Comedy Central Records

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Comedy Central Records
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Parent company Viacom
(merger with CBS Corporation pending)
Founded2002 (2002)
Founder Jack Vaughn Jr.
Distributor(s) Alternative Distribution Alliance
Genre Comedy
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew York City
Official website

Comedy Central Records is a record label based in New York and owned by Viacom. The label specializes in stand-up comedy albums and is distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Alternative Distribution Alliance music distribution company

Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) is a music distribution company owned by Warner Music Group, which represents the rights to various independent record labels. ADA prides itself in providing "independent artist and label partners with access to the resources, relationships & experience required to share their creative vision with a global audience."

Warner Music Group American global music conglomerate

Warner Music Group Inc. (WMG), also known as Warner Music, is an American multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate headquartered in New York City. It is one of the "big three" recording companies and the third largest in the global music industry, after Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony Music Entertainment (SME). Formerly part of Time Warner, the company was publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange until May 2011, when it announced its privatization and sale to Access Industries, which was completed in July 2011. With a multibillion-dollar annual turnover, WMG employs more than 3,500 people and has operations in more than 50 countries throughout the world.


The label has released albums from artists such as Aziz Ansari, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, and Kevin Hart. As of December 2016, Comedy Central Records has put out over 200 albums.

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Louis C.K. American comedian and actor

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Amy Schumer American stand-up comedian and actress

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Comedy Central Records was founded in 2002 by American multi-Grammy winning record and television producer, Jack Vaughn Jr. along with Comedy Central.

Jack Vaughn Jr. is an American multi-Grammy winning record and television producer and label head. He created and ran Comedy Central Records, Slimstyle Records, and Third World Underground, currently runs Comedy Dynamics and produces television specials for the label.

The first release under the label was Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers," an uncensored album featuring human-like puppets voiced by comedic talent such as Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman and Fred Armisen, making off-color crank calls to one another. Upon its release, the album sold more than 80,000 copies, prompting network executives to release three more volumes of calls, including "The Best Uncensored Crank Calls, Vol. 2" and the two part "The Best Crank Calls."

Adam Carolla American radio personality, television host, comedian, and actor

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Jimmy Kimmel American talk show host and comedian

James Christian Kimmel is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is the host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a late-night talk show that premiered on ABC on January 26, 2003 at Hollywood Masonic Temple in Hollywood, California; and on April 1, 2019 at a secondary home, the Zappos Theater on the Las Vegas Strip. Kimmel hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012 and 2016, and the Academy Awards in 2017 and 2018.

Sarah Silverman American stand-up comedian, actress, producer, and writer

Sarah Kate Silverman is an American stand-up comedian, actress, singer, producer, and writer. Her comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics, such as racism, sexism, politics, and religion, sometimes having her comic character endorse them in a satirical or deadpan fashion. For her work on television, she has won two Primetime Emmy Awards.

In the early years, the label signed talent such as Dave Attell, Daniel Tosh, Dane Cook, Lewis Black and Mitch Hedberg to record deals. Their early releases included Daniel Tosh's “True Stories I Made Up” (RIAA-certified Gold) and Dane Cook's “Harmful if Swallowed” and “Retaliation” (RIAA-certified Platinum and 2x Platinum, respectively).

Dave Attell comedian

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Daniel Tosh American stand-up comedian and television host

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Dane Cook American actor and comedian

Dane Jeffrey Cook is an American stand-up comedian and film actor. He has released five comedy albums: Harmful If Swallowed; Retaliation; Vicious Circle; Rough Around The Edges: Live From Madison Square Garden; and Isolated Incident. In 2006, Retaliation became the highest charting comedy album in 28 years and went platinum. He performed an HBO special in the Fall of 2006, Vicious Circle, a straight-to-DVD special titled Rough Around The Edges, and a Comedy Central special in 2009 titled Isolated Incident. He is known for his use of observational, often vulgar, and sometimes dark comedy.


