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Starz InBlack Takes the Freedom of Speech to Another Level With Its New Exclusive Stand-Up Comedy Series

'The 1st Amendment Stand-up' Features 27 Up-and-Coming Comedians

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The founding fathers certainly weren't thinking of anything quite as funny or off-the-wall as "The 1st Amendment Stand-up" when they drafted the Bill of Rights. Even so, you can give that venerated document at least some credit for "The 1st Amendment Stand-up" a new, 13-episode, late-night raw and revolutionary exclusive stand-up comedy series from Starz InBlack. "The 1st Amendment Stand-up," which takes the freedom of speech to a whole new level, will premiere at 10 p.m. et/pt, Friday, October 14th and every Friday night following with an encore broadcast every Wednesday following "Top Slot" only on Starz InBlack.

"We've been the destination for the biggest and the best Hollywood movies and now Starz InBlack gets busy with a new realm of hip, urban entertainment with our new exclusive stand-up comedy series, 'The 1st Amendment Stand-up,'" said David Charmatz, senior vice president, channel management Starz Entertainment Group. "This series gives voice to a talented new generation of some of the funniest comedians. Be prepared to get your laugh on every Friday night."

Taped before a live audience in Atlanta, Georgia, each installment of "The 1st Amendment Stand-up" is hosted by comedian Doug Williams ("Premium Blend") and directed by Mike Bohusz ("Comic View"). Some of the featured comedians include Ralphie May ("Last Comic Standing"), Dr. Ken ("Comic Groove"), Annie McKnight ("Comic View"), Thea Vidale ("Thea"), Shang ("Comic View Grand Stand"), Lonnie Love ("Comic View"), Miguel Nunez ("Joey") and more. Adding more flavor to the show is the multi-talented DJ Nabs of Atlanta who spins the latest hip hop hits in between the laughs.

"It was a pleasure and a dream come true for me to host 'The 1st Amendment Stand-up,'" said Williams. "Thanks to Starz, America will have the opportunity to see some of the most talented underground comedians across the country. We truly exercised our freedom of speech and I am convinced this series will launch a new generation of untapped, hip, raw talent."

"Starz InBlack is run by a bunch of cool folks," said Bohusz. "So often in our business street credibility gets washed away by censorship and executives who have never seen the inside of an urban comedy club. With '1st Amendment Stand-up,' Starz Entertainment Group is giving the power back where it belongs -- with the comedians. Thank you Starz."

Starz InBlack is the source for the biggest, coolest movies and urban entertainment. Starz InBlack has produced several original film projects, most recently, UNSTOPPABLE: A Conversation with Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks and Ossie Davis, The Last of the Mississippi Jukes, and the Peabody Award-winning and NAACP Image Award-nominated A Huey P. Newton Story starring Roger Guenveur Smith and directed by Spike Lee. Other productions include the critically acclaimed Funny Valentines (in association with Studio USA Pictures and STARZ! Pictures), starring Alfre Woodard, Loretta Devine and CCH Pounder, plus original documentaries Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist, hosted by actor Morgan Freeman and the highly regarded Classified X by the godfather of contemporary African American cinema, Melvin Van Peebles.

Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) is the largest provider of premium movie services in the United States with approximately 179 million pay units. SEG offerings include the Starz Encore Movie Pack with 13 digital movie channels and more than 750 movies per month, Starz HDTV, Starz On Demand, and Starz Ticket, an on-demand premium Internet movie subscription service available on the broadband platform. Starz Entertainment Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, www.starz.com.

Contacts: Chelsye J. Burrows Jonathan Taylor
Starz Entertainment Group The Lippin Group
720.852.5838 323.965.1990
chelsye.burrows@starz.com jtaylor@lippingroup.com

Source: Starz Entertainment Group LLC

CONTACT: Chelsye J. Burrows of Starz Entertainment Group,
+1-720-852-5838, chelsye.burrows@starz.com; or Jonathan Taylor of The Lippin
Group, +1-323-965-1990, jtaylor@lippingroup.com, for Starz Entertainment Group

Web site: http://www.starz.com/

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