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This podcast is the audio groundwork and content development for a television series 


The cast consists of all  African-American Actors  with credits from Mad TV and Saturday Night Live, to the Boondocks and Reno 911. They perform regularly at the Groundlings Theater in Hollywood with "The Black Version."


"BTN" the Black Television Network, is a cross between CNN and BET. "Blackout Television" is set in the studios and offices of this fictional entertainment network.


Like "The Larry Sanders Show," it goes from being on the air to behind the scenes and features exaggerated, parody versions of television and radio personalities.


​Like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the show is largely improvised from outlines created by Shadoe Stevens, director/performer Karen Maruyama, and the team.


The show stars Jordan Black, Gary Anthony Williams, Phil LaMarr, Danielle Gaither, and Cedric Yarbrough. It is Directed by Karen Maruyama and Produced by Shadoe StevensThe cast creates all the personalities on the shows, all the callers, and appear as all the guests, whether Oprah Winfrey or Wesley Snipes. 


"Morning Blackout" is BTN's version of "Good Morning America." It's a show for black Americans who love get their party on first thing in the morning. 


"As Black Men" is BTN's version of "The View" but with men who are black. They talk men-talk about hot topics with the unique perspective "As Black Men." 


"Lady Justice," is BTN's version of Judge Judy, with Judge Evangeline Cotter holding court with misfits and oddballs, families and crackpots. The action is fast moving and hilarious. 


"Black of the Night" Starring Nicky Ashford, is BTN's Black version of The Tonight Show. 


​"Blackout Television" is recorded at the Rick Dees Studios in Los Angeles.

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BLACKOUT #65- "lady justice" - TAN PLAN GOT OUT OF HAND

This week "LADY JUSTICE" presents a most unusual case: "The Case of the Tan-Plan that Got Out of Hand." Tan Tropay offers 3 levels of tanning for blacks: China Yellow, Puerto Rican Brown, and Body Blue Black (Westly Snipes/Africa Black). LAVISH is suing TOMMY TANN of "Tan Tropay" because "his boyfriend can't see the tan, it ain't 'Poppin!'" Tommy says, "We dont guarantee the Pop." Judge Cotter makes the call. Big fun. Don't miss it.

BLACKOUT #66- "AS BLACK MEN" - MORGAN FREEMAN & PANTY BACON

"AS BLACK MEN" with all black talk about all things black has an exciting show with a discussion about Men's Jewelry Trends, plastic bags, how often to have sex, "Panty Bacon" (she should give you sex any time you want if you bringin' home the bacon), and then a visit from show business legend MORGAN FREEMAN. And if that's not enough, we get a call from MR. T. 

BLACKOUT #67- "LADY JUSTICE" - QUARRELSOME CABINETS

"LADY JUSTICE" and Judge Evangeline Cotter hears the case of Carlyle Wiggins suing a renter at his "Carlyle Arms" Apartments for overstepping his bounds. Kelvin Frazon over-improved his apartment and there are 28 pages of pictures proving upgrades like a skylight, chimney, marble, and a Japanese auto-flush toilet. Wiggins wants Frazon evicted and the apartment put back, down-graded to its original state. Hilarity ensues.

BLACKOUT #68 - "MORNING BLACKOUT" - chadwick boseman

This week on "MORNING BLACKOUT,"N'gasa talks about Instagram Crackers, Master P is now running the network, Dr. Calton Irving says, "Blacks are the Camels of the Water Community and should only be drinking a "sensible cup of water." Then, CHADWICK BOSEMAN is our guest, and since he's played Jackie Robinson and James Brown,we find that his goal is to play every notable black person whose name begins with the letter J...from Jalela White to Jimmy Walker. Big fun. Laugh fest. 
This week on MORNING BLACKOUT, Dr. Calton Irving claims cell phones are an explosive device and recommends wearing fire-retardant clothing, perhaps keeping your pajamas on all day. With the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge, the team discusses The Fire Challenge - lighting yourself on fire and jumping into a shower - and the Lickin Chicken Challenge - getting two buckets of Churches, licking it and sending it to a friend. And finally, American singer, songwriter, and model, SOLANGE KNOWLES joins us to say, "I AM NOT BEYONCE!" 

BLACKOUT #69 - "MORNING BLACKOUT" - SOLANGE KNOWLES