With all the new black networks in place, that means more black programming options. And that means more comedy shows on TV. Over-the-air network Bounce TV, the only black network currently available without a cable subscription, introduces their second original series “Uptown Comic,” hosted by Joe Torry. Shot at Atlanta’s Uptown Comedy Corner, the show will feature a half-hour of comedy skits and performances. Bounce has already announced their first original show “Family Time,” starring Angell Conwell and Omar Gooding as the Stallworths, a married couple with two kids who win the lottery.
“Uptown Comic” hopes to be a comedy sketch show in the “In Living Color” and “Mad TV” vein, more so than the “Comicview” model of just straight standup performances. Both shows debut tonight at 9 and 9:30 p.m.
'Uptown Comic' is a fresh new showcase for the next generation of break-out stars, perfectly pairing with 'Family Time' to build Monday nights as an original programming destination for Bounce TV," said Jonathan Katz, Bounce TV's chief operating officer.
Bounce TV went live last September and has already acquired an audience of 60 million homes, covering almost 75% of the African-American TV watching population. Bounce TV is not yet in every market, but it is the only free network that features African American programming. You don’t need cable to see Bounce TV because it’s over-the-air, which means that anyone with a digital signal can get the channel. Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King III are among the ownership group that started the network along with Rainforest Films Will Packer and Rob Hardy.