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Showtime preps docuseries about the legendary Comedy Store

CBS-owned Showtime Documentary Films will produce a four-part docuseries chronicling the history of the Los Angeles comedy club The Comedy Store. The Comedy Store has served as a space for comics ...
April 23, 2019

CBS-owned Showtime Documentary Films will produce a four-part docuseries chronicling the history of the Los Angeles comedy club The Comedy Store.

The Comedy Store has served as a space for comics to work through their material for 47 years. Comedy Store alum Mike Binder will direct the as-yet untitled docuseries, exploring its history using never-before-seen footage and interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy.

Comics who have performed at The Comedy Store include David Letterman, Jay Leno, Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Tom Dreesen, Sam Kinison, Paul Rodriguez, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings, Iliza Shlesinger, David Spade, Sebastian Maniscalco, Annie Lederman, Jeff Ross, Theo Von, Bobby Lee, Bob Saget, Howie Mandel, Joe Rogan, Chris D’Elia and Jimmie Walker.

Executive producers are Binder, Mike Tollin, Jon Weinbach, Peter Shore and Paul Young. Adam Eget, creative director of The Comedy Store, will serve as producer. Jonathan Vogler will produce for Mandalay Sports Media.

“The Comedy Store is a magical place – it’s Juilliard for stand-up comics, the Bolshoi Ballet of comedy,” said Binder in a statement. “It’s an honor for me to be able to return home to my roots, and I am so grateful to be able to tell this remarkable story.”

The series will premiere on Showtime in 2020. No date has yet been set.

(Photo: Getty Images, courtesy of Showtime)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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