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 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 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:
"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.
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.
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.
This week on "Morning Blackout," Dr. Calton Irving returns to the show after how open heart surgery and reveals that he has not had enough iron in his blood. He recommends more frying in steel skillets. He's up rto 548 pounds. Then, N'Gasa talks about Celebrities who change their names, and finally, LaBron James has never been more charismatic as he talks about returning to Cleveland. It's funnier than it sounds. Don't miss it.
As a salute to summer, "AS BLACK MEN" with Black Men Talking about All things Black, discuss why America hates Soccer, why you shouldn't wash your jeans - ever, and our special guest SPIKE LEE talks about "Planet of the Apes" asking, "what's THAT a metaphor for?" Monkeys that can talk and shoot guns. Then, Andy Serkis calls in using his American voice, and Woody Allen's wife calls in in using her Chinese voice. Great fun for a summer day.