- Comedy Central Records
Comedy Central Records Founded 2002 Founder Jack Vaughn Distributor(s) Alternative Distribution Alliance Genre Comedy Country of origin USA Location New York City, NY Official Website Comedy Central Records
The Label is distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance / Warner Music.
Attitudes to stand-up began to change in 2002 when the channel released an uncensored CD of the network's program "Crank Yankers," which features various human-like puppets making off-color crank calls to one another. The CD ended up selling more than 80,000 copies, turning a nice profit for the network -- and started network management thinking about signing their talent to record deals. Since 2002, Comedy Central Records has gradually increased the number of releases to about 10 a year. The low number limits risk. "We make money on 80% to 90% of our releases," Mr. Vaughn says, noting that most new releases in the music industry lose money. The label's biggest hit so far is Dane Cook's "Retaliation," which opened at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, the best comedy debut since Steve Martin's "A Wild and Crazy Guy" in 1978. The album has since gone platinum with total sales of nearly 650,000, according to SoundScan. 
Since its debut the label has seen sides of both financial and critical acclaim, with releases from Dane Cook, Mitch Hedberg, Jim Gaffigan, Bo Burnham, Lewis Black, Nick Swardson, and Louis C.K. holding spots on the Billboard 200. Along with Grammy wins from Lewis Black and Stephen Colbert
Starting in 2007, the label has been releasing albums exclusively through digital music vendors such as iTunes, and Rhapsody as a way to give lesser known comedians exposure with little risk to the label. Comedians whose albums have been released this way are Josh Sneed, Anthony Jeselnik, Greg Warren, Todd Glass, and Matt Braunger.
Artist Album Award Format Dane Cook Harmful If Swallowed Gold Album Platinum Album Retaliation Gold Album Platinum Album 2x Platinum Album Rough Around The Edges Gold Album Nick Swardson Party Gold Video Longform Platinum Video Longform Bo Burnham Bo Burnham Gold Video Longform Demetri Martin These Are Jokes Gold Video Longform Jim Gaffigan Doing My Time Gold Video Longform
Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
Year Artist Album Result Ref 2006 Lewis Black Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues Nominated 2007 Lewