Due to Covid-19, Turner Networks and CBS could not air their annual NCAA Basketball programming. Now, TBS has concocted another bracket-style program featuring comcis. TBS ‘Tournament of Laughs’ will feature a bracket-style comedy face-off with a bunch of comics who will participate with self-filmed material.
The WarnerMedia-owned outlet has green-lit seven episodes of Tournament of Laughs that will feature 32 comics going head-to-head. Jason Sudeikis, SNL alum, will serve as host and color commentator for the remotely produced series, which premieres June 21.
“We may be without some of our favorite sports right now but we can still partake in some fierce rivalries,” said Brett Weitz, general manager of TNT, TBS, and truTV. “These comics promise to bring the funny each week, but the audience will get to decide who gets the last laugh.”
Each week, the comics will film, produce and star in their own videos, ranging from stand-up sets to song parodies and whatever else they can dream up. Viewers will vote on the winner of each matchup until the final, when a panel of comedy experts will crown the winner.
Comedians set to take part include: Jeff Ross, Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Judah Friedlander, Michael Rapaport, Jim Norton, Fortune Feimster, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Natasha Leggero, Cameron Esposito, Godfrey, The Sklar Brothers, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Josh Wolf, Clayton English, Yamaneika Saunders, Gina Yashere, Tim Dillon, Moshe Kasher,Jessica Kirson, Paul Rodriguez, Sarah Tiana, Matteo Lane, Beth Stelling, Vladimir Caamano, Ian Edwards, Aida Rodriguez, Megan Gailey, Preacher Lawson and Piff The Magic Dragon, with two additional performers still to be named.
The production will also make donations to the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Black Lives Matter.