Billy West Comes to Boston Comic Con 2013

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Boston Comic Con is excited to welcome voice actor Billy West to the convention on August 3-4, 2013 at the Seaport Trade Center!! Billy is best known for his portrayal of Philip J. Fry, Prof. Farnsworth, and Dr. Zoidberg on the cartoon Futurama. In addition he is the voices of Ren & Stimpy, the iconic Red M&M, and many, many more!! Billy West appears courtesy of Image Meet & Greet.

Other Boston Comic Con 2013 Guests include: Neal Adams, Brian Azzarello, Mark Bagley, Kristin Bauer, Mark Chiarello, Tony Daniel, Dan Didio, Colleen Doran, Ming Doyle, Laurie Holden, Phil Jimenez, Ed McGuinness, Mike Mignola, Terry Moore, Steve Niles, Dean O’Gorman, Shelli Paroline, George Perez, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Craig Rousseau, Tim Sale, Scott Snyder, William Stout, Adrian Turner, Bill Willingham, and many, many more!

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Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for the weekend and available through Eventbrite at the link!

About Boston Comic Con:

The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s rescheduled convention will be held Saturday August 3rd and Sunday August 4th opening at 10:00 am each day at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

John DiMaggio Hosts I Know That Voice Panel at SDCC 2013

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The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con convention announced the star cast and crew of the revolutionary new documentary “I Know That Voice” will host a panel for more than 175,000-plus comic book fans from around the world on July 18, 2013. John DiMaggio (“I Know That Voice” Executive Producer and voices of Bender from Futurama, Jake the Dog from Adventure Time, IFC’s Out There and many more) brings together the documentary’s cast, producer and director to expose an exclusive sneak peak at the most anticipated film about voice over ever made at The World’s Biggest Comic Book Convention™.

iktvThe 2013 San Diego Comic-Con panel will feature insider clips and a Q&A session with John DiMaggio, Billy West (Futurama, The Ren & Stimpy Show), Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants, Brickleberry) Rob Paulsen (TMNT, Pinky and the Brain), Dee Bradley Baker (Legend of Korra, Clone Wars, Ben 10, American Dad), Fred Tatasciore (Hulk, Ben 10, Mad), Andrea Romano (25-time Emmy nominated, 8-time Emmy winner for Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and more), Tommy Reid (Producer) and Lawrence Shapiro (Director).

From comic book junkies and animation maniacs to video game gurus and anyone who has ever been touched by cartoons, rumor of this film’s release has left fans filled with anticipation. Growing at a steady pace, more than 2,100 fans have joined the VIP Insider List and pre-ordered the DVD. With YouTube videos garnering 800,000-plus views and hundreds of Cartoon Voice Imitation Contest submissions pouring onto the documentary’s Facebook page, this film is gearing up to reveal to the world the mysterious lives and humor of some of the greatest voice actors of all time.

To add to fans’ growing excitement, every 100th person to join the VIP List on the documentary’s website will be announced and will win a limited collector-edition poster autographed by John DiMaggio. Not only will VIP List members get the latest news on the film, but they will also have first dibs to pre-order the DVD and get their hands on a copy before it hits the market.

“We’ve been absolutely bombarded with fans’ anticipation on social media since word slipped out,” said John DiMaggio. “San Diego Comic-Con is the perfect place to raise the bar and be accessible to the fans so they can ask us anything and everything they are dying to know about the project, the voice acting industry and more.”

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The extensive all-star cast of more than 100 talented actors behind cartoon voices also features Matt Groening (The Simpsons), Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy), Tara Strong (The Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony) and Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh).

Got a great cartoon voice impression? The “I Know That Voice” Cartoon Voice Imitation Contest is accepting submissions to its Facebook page until July 31, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. PST. The Top 3 submissions will be selected and personally announced by DiMaggio and the “I Know That Voice” team on August 5 and will win a copy of the DVD, signed by DiMaggio and a poster signed by some of the “I Know That Voice” star cast. Participants from across the globe are encouraged to post a 1-minute-or-less video to the Wall and must “Like” the page to be reviewed. Contestants can impersonate any cartoon(s) ever made.

