Comedy net ups Wallach

Exec new senior veep of original programming

In recognition of the volume of fresh series that originate in Gotham, Comedy Central has awarded the title of senior VP of original programming and development to its veteran New York executive Lou Wallach.

Wallach’s boss Lauren Corrao, Los Angeles-based exec VP of original programming and development, calls him “my right arm in New York,” citing such series as “Chappelle’s Show,” “Crank Yankers” and the forthcoming single-camera narrative “Stella.”

Over the last five years, Wallach has shepherded such Comedy Central shows as “Insomniac With Dave Attell,” “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn,” “TV Funhouse” and “Heroes of Black Comedy.”

Wallach said the net’s standup comedy shows, such as “Comedy Central Presents” and “Premium Blend,” all come out of New York “because the audience vibe in the city is unique.”

Before joining Comedy Central in 2000, Wallach was director of creative affairs for Fox TV Studios in L.A. Earlier, he was manager of comedy development for CBS Entertainment and worked in the TV packaging department of William Morris.

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