Stand-up comedian Ari Shaffir is about to have a big 2015 with three Comedy Central premieres: the world premiere of one-hour stand-up special Ari Shaffir: Paid Regular debuts Friday, Jan. 16 at midnight, followed by the premiere of storytelling stand-up series This Is Not Happening on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 12:30 a.m. Shaffir rounds it out with the network television premiere of his first one-hour stand-up special Ari Shaffir: Passive Aggressive, on Friday, Mar. 13 at Midnight ET/PT.
Shaffir’s one-hour special, Paid Regular, is a tribute to his origins as a stand-up comic. Shot in the Original Room of The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, California, the special shows Shaffir at home on stage as he explores the “hackiness” of racism, camping on mushrooms, UFC fights on acid, and all the small ways you too can challenge authority.
This Is Not Happening features Shaffir and his comedian friends telling hilarious and true stories in front of a live audience at Cheetahs in Hollywood. Throughout the eight-episode season, comedians including Rob Corddry, D.L. Hughley, Keegan-Michael Key, Bert Kreischer, Marc Maron, Steve Rannazzisi, Joe Rogan and Paul Scheer will tell their favorite, most embarrassing, or just plain funniest true-life tales around topics including drugs, emergencies, Wonder Years, battles, romance, and travel. Each episode features a custom opening that puts Shaffir into a ludicrous situation, dreamed (nightmared) up by madman director Jeff Tomsic. This Is Not Happening originally debuted as a digital series developed by CC:Studios, Comedy Central’s in-house creative initiative for the development of original digital comedy.
Shaffir is a regular panel guest on @midnight and has appeared on Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, both on Comedy Central. He has also been featured on Showtime’s The Green Room with Paul Provenza, Comedy Central’s Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! and HBO’s Down & Dirty with Jim Norton. Shaffir performs stand-up to sold out crowds nationwide and has been featured at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, San Francisco SketchFest, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Here in Austin, Shaffir has performed at South by Southwest and the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival.
Watch a clip from Ari Shaffir’s This Is Not Happening below.
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