Producer Tommy Reid said “I Know That Voice” will break new ground and give cartoon lovers of all ages and places a light-hearted, in-depth look into an industry that other films have only scratched the surface. “This documentary not only features the voices behind some of the world’s most beloved cartoons, but it also draws back the curtains into the lives of the unsung heroes whose voices have captivated millions of people’s hearts.”

The outspoken, unpredictable characters on the “I Know That Voice” panel will spill the news at San Diego Comic-Con on July 18, 2013, from 4:45-5:45 p.m., in Room 6BCF.

For exclusive photos, videos and news on “I Know That Voice,” visit the website and Facebook page.

Follow the documentary on Instragram @iknowthatvoicemovie and #iknowthatvoice.

Watch the first trailer and second trailer on YouTube.

The full cast list can be found on IMDb

About the “I Know That Voice” Team
John Di Maggio, Tommy Reid and Lawrence Shapiro’s combined chemistry and strengths came together to form the groundbreaking “I Know That Voice” documentary. Stated by Tommy as “a true labor of love,” the film took two years to make, collected extensive interviews and compiled never-before-seen footage making “I Know That Voice” truly one-of-a-kind of its subject matter. Emmy-nominated and Annie award winner John Di Maggio is known for his iconic role as “Bender” in Futurama and “Jake the Dog” in Adventure Time, as well as his roles in The Penguins of Madagascar, Gears of War, Kim Possible and more. Tommy Reid is a renowned producer of films including Kill The Irishman, Americans, Superthief: Inside America’s Biggest Bank Score, Danny Greene: The Rise & Fall of the Irishman and Strike. “I Know That Voice” Director Lawrence Shapiro directed films including Jam in the Dam, Los Lobos, Kiko Live, The Marshall Tucker Band: Carolina Dreams Tour and Blue Cheer: Rocks Europe.

Awesome Con D.C. 2013 Welcomes Billy West, Ernie Hudson, and Phil LaMarr

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Awesome Con D.C. Announces Celebrity Guests

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb 14, 2013 – Awesome Conventions LLC welcomes Billy West, Ernie Hudson, and Phil LaMarr to the Washington Convention Center for the first annual Awesome Con D.C. on April 20-21, 2013.

Billy West is best known as Philip J. Fry on the TV show Futurama and the voices of both Ren Höek and Stimpson J. Cat on the classic cartoon series Ren and Stimpy. Fans will immediately recognize Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore from the Ghostbusters movie franchise. Phil LaMarr, an original cast member of MadTV, is currently the voice of Hermes Conrad on Futurama and Baxter Stockman on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series.

Over fifty comic creators will join these celebrity entertainers at Awesome Con D.C., including Larry Hama (GI Joe), Justin Jordan (Strange Talent of Luther Strode), John Ostrander (Star Wars), Steve Conley (Bloop), Greg LaRocque (Flash), SL Gallant (GI Joe), and Jeff Shultz (Archie).

“Fans will have an opportunity to get autographs, photos, and artwork from some of their favorite actors and comic creators,” said Ben Penrod, event coordinator for Awesome Con D.C. “Special guests will be involved in some of our dozens of panels, workshops, and special events during the Con,” he added.

Tickets are on sale now, and will be available at the door. To buy tickets or to learn more about Awesome Con D.C., check out www.awesomecondc.com.

Awesome Con D.C.: A Comic and Pop Culture Festival for the District!

SF – Futurama LIVE

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Good news! The cast and crew of Futurama will be live on-stage, performing scenes and screening freshly smuggled, world-premiere footage from the upcoming all-new 2013 season on Comedy Central on Saturday, January 26th at 1:00 pm. But wait, there’s more! Have a burning question that only a qualified professional Futurama cast member can answer? Try your luck at the cast Q&A, moderated by series Producer Lee Supercinski. Scheduled to appear are cast members Billy West (Fry, Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan), John DiMaggio (Bender), Maurice LaMarche (Kif, Morbo, Lrrr), Lauren Tom (Amy Wong), and Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad).

