A PODCAST PARODY SERIES ABOUT THE WORLD'S GREATEST BLACK ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK
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This podcast is the audio groundwork and content development for a television series
The cast consists of All Black Actors with credits from Mad TV and Saturday Night Live, to the Boondocks and Reno 911. They perform regularly at theGroundlings 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 would-be black entertainment network with no money in Baldwin Hills, California
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 Stevens. The 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.
HEAR SHOWS BELOW:
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!"
"AS BLACK MEN" - real black men talking real issues - features rapper, record producer, actor, entrepreneur Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr, better known as T.I., and professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., who admitted he had sex with T.I.'s wife Tameka. Heated dialog flairs as Manny Pacquiao calls in, a whale calls in, a cabbage patch doll calls in, even a court transcript. It's Looney Tuneland all the way.
"LADY JUSTICE" with Judge Evangeline Cotter hears a case of FRAUD: This White Woman is Black. Derek Gagnon is suing Cathy Roberts for the money he spent on the engagement ring and for pain and suffering. He'd "fallen in love with this white woman he met at Whole Foods," got engaged, gave her a ring with some money he borrowed from her, and then found out she's Black. He wants that money back.
"AS BLACK MEN" - real black men talking real black issues in real time - talks about new haircuts, lice, and receive an unexpected call from Chris from Kid 'N' Play. THEN, the team welcomes the legend, American retired basketball player, rapper, actor and TV analyst "Inside the NBA," SHAQ, and talk about gigantism, his mouth getting tired, wandering eyes, and being a police officer.
"LADY JUSTICE" is back with a stunning case of Psychic Failure. In "Lakely vs. Ellington," Lenny Lakely is suing pychic Rafael Ellington and his brother Arlington Ellington because nothing that was predicted has come true.NOT ONE THING CAME TRUE! He did not get anything including getting to dance with Moesha. He wants his money back.