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FilmRise Acquires Streaming Rights to ‘Gotham Comedy Live’ Stand-Up Specials

FilmRise is expanding its comedy offering with the acquisition of stand-up specials from “Gotham Comedy Live.” The New York-based distributor June 1 announced it has acquired the SVOD and AVOD streaming rights across the FilmRise Streaming Network, including the FilmRise Comedy app.

The deal includes exclusive expansive AVOD and SVOD rights to 127 Gotham Comedy Live specials. Each special features a highly recognizable stand-up comedian filmed live in front of an audience at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Performers include the best names in comedy including the late Gilbert Gottfried, Janeane Garofalo, Susie Essman, the late Louie Anderson, Margaret Cho, Sandra Bernhard, David Alan Grier, Mario Cantone, Lewis Black and the late Norm Macdonald, among others.

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“Comedy is something we can always enjoy more of,” Max Einhorn, SVP of co-productions and acquisitions for FilmRise, said in a statement. “We are excited to bring laughter to fans old and new of these brilliant comedians through this iconic brand of stand-up.”

The deal was negotiated by Jonitha Keymoore, VP of global content acquisitions at FilmRise, and Ariel Shnerer, VP of business development at Anthem Sports & Entertainment.

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