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest

Cobb’s Comedy Club
915 Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 928-4320

CA – Voices For the Shores

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Tom Kenny hosts an all-star reading of “A Christmas Carol” featuring voice over legends including: Jeff Bennett, Corey Burton, Jim Cummings, Grey DeLisle-Griffin, Jess Harnell, Rob Paulsen, Tara Strong, Kari Wahlgren, Billy West…..and MORE special guests! They are raising moeny to donate to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. For additional donations the entire cast will sign autographs plus there will be a silent auction. Don’t miss it!

When: Sunday 12/09/12 3:00 PM

Click here for Tickets $40

18 & over

Two items minimum per person
Seating First Come First Serve
All Shows Have Adult Content
Door Time: 02:15 PM

Jon Lovitz Comedy Club
1000 Universal Studios Blvd #222, Universal City, CA 91608

Sac-Con This Weekend with Billy West & More

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Sac-Con is this Sunday June 3rd at the Scottish Rite Center in Sacramento (6151 H Street).  10am – 5pm.  Admission is $6 at the door.  Meet great guests like:

Billy West – The voice Futurama’s “FRY”, “REN AND STIMPY” and More!  

Vince Locke – Artist & Co-Writer of “DEADWORLD”    

Dan Brereton – The Nocturnals, Red Sonja   

Tone Rodriguez – Simpsons Comic Book Artist

Mark Bode – Miami Mice, Heavy Metal, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  

and more!  

Pre-Register for Sac-Con for only $4.00  

Check out some of our great events at the show:

Cosplay Costume Contest

Classic Video Game Tournament

Huge Vendors Room

12pm Charity Auction

Panels/Q & A’s with our guests as well as the  Sac Geeks 

Free Yugioh & Magic Tournaments

Console Game Room

and more!

Sac-Con (June 2012)

Sacramento Comic, Toy and Anime Show

Convention Name
Sac-Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.sac-con.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/03/2012
About This Convention
The Sacramento Comic, Toy and Anime Show (Sac-Con) is a celebration of Pop Culture Entertainment specializing in Comic Books, Toys, Video Games, Japanese Animation, Costuming and much more! The show features over 100 vendors tables as well as a small press/artists alley highlighting local amateur artists and self published comic book creators. Events include a 1pm Charity Auction benefitting local charities, 4pm Cosplay Costume Contest, Video Game Tournaments, Art Contest and Panels/Workshops. Special Guests include voice actor Billy West (the voice of Ren and Stimpy, Doug, Futurama’s Fry, Bugs Bunny and more), zombie artist Vince Locke and many more. 
Venue Name and Address
Scottish Rite Center
6151 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
120
Projected Attendance
1200
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Collectibles
Guests
Billy West, Vince Locke, Mark Bode, Tone Rodriguez

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20th Century Fox TV Schedule for SDCC 2011 Announced

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Via Deadline:

THURSDAY, JULY 21:

Napoleon Dynamite: Original cast members from the hit indie film, Jon Heder,Tina MajorinoEfren RamirezJon GriesSandy MartinDiedrich Bader and Executive Producer Mike Scully (The Simpsons) present a new series following your favorite awkward teenager like you’ve never seen him before – animated!  Join us for a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of the newest member of FOX’s Animation Domination lineup and a “sweet” Q&A session.

Awake: Since the trailer was unveiled at NBC’s upfront presentation in New York, this spellbinding sci-fi drama about the power of the mind from the brilliant creators Howard Gordon(24) and Kyle Killen (The Beaver) has been one of the most eagerly anticipated series of the 2011-12 season. While most viewers will have to wait months to sample this series about a detective Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) desperately straddling two realities as he copes with immeasurable grief, Comic-con fans will get an exclusive first look at the entire first episode of the series, and an audience with Gordon, Killen and star Isaacs.

