Thursday, May 29, 2014

Amazing America with Sarah Palin Reviews

"Amazing America with Sarah Palin" wrapped up it's debut season on the Sportsman Channel.

In a Broadcasting and Cable interview, Marc Fein, executive VP of programming and production for the Sportsman Channel, labeled the series a success, saying it "generated big increases in viewership in its timeslot from a year ago" and "generated buzz for the network."

The show featured our very own every-man, blue collar comedian Jerry Carroll. The following is a collection of links, reviews, and YouTube clips from the show.

"I dare you to watch this show and not fall just a little bit in love with Jerry Carroll."  - Alaska Dispatch

Every major news outlet covered the shows' announcement in December 2013, including ABC, Fox News, and the Hollywood Reporter - just to name a few. Saturday Night Live then-anchor Seth Meyers even gave the show a plug of sorts on Weekend Update.

As production began, video footage of Jerry starting popping up featuring him shooting guns with country singer Craig Morgan and riding horses with pro wrestler Cowboy James Storm.

As the debuted approached, publicity picked up for Jerry with a press release and Q and A from the Sportsman Channel and an excellent article in the News and Observer, aptly titled "Farmer-funnyman from Wake County scores show with Palin".

In a surprising move, the Network choose to launch the debut episode not centered around Palin, but instead kicked it off with a segment featuring Jerry.

The reviews were positive. The Alaska Dispatch declared the show "Amazingly American, surprisingly enjoyable". Even critics pre-determined to hate the show had to admit "there's nothing much to dislike about this show".

Jerry soon found himself promoting the show heavily, including interviews with Breitbart and a long-awaited debut on the nationally-syndicated radio program, The John Boy and Billy Big Show.

After week 2's episode with Craig Morgan, The Alaska Dispatch amped up the love for Jerry, declaring "I dare you to watch this show and not fall just a little bit in love with him."

The raves continued over Jerry's firefighter training, SWAT training, and visit to the World Duck Call Championship, culminating in the paper's "Conversation with Jerry Carroll". The praise continued throughout the series, up to the season finale.

  "If you ever decide to make 'Amazing America with Jerry Carroll' -- or 'Amazing (Anything) with Jerry Carroll' -- I'm in."  - Alaska Dispatch

A decision on a second season has not been made. Although in the Broadcasting and Cable interview, Sportsman VP Fein declared "The awareness factor has been great and it’s been really good for us."

If you'd like to see a second season, let the network know. Send your tweets to @SPORTSMANchnl or contact them via their website: Amazing America on the Sportsman Channel

Additional Video Clips:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Redneck Rehab - Show on CMT with Tom Arnold

A "city slicker" in a suit is questioned about his redneck past. People demand to know: where's his Southern accent? Did he forget his country roots?

Sounds like a great idea for a TV show. So much so that CMT is debuting "Redneck Rehab" on September 15, hosted by comedian Tom Arnold.

The problem is that "Redneck Rehab" is one of my signature stand-up bits and has been since the 90's. I've performed the bit coast-to-coast from Carolines on Broadway to the Improv. It's been filmed by Comedy Central twice (a Viacom company along with CMT). Sirius XM regularly plays the bit as part of a routine entitled "Haunted Mobile Home" on Laugh USA. And redneck rehab has been on YouTube since 2006:

Redneck Rehab

Recorded December 29, 2004, BTI Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC

Here's another site that references redneck rehab from 2002, and I have many other audio and video recordings dating back at least to 1999.

An official press release about the show states: "In the series premiere, Patrick Higgs is an aspiring actor hooked on a high-end lifestyle complete with fancy cars and designer clothing.  His life wasn’t always this way, however.  Born into a nutty, dirt-loving, over-the-top redneck family, Patrick has since alienated his kin in pursuit of stardom."

Umm... yeah. That's right out of my act.

I've been ripped off before, but this one is particularly troubling. The concept for the show is lifted directly from my stand-up routine - a routine that Viacom has on videotape.

Is there anything I can do here? Any armchair lawyers care to chime in?

Redneck Rehab
REDNECK REHAB is produced by Pink Sneakers with Kimberly Belcher Cowin, John Ehrhard, Jayson Dinsmore (CMT) and Lewis Bogach (CMT) serving as executive producers.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

John Felts - Stuff Christian Singles Hear

Comedian John Felts appeard on the 700 Club to discuss his viral video "Stuff Christian Singles Hear" and his budding career as a clean comedian.

The 700 Club Interactive show (7CI) is hosted by Gordon Robertson and Terry Meeuwsen. John's segment aired Tuesday, August 21 on ABC Family at 9:30 am ET.

Stuff Christian Singles Hear

A well-timed and clever comedian, John delivers funny perspectives on dating, marriage, parenting, American culture and struggling to do the right thing.
Live from the set of the 700 Club Interactive
Host Kristi Watts interviews Comedian John Felts
John contacted me last summer expressing his desire to join my roster. I was impressed by his video clip, and drove to Wilmington to watch a live performance. I've seen John several times since then and he continues to amaze me with his progress. He has a solid hour of material and his stage presence continues to improve. Not just a Christian comic, John performs clean comedy for corporate events, colleges, Chamber of Commerce banquets and comedy clubs across the U.S. Contact us to hire comedian John Felts for your next event!
John Felts

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Christian Stand-up Comedy - Clean Humor

There's often debate about what is means to be a Christian stand-up comedian. Does it mean a comedian that performs jokes targeted to Christian audiences (Biblical references, church humor, etc), or does it mean a stand-up comedian who happens to be a Christian?

Many well-known Christian comedians perform for a solid hour without mention of Christianity. Others have an entire act that would only work in front of a church audience. It's really a matter of personal preference. But either way, the product should result in clean humor.

Christian Stand-up Comedian - John Felts

Watch on YouTube: Christian comedy stand-up clean

Christian Stand-up Comedian - David Ferrell

Watch on YouTube: Christian comedians

Christian Stand-up Comedienne - Leslie Norris Townsend 

Watch on YouTube: Female Christian comedians

Christian Stand-up Comedian - Fudge

Watch on YouTube: Black Christian comedians

Christian comedians who can do an hour "secular" set make the perfect corporate entertainer. When you hire a Christian comedian, you don't have to worry about foul language or inappropriate material. So if you're looking for clean humor, be sure to check out our exclusive lineup of Christian stand-up comedians