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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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This week on "AS BLACK MEN," Slappy Hughes, ex-negro league all star, is away from the show getting married to Vy Narayan, the wealthy technology legend who invented "touch technology." Ropert is also out, arrested at a "Bears for Cares Rally" put on by gay motorcyclists, and the conversation runs free as black men discuss Maya Angelo, "how much booty is too much?" and sisters with a lot of hips on the side being referred to as having "side-shelf." And that's where the fun starts as the guys play the game "Guess the Badonk!" Clyde shows pictures of celebrity badonks and the guys try to guess who. 

BLACKOUT #57- "AS BLACK MEN" - GUESS THE BADONK

"AS BLACK MEN," the Blackout parody of "The View" with Black Men. This week: ex-Negro League all star Slappy Hughes is already getting an annulment from last week's marriage to "touch technology" legend Vy Narayan. Robin Thicke calls in wondering "How do you get a Black woman Back?" Will self-tanning make him darker? Then, according to Dr. Calton Irving,Blacks don't swim due to 82% muscular density. And finally, our special guest Sandy Duncan calls in from a Fish Dinner in Des Moines to talk about another"Peter Pan." She couldn't be more excited. Funny and fun. Hear it now.

BLACKOUT #58- "AS BLACK MEN" - ROBIN THICKE and SANDY DUNCAN

BLACKOUT #59- "MORNING BLACKOUT" - LUPITA NYONG'O & JEREMY MEEKS

"MORNING BLACKOUT," the show for Blacks who try to get up in the morning, welcomes LUPITA NYONG'O to talk about her new projects and being an Academy Award Winner, Her brother JEREMY calls in to be a part of all the fun. N'Gasa appears shirtless on the show wearing Hammer pants, and we get a call from the "pretty boy criminal" JEREMY MEEKS. Then, our announcer JAMES EARL JONES takes over for Dr. Calton Irving to talk about WOMEN EMPOWERMENT. His advice: Be more Manlike.
"AS BLACK MEN," Real Black Men talk about Real issues on Daytime Talk, and Ropert Williams, a GBM - gay black man - stands up for himself before the chat turns to special guest: actor, director, political activist, DANNY GLOVER who talks about food and toast. Most of the questions are terrible. Why was he so mean in the Color Purple? They wonder if Danny is a ghost because his voice is so scary and Cedric wants to know if he makes any money in gloves. Then, where MEN cook: outside with BBQ. What else could you want? Actor: GARY ANTHONY WILLIAMS calls in and gets real.

BLACKOUT #60- "AS BLACK MEN" - DANNY GLOVER

This week: "AS BLACK MEN", returns with more Real Black Men talking about Real Issues on Daytime Television. Today, "How Much Fake would you Take?" Fake nails, implants, hair weaves, everything is discussed. Then, it's FOOD, from Banana Puddin to Sock it To Me Cake, wrapping everything in bacon, and the concept that white people have an extra stomach. And finally, CHEATING and the need to "cheat better." The fun just never quits.

BLACKOUT #61- "LADY JUSTICE" - BASENJI vs BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG

This week "Lady Justice" with Judge Evangeline Cotter presents one of the most compelling courtroom dramas ever. Mark Smithfield, breeder of tiny, voiceless, African, Basenji dogs, is suing his neighbor, who has, what was described as a "BERNESE Mountain crossed with some kind of horse" dog. Mr. Smithfield claims the giant dog snuck over under the dead of night and now his Basenji needs a total vaginal replacement. The neighbor, claims "that horny African Dog raped Rod Rod" calling it "rape from underneath." It's a complicated case. Hilarious, to say the least. Don't miss it.

BLACKOUT #62- "AS BLACK MEN" - HOW MUCH FAKE CAN YOU TAKE?