FRIDAY, JULY 22:

Bones: Creator/Executive Producer Hart Hanson, Executive Producer Stephen Nathan and Stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel will be on hand to discuss the shocking finale of Bones season 6 as well as what’s in store for Booth and Brennan in an exciting season 7!  Hart Hanson will also introduce the audience to the stars of The Finder, his new Fox series premiering in January, followed by fan Q&A.

Bob’s Burgers: Creator/Executive Producer Loren Bouchard and Executive Producer Jim Dauterive and Bob’s Burgers cast H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal, will be on hand to entertain animation fans with hilarious never-before-seen clips from season two followed by a fan Q&A.

SATURDAY, JULY 23:

Terra Nova: Star Stephen Lang (Avatar), executive producer Rene Echevarria (Castle, Medium, The 4400, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), executive producer Brannon Braga (24, Star Trek: Enterprise) and co-executive producer Jose Molina will finally unveil this epic adventure series 85 million years in the making, set to premiere this September on Fox. This new event drama from the brilliant minds of Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, The Pacific) and Peter Chernin follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a part of a massive expedition to save the human race.

Futurama is back!  Again!!!  On stage will be Creator/Executive Producer Matt GroeningExecutive Producer David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, Calculon, Morbo).  Get a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of Futurama reincarnated as Japanese anime, along with a thrilling preview of this summer’s all-new season on Comedy Central. Plus more!  Much more!  Moderated by Bill Morrison.

The Simpsons: Now entering its record-annihilating 23rd season on Fox, and airing its landmark 500th episode on February 19, 2012, The Simpsons has won 27 Emmy awards, was the subject of an international film smash in 2007, inspired a ride you ride again at Universal Studios, and Homer Simpson was named the greatest television character of the last 20 years by Entertainment Weekly. Get an insight into the daily doings of this series from Creator Matt Groening, Showrunner Al Jean, Co-Executive Producer Rob Lazebnik, Co-Executive Producer Matt Warburton, Supervising Producer Mike Anderson and Producer/Panel Moderator Tom Gammill.

Family Guy: Join Alex BorsteinSeth GreenAdam West (Batman) and executive producers Mark HentemannSteve Callaghan and Kara Vallow for a sneak peek at the all-new episode “Stewie Goes For A Drive” featuring voice guest star Ryan Reynolds followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

American Dad: Catch a preview of the season seven premiere of American Dad, featuring guest star Cee-Lo Green as a signing hot tub, followed by a Q&A with cast members Wendy SchaalScott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane and Dee Bradley Baker and executive producers Mike BarkerMatt Weitzman and Kara Vallow.

SUNDAY, JULY 24:

GLEE: Join Creator/Executive Producer Ryan Murphy and Creator/Executive Producer Brad Falchuk and stars of the sensation Glee for a tuneful sneak peek at never-before-seen footage and behind-the-scenes secrets, followed by a Q&A session in which fans can ask everything they ever wanted to know about the Golden Globe winning musical series hot off its blockbuster international concert tour.

Allen Gregory: Join Creator/Executive Producer and star Jonah Hill (Superbad, Get Him to the Greek) Showrunner David Goodman (Family Guy), and Creators/Executive Producers Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul along with an all-star voice cast for a sneak peek at FOX’s new animated series that tells the story of the most pretentious 7-year-old of our time.  Glimpse exclusive Allen Gregoryanimation followed by a fan Q&A session.

The Cleveland Show: Join the cast and executive producers for a look at The Cleveland Show’s not-to-be-missed parody of Die Hard followed by a discussion with panelists Mike HenrySanaa LathanKevin Michael Richardson,Reagan GomezRich Appel and Kara Vallow.

 

OH – Free Comic Book Day 2011

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Nicholas Brendon, Billy West, Chris Sprouse, Steve Scott, and many more sign on May 7th, 2011.

Press Release:

Join us for 10th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day, loaded with actors, writers, artists, wrestlers, superheroes and of course free comic books! A festival of activities and games along with face painting and fun in the bounce house. Of course Nerd Night will be following FCBD in the evening!

Details, tickets for meet & greet and bio’s can be found on our blog!

