesses -- including Constand who took the stand two days in a row -- before
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Bill Cosby Courted Disaster By Forcing Gay Issue with Andrea Constand in Sexual Assault Trial

  • TMZ
Bill Cosby arrived to the courthouse Friday with comedian Joe Torry by his side, oblivious to the fact he dodged a fatal bullet courtesy of his own lawyers. Cosby's attorneys had filed legal docs asking the judge to allow them to introduce evidence accuser Andrea Constand was gay. He bizarrely wanted to show the jury she deceived him ... suggesting he would not have had sex with her if he knew she was gay. The
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Bill Cosby Taunted by Woman Playing 'I Am Woman' As He Leaves Court (Video)

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_qtgli485"]] Bill Cosby was met by taunts, and a Helen Reddy classic, as he exited his sexual assault trial. One woman made sure Cosby heard her roar outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Pa ... as she blasted "I Am Woman" on speakers. Cosby calmly walked past with comedian Joe Torry on his arm. He never reacted visibly, but there's no doubt ... he had to hear the music and the jeers. Earlier Thursday, Cosby seemed very relaxed as he entered court.
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Where’s Camille? Bill Cosby’s Family a No-Show at His Trial So Far

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Where’s Camille? Bill Cosby’s Family a No-Show at His Trial So Far
Bill Cosby is in the middle of a trial for allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. He has been surrounded by supporters in court, but he has not been seen publicly with wife Camille since April and she has not been in the courtroom.

Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt has told People she plans to attend the trial, and she has remained supportive of her husband of more than 50 years before and after he was charged with sexual assault in 2014.

“She is going to come one day — I haven’t figured out which day yet,” Wyatt tells People.

“Camille is
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Bill Cosby Arrives at Court with Comedian Joe Torry, Actor Lewis Dix (Photo)

  • TMZ
Bill Cosby brought More celeb pals to court for day 4 of his sexual assault trial. Cosby walked in with comedian Joe Torry and actor Lewis Dix Jr. Thursday, and the pals seemed very relaxed, even jovial -- despite serious allegations against Cosby. Earlier this week, Cosby arrived at court locked arm-in-arm with Keshia Knight Pulliam ... and on Wednesday with another former co-star, Sheila Frazier. As we reported, the person who hasn't been by his side yet is his wife,
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Bounce TV Renews 'Uptown Comic,' Rodney Perry To Host Season 2 Of Original Comedy Series

I guess Joe Torry's out as host... Atlanta, Aug. 16, 2012 -- Bounce TV (www.bouncetv.com), the fastest growing African American network in television, will premiere the second season of its original comedy series Uptown Comic this fall with actor and comedian Rodney Perry (Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, Mo'Nique Show) as host, it was announced today by Bounce TV Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Katz. Uptown Comic is a half-hour series featuring stand-up performances by some of the hottest up-and-coming comics in the country. The show's second season will begin production in Atlanta this month. "Uptown Comic was an instant hit with Bounce TV...
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Bounce TV Renews 'Uptown Comic,' Rodney Perry To Host Season 2 Of Original Comedy Series

Bounce TV Renews 'Uptown Comic,' Rodney Perry To Host Season 2 Of Original Comedy Series
I guess Joe Torry's out as host... Atlanta, Aug. 16, 2012 -- Bounce TV (www.bouncetv.com), the fastest growing African American network in television, will premiere the second season of its original comedy series Uptown Comic this fall with actor and comedian Rodney Perry (Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, Mo'Nique Show) as host, it was announced today by Bounce TV Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Katz. Uptown Comic is a half-hour series featuring stand-up performances by some of the hottest up-and-coming comics in the country. The show's second season will begin production in Atlanta this month. "Uptown Comic was an instant hit with Bounce TV viewers and delivered tremendous value for our constantly-growing group of affiliates and advertisers. As a young network, this success and expansion of our first original programming is unprecedented and reflects the strong brand Bounce TV is becoming within the African American community,"...

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Tonight: Bounce TV Premiering Network's First Two Original Series, Starting at 9Pm

A reminder for tonight; but first check out Nijla's interviews (posted earlier today) with the stars of both new sereis, Omar Gooding (Family Ties) Here; Joe Torry (Uptown Comic) Here. Bounce TV to Premiere Network's First Two Original Series; Sitcom Family Time and Comedy Show Uptown Comic on Monday, June 18 Atlanta, June 13, 2012 -- Bounce TV (http://bouncetv.com), the nation's first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network for African Americans, will launch its first two original series with Family Time and Uptown Comic on June 18 at 9:00 pm. and 9:30 pm Edt. Bounce TV's original series Family...
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Tonight: Bounce TV Premiering Network's First Two Original Series, Starting at 9Pm

