Mitch Fried

Comedy Impact Report '08: Live Laughs Leaders

In September, Comedy Central named Mitch Fried head of its new live-entertainment division, formally recognizing the multifaceted, multiplatform job he’d been performing for several years already. Through Fried’s division, the net can now cross-promote, support — and profit from — all aspects of a comic’s career, including everything from touring to DVD and other merchandise sales to on-air standup specials.

Take comedian Stephen Lynch’s upcoming tour, which will include stops in both the U.S. and Europe. Before Lynch embarks on his sojourn, Comedy Central will feature him on its “Friday Night Stand-up” skein, including promotional interstitials that highlight the tour. Then once the tour is launched, Comedy Central will shoot a standup special and DVD featuring the comedian, promoting both during the live shows.

The relationship is symbiotic, Fried says: Comedians now have a one-stop shop that allows them to leverage the promotional power of one of TV’s most powerful comedy brands, while Comedy Central becomes an even more attractive destination for top talent and can capitalize on aspects of the business beyond mere ratings points.

More Scene

  • Demi MooreComedy Central's Roast of Bruce

    Demi Moore Appears as Surprise Guest at Bruce Willis' Comedy Central Roast

    In September, Comedy Central named Mitch Fried head of its new live-entertainment division, formally recognizing the multifaceted, multiplatform job he’d been performing for several years already. Through Fried’s division, the net can now cross-promote, support — and profit from — all aspects of a comic’s career, including everything from touring to DVD and other merchandise […]

  • Outfest Filmmakers Get Political, Issue Call

    Outfest Filmmakers Get Political, Issue Call to Action on Opening Night

    In September, Comedy Central named Mitch Fried head of its new live-entertainment division, formally recognizing the multifaceted, multiplatform job he’d been performing for several years already. Through Fried’s division, the net can now cross-promote, support — and profit from — all aspects of a comic’s career, including everything from touring to DVD and other merchandise […]

  • Bob Woodruff Foundation Acquires Veterans Org

    Bob Woodruff Foundation Acquires Veterans Org Got Your 6

    In September, Comedy Central named Mitch Fried head of its new live-entertainment division, formally recognizing the multifaceted, multiplatform job he’d been performing for several years already. Through Fried’s division, the net can now cross-promote, support — and profit from — all aspects of a comic’s career, including everything from touring to DVD and other merchandise […]

  • Tiffany HaddishTiffany Haddish at the Hollywood

    Tiffany Haddish on Future Career Plans, Taking Advice From Tyler Perry, Melissa McCarthy

    In September, Comedy Central named Mitch Fried head of its new live-entertainment division, formally recognizing the multifaceted, multiplatform job he’d been performing for several years already. Through Fried’s division, the net can now cross-promote, support — and profit from — all aspects of a comic’s career, including everything from touring to DVD and other merchandise […]

  • Vince Gilligan Carolyn Strauss Paley Center

    'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan Suggests 'Maybe It's Time for Heroes Again' on TV

    In September, Comedy Central named Mitch Fried head of its new live-entertainment division, formally recognizing the multifaceted, multiplatform job he’d been performing for several years already. Through Fried’s division, the net can now cross-promote, support — and profit from — all aspects of a comic’s career, including everything from touring to DVD and other merchandise […]

  • Our Very Own Carlin McCullough

    Amanda Peet's New Play 'Our Very Own Carlin McCullough' Has a 'Game of Thrones' Connection

    In September, Comedy Central named Mitch Fried head of its new live-entertainment division, formally recognizing the multifaceted, multiplatform job he’d been performing for several years already. Through Fried’s division, the net can now cross-promote, support — and profit from — all aspects of a comic’s career, including everything from touring to DVD and other merchandise […]

  • Shirel Kozak, Billy Crystal, Marina Zenovich,

    Billy Crystal, Filmmakers Remember Robin Williams at 'Come Inside My Mind' Premiere

    In September, Comedy Central named Mitch Fried head of its new live-entertainment division, formally recognizing the multifaceted, multiplatform job he’d been performing for several years already. Through Fried’s division, the net can now cross-promote, support — and profit from — all aspects of a comic’s career, including everything from touring to DVD and other merchandise […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content