Actors:

Nicholas Brendon (Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy, Howard Stern Show)
Nick Jones (John Stewart in Green Lantern live action movie)

Hang with The Dudes during an exclusive bowling meet & greet. Details can be found on our blog.

There is a small fee for autographs. You are welcome to bring your own item to have them sign it, but you will also be able to select from their photos. We will also have photo opportunities available with both Billy & Nicky. For $35 you can get your photo taken with them and get a personal autograph.

Artists:
Steve Scott
Chris Sprouse
Josh Medors
JD Larabee
Uko Smith
Scott D. Simmons
Victor Dandridge
Sean Forney
Joshua Peters
Lora Innes
Joel Jackon
James Moore
Jamie Snell
Dirk Manning
Molly Durst
Todd Beistel
Doug Hufford
Eric Adams
Max Ink
Seth Lyons
Matthew Swift
Bob Corby
Stephanie Forney

Nerd Night:

Live Wrestling

Charity Comic Book Poker Tournament (Billy & Nicky may be playing a few hands)

Open gaming

Bands Include:
Nerd Table
Seven Book Trilogy
The Out
Hubris
The Fritz

Packrat Comics
3864 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 527-8450

Comedy Central at SDCC 2010 with Futurama and Ugly Americans

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COMEDY CENTRAL® Gets Animated at Comic-Con® International 2010 in San Diego with ‘Ugly Americans’ and ‘Futurama’ Panels and COMEDY CENTRAL Live @ Comic-Con from the House of Blues

“Ugly Americans” Panel On Friday, July 23 From 10:00-11:00 A.M. With David M. Stern (Showrunner And Executive Producer), Dan Powell (Executive Producer), Jeff Poliquin (Supervising Producer), Devin Clark (Producer And Series Creator), Aaron Augenblick (Director Of Animation), And Cast Members Matt Oberg, Kurt Metzger And Randy Pearlstein “Futurama” Panel On Saturday, July 24 From 12:45-1:30 P.M. With Executive Producers Matt Groening And David X. Cohen, Cast Members Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, And Maurice LaMarche, Writers Ken Keeler And Patric M. Verrone, Director Crystal Chesney-Thompson And Animation Producer Claudia Katz COMEDY CENTRAL Live @ Comic-Con From The House Of Blues Is A Free Comedy Event Hosted By Pete Holmes On Saturday, July 24 From 7:00-9:00 P.M. With Performances By Maria Bamford, Adam DeVine, Chris Gethard, Kurt Metzger, Matt Oberg, Randy Pearlstein, Horatio Sanz And Nick Swardson

NEW YORK, July 1 /PRNewswire/ — COMEDY CENTRAL will have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con again this year. The schedule includes: an “Ugly Americans” panel on Friday, July 23 from 10:00-11:00 a.m., a “Futurama” panel on Saturday, July 24 from 12:45-1:30 p.m. and, capping it all off on Saturday, July 24 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., the network will present, COMEDY CENTRAL Live @ Comic-Con, a free comedy event as part of COMEDY CENTRAL’s House of Comedy Live from House of Blues series, hosted by Pete Holmes (“Ugly Americans”) and featuring talent from COMEDY CENTRAL’s newest shows.

– Friday, July 23: “Ugly Americans” panel (Room 25ABC)

10:00-11:00 a.m. Join David M. Stern (Showrunner and Executive Producer), Dan Powell (Executive Producer), Jeff Poliquin (Supervising Producer), Devin Clark (Producer and Series Creator), Aaron Augenblick (Director of Animation), Matt Oberg (voice of Mark Lilly), Kurt Metzger (voice of Randall Skeffington) and Randy Pearlstein (voice of Leonard) for a behind-the-scenes look, a sneak peek into the return of new episodes in October, Q&A and more of COMEDY CENTRAL’s new original animated series. One audience member will be selected to be drawn into an upcoming episode.