Comedy Central Records received its first Grammy Award nomination in 2006 for "Lewis Black: Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues" and won its first Grammy a year later for "Lewis Black: The Carnegie Hall Performance." The label also received Grammy nominations for albums from Steven Wright, Stephen Colbert and George Lopez, and won Grammy's for "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!" as well as “Lewis Black: Stark Raving Black.” Other notable releases during this period include the platinum-selling, “Jim Gaffigan: King Baby” and “Demetri Martin. Person.”, the follow up album to the RIAA-certified Gold, “Demetri Martin: These are Jokes.”

<i>Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues</i> 2005 studio album by Lewis Black

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<i>The Carnegie Hall Performance</i> 2006 live album by Lewis Black

The Carnegie Hall Performance (2006) is Lewis Black's fifth album, and winner of the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. Several pieces are derived from material that was published in his 2005 autobiography, Nothing's Sacred.

Steven Wright American comedian, actor and author

Steven Alexander Wright is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and film producer. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical and sometimes nonsensical jokes, paraprosdokians, non sequiturs, anti-humor, and one-liners with contrived situations.

Dane Cook continued to be one of the label's biggest names during this time, with his 2007 release, “Rough Around The Edges: Live From Madison Square Garden” debuting at #11 on US Charts and selling 90,000 copies in its first week. Two years later, the label released “Dane Cook: Isolated Incident,” with Cook opting to tape this album in front of a smaller crowd of 400 at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. Dane Cook's greatest hits album “I Did My Best,” was released on the label in 2010.

Comedy Central Records posthumously released Mitch Hedberg's “Do You Believe in Gosh?” in 2008. The album was recorded just two months before the comedian's death in 2005.


After ten years with Comedy Central Records, Jack Vaughn departed in 2012. Steve Raizes and David Derrick, who were at the time overseeing other businesses within Comedy Central Consumer Products, assumed label management.

The label continued to receive critical acclaim for its top performing talent, including a Grammy win for “Louis C.K: Hilarious” in 2012, and nominations for “Lewis Black: In God We Rust” in 2013, and “Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time” and “Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed” in 2014.

Dara Frank, who oversaw production and creative direction for the team began signing new artists to the label in 2015 such as Liza Treyger, Andrew Santino, Sam Morril, Randy Liedtke, Joe List and Michelle Buteau. In 2016 she was promoted to oversee the business.

In 2016, the label partnered with Milan Records, Matt FX, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Comedy Central's Broad City to produce and distribute the original soundtrack for the television show, featuring never before released songs and original artwork by Mike Perry.

That same year, Comedy Central Records released "Mitch Hedberg: The Complete Vinyl Collection.” The box set was a joint effort with Producer, Michael Slaboch and the late comedian's wife, Lynn Shawcroft who served as an Executive Producer. The collection included never before heard recordings, bonus videos, and a book of rare photos and essays.

Since 2012, the label has released over 100 albums, including releases from Maria Bamford, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Aziz Ansari and Hannibal Buress.

RIAA Certifications

Dane Cook Harmful If Swallowed PlatinumAlbum
Retaliation Platinum 2xAlbum
Rough Around The Edges GoldAlbum
Nick Swardson Party PlatinumVideo Longform
Daniel Tosh True Stories I Made Up GoldVideo Longform
Happy ThoughtsGoldVideo Longform
Bo Burnham Bo Burnham GoldVideo Longform
Demetri Martin These Are Jokes GoldVideo Longform
Jim Gaffigan Doing My Time GoldVideo Longform

Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album

2006 Lewis Black Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues Nominated
2007 Lewis Black The Carnegie Hall Performance Won
2008 Steven Wright I Still Have a Pony Nominated [1]
George Lopez America's MexicanNominated [1]
2009 Lewis Black Anticipation Nominated [2]
2010 Stephen Colbert A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Won [3]
George Lopez Tall, Dark & ChicanoNominated
2011 Lewis Black Stark Raving Black Won [4]
2012 Louis C.K. Hilarious Won [5]
Patton Oswalt Finest Hour Nominated [5]
2013 Jim Gaffigan Mr. Universe Nominated
Lewis Black In God We RustNominated
2014 Jim Gaffigan ObsessedNominated
Patton Oswald Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time Nominated


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