Tonight: Bounce TV Premiering Network's First Two Original Series, Starting at 9Pm
A reminder for tonight; but first check out Nijla's interviews (posted earlier today) with the stars of both new sereis, Omar Gooding (Family Ties) Here; Joe Torry (Uptown Comic) Here. Bounce TV to Premiere Network's First Two Original Series; Sitcom Family Time and Comedy Show Uptown Comic on Monday, June 18 Atlanta, June 13, 2012 -- Bounce TV (http://bouncetv.com), the nation's first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network for African Americans, will launch its first two original series with Family Time and Uptown Comic on June 18 at 9:00 pm. and 9:30 pm Edt. Bounce TV's original series Family Time (9:00 pm Edt) is a half-hour situation comedy created by Bentley Kyle Evans (The Jamie Foxx Show, Martin, Love That Girl) and produced by Evans and partner Trenten Gumbs. Family Time centers around the life and times of The Stallworths, a working class African American family...

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Joe Torry Talks To S&A About New 'Uptown Comic' Series Premiering Tonight on Bounce TV

Joe Torry Talks To S&A About New 'Uptown Comic' Series Premiering Tonight on Bounce TV
Comedian and actor Joe Torry will host Uptown Comic, a new comedy series that also premieres tonight on Bounce TV, following Omar Gooding’s Family Time, which I previously profiled Here. Torry's show features live stage and skit performances by emerging comedians from around the country, and is produced by Rainforest Films, who brought us Think Like A Man. It is filmed in front of a live studio audience at the Center Stage in Atlanta. Drawing from his past work hosting HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Torry offers his insight into the differences in today’s broadcast comedic landscape, why he prefers old school comedians, and his reaction to Think Like A Man. Uptown Comic premieres tonight at 9:30 Et. S&A: Can you give us a brief overview of the show and what viewers can expect from it? Jt: Viewers can expect to laugh their tails off for one.
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Joe Torry Talks To S&A About New 'Uptown Comic' Series Premiering Tonight on Bounce TV

Comedian and actor Joe Torry will host Uptown Comic, a new comedy series that also premieres tonight on Bounce TV, following Omar Gooding’s Family Time, which I previously profiled Here. Torry's show features live stage and skit performances by emerging comedians from around the country, and is produced by Rainforest Films, who brought us Think Like A Man. It is filmed in front of a live studio audience at the Center Stage in Atlanta. Drawing from his past work hosting HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Torry offers his insight into the differences in today’s broadcast comedic landscape, why he prefers old school comedians, and his reaction to Think Like A Man. Uptown Comic...
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Snoop Dogg Music Video Shoot Pictures

Joe Torry, Doll Phace, Snoop Dogg and Mechelle Epps attend Doll Phace's Let's Go to Vegas featuring Snoop Dogg music video shoot at the Conga Room. Photo copyright Koi Sojer / PR Photos. Anthony Cherry attends Doll Phace's Let's Go to Vegas featuring Snoop Dogg music video shoot at the Conga Room. Photo copyright Koi Sojer / PR Photos. Gramma Funk and Mechelle Epps attend Doll Phace's Let's Go to Vegas featuring Snoop Dogg music video shoot at the Conga Room. Photo copyright Koi Sojer / PR Photos. Snoop Dogg attends Doll Phace's Let's Go to Vegas featuring Snoop Dogg music video shoot at the Conga Room. Photo copyright Koi Sojer / PR Photos. Mechelle Epps,
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Regina King's Most Memorable Roles

Regina King's Life on Screen227ESSENCE Magazine's February 2011 cover star Regina King made her acting debut in 1985 on the legendary comedy "227" as Brenda Jenkins. That show played upon King's strong suit — comedy — which she would follow through her impressive resume. Let's take a look back at King's life on-screen...Poetic JusticeAs sassy Iesha, King was serving up drama and attitude in John Singleton's "Poetic Justice" (1993) starring Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Joe Torry.Higher LearningKing reunited with director John Singleton to play college student Monet in 1995's "Higher Learning."FridayWho can ever forget King (playing Ice Cube's younger sister Dana) sleeping with her head upright so she wouldn't mess up her hairstyle in the 1995 classic "Friday?" We can relate, girl.A Thin Line Between Love and HateIn this 1996 classic, King played Martin Lawrence's childhood sweetheart Mia.Jerry MaguireKing stole the show with her passionate portrayal of
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2010 K.I.S. Foundation Gift Giveaway and Holiday Party Pictures

KiKi Shepard, Angell Conwell and Aldis Hodge attend KiKi Shepard's 2010 K.I.S. foundation gift giveaway and holiday party.Photo copyright Koi Sojer / PR Photos. Joe Torry attends KiKi Shepard's 2010 K.I.S. foundation gift giveaway and holiday party.Photo copyright Koi Sojer / PR Photos. Vanessa Bell Calloway, KiKi Shepard and Angell Conwell attend KiKi Shepard's 2010 K.I.S. foundation gift giveaway and holiday party.Photo copyright Koi Sojer / PR Photos. Edwin Hodge and Porscha Coleman attend KiKi Shepard's 2010 K.I.S. foundation gift giveaway and holiday party.Photo copyright Koi Sojer / PR Photos. KiKi Shepard's attends 2010 K.I.S. foundation gift giveaway and holiday party.Photo copyright Koi Sojer / PR Photos. 12/23/2010 - Angell Conwell - KiKi Shepard's 2010
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Bellamy to get 'Played' by Electra, Fox

Bellamy to get 'Played' by Electra, Fox
Carmen Electra, Vivica A. Fox, Bill Bellamy and Stacey Dash will star in the indie Getting Played for writer-director David Silberg. Played is lensing in Los Angeles. The project, penned by first-time helmer Silberg, revolves around three beautiful women (Electra, Fox, Dash) who have had their share of men trouble. The trio enter into a game of fun by trying to seduce a random target that they must catch on video. Problems arise when the random man (Bellamy) is in on the joke. Joe Torry, Dorian Gregory and Kathy Najimy round out the cast. Fox also is producing the project along with Lita Richardson, Michael Catalano and Silberg. Eric Manlunas is executive producing. Michael Feifer is co-producing. Electra is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and the law firm Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman. Her new series, Til Death Do Us Part, which chronicles the nuptials of Electra and rocker Dave Navarro, premieres next week on MTV. Fox is repped by Writers and Artists Group International. Bellamy is repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Nina Shaw. Dash is repped by Michael & Associates.

Film Review:'Sprung'

Film Review:'Sprung'
The title refers to the duller half of this comedy of the sexes, a nice guy with dreams who woos a cautious lady who has been "played" too many times. But it's their devious best friends who steal the movie in Trimark Pictures' amiable "Sprung".

The third film from co-writer/director/co-star Rusty Cundieff ("Tales From the Hood", "Fear of a Black Hat"), "Sprung" will score with black audiences and win the filmmaker more fans. Crossover business should be negligible given the lackluster marketing, but its rap will be successful in ancillary formats.

In the lusty, romantic tale of four friends, Cundieff's restrained approach to the love affair between his honest, sensitive character and Tisha Campbell's tough-talking, independent woman adds some traditional machinations and pacing to the loosely plotted farce. Their motivations are obvious, but beyond looking terrific, alas, they are dull folks.

Not so their best friends. Brandy (Campbell) and her voluptuous, gold digger gal-pal Adina Paula Jai Parker) are on the hunt for men, but the latter's unfailing radar system (complete with on-screen graphics) can spot all the wrong types and they grow discouraged. In a snappy send-off, the four principals cross paths at a party, with best friends Montel (Cundieff) and Clyde (Joe Torry) arriving in a borrowed Porsche.

Thinking she's nabbed a guy with a "wide" one (wallet, that is), Adina drives off with Clyde. She grows suspicious when he takes her to his ugly apartment, but they still go for broke in one of the rowdiest, naughtiest sex scenes in recent memory.

Adina finds out soon after that Clyde is a fraud and they break up in spectacular fashion, leading to his arrest for lewd conduct and a marvelously risque police lineup sequence, with veteran funnyman John Witherspoon as a knuckleheaded detective. Adina and Clyde have no regrets, but they fear seeing each other in the future if Brandy and Montel become a real couple.

The devilish duo of Adina and Clyde try simple schemes first and then turn to hardball tactics to derail their friends' relationship.

Cundieff can't resist getting in a comment about how black cinema is dominated by violence, but he needs to work harder as a performer to succeed on his own terms. As a director, he displays solid craftsmanship but little cinematic vision, acceptable for a modest project such as this.

SPRUNG

Trimark Pictures

A Darin Scott production

In association with Trimark Prods.

A Rusty Cundieff film

Director Rusty Cundieff

Producer Darin Scott

Writers Rusty Cundieff, Darin Scott

Executive producer Mark Amin

Director of photography Joao Fernandes

Editor Lisa Bromwell

Production designer Terrence Foster

Music Stanley Clarke

Costume designer Tracey White

Casting Tony Lee

Color/stereo

Cast:

Brandy Tisha Campbell

Montel Rusty Cundieff

Adina Paula Jai Parker

Clyde Joe Torry

Detective John Witherspoon

Veronica Jennifer Lee

Running time -- 109 minutes

MPAA rating: R

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