– Saturday, July 24: “Futurama” panel (ballroom 20)

12:45-1:30 p.m. Join the cast and crew in celebrating “Futurama’s” triumphant re-return to the airwaves! World-premiere footage will offer an exciting and informative glimpse of Comic-Con in the year 3010. Panelists include Executive Producers Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, and Maurice LaMarche, writers Ken Keeler and Patric M. Verrone, and director Crystal Chesney-Thompson and animation Producer Claudia Katz.

— Saturday, July 24: COMEDY CENTRAL Live @ Comic-Con from the House of Blues

7:00-9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) Comedian Pete Holmes (“Ugly Americans”) will host a special evening of free comedy including exclusive sneak peeks from COMEDY CENTRAL’s new shows and more with performances by “Ugly Americans” cast members Maria Bamford, Kurt Metzger, Matt Oberg and Randy Pearlstein; Chris Gethard and Horatio Sanz, stars of the new series “Big Lake,” premiering Tuesday, August 17; Nick Swardson, whose new series “Pretend Time with Nick Swardson” premieres Tuesday, October 12; and Adam DeVine from the forthcoming series “Workaholics” (1Q 2011). The House of Blues is located at 1055 5th Avenue and attendees must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink.

“Ugly Americans,” a new original animated comedy series, with two million total viewers, returns with new episodes on October 6 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The series follows Mark Lilly (voiced by Matt Oberg), a social worker at the “Department of Integration,” as he helps new citizens, both human and “other,” adapt to hectic life in New York City. There are easier tasks than weaning vampires off blood, socializing land-whales and housebreaking werewolves, but Mark is up to the challenge. Between his stressful job, a zombie roommate and a demon girlfriend, Mark’s lucky if he can sneak in a few minutes of sleep. But who can sleep when there’s a drop-dead gorgeous mermaid sitting at the bar?

David M. Stern, Series Developer and Executive Producer, began his career writing for “The Wonder Years” during its first three seasons. He went on to serve as a producer on “The Simpsons” during the first four seasons where he wrote many memorable episodes. He has served as a co-executive producer on the premiere season of the USA hit series ‘Monk,” as well as a co-executive producer on the Fox series “Oliver Beene.”

Series-creator Devin Clark has been involved with a broad range of television projects including work with HBO, MTV, Nickelodeon, TCM and The Cartoon Network, applying his design and narrative skills to everything from network graphics to traditional cartoons. His films and animation have been featured in Stash magazine, Animation Block Party, Rooftop Films, Ottawa Film Festival, Platform and Atom Films.

Stern and Daniel Powell are the Executive Producers of “Ugly Americans.” Aaron Augenblick serves as Animation Director, with animation by Augenblick Studios and Cuppa Coffee. Lisa Leingang is the executive in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.

Currently, new episodes of “Futurama” air on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. ET/T on COMEDY CENTRAL. The Emmy® Award-winning animated sci-fi comedy series made an out-of-this-world return on Thursday, June 24, 2010 with 2.9 million total viewers, becoming the highest-rated and most-watched season premiere for an animated series on cable with the exception of “South Park.”

The series follows the life of Philip J. Fry (Billy West), a pizza delivery boy who accidentally stumbles into a freezer on December 31, 1999 and wakes up a thousand years later. In his future home of New New York City, Fry goes to work for the Planet Express Intergalactic delivery company, where he befriends Bender (John DiMaggio), a booze-fueled robot, and sets his romantic sights on Leela (Katey Sagal), a sexy cyclops who enjoys beating him up.

“Futurama,” created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen, is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television, with multi-Emmy® Award-winning Rough Draft Studios, Inc. contributing the animation.

20th Century Fox Television, a division of News Corp., is a leading supplier of entertainment content domestically and around the world.

In February 2010, COMEDY CENTRAL, the preeminent brand in comedy, and Live Nation, the world’s premier live entertainment company, announced the launch of COMEDY CENTRAL’s House of Comedy Live from House of Blues, a COMEDY CENTRAL branded stand-up showcase in House of Blues venues nationwide.

COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 98 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of VIACOM Inc.’s (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL’s Internet address is www.comedycentral.com. For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL’s press Web site at www.comedycentral.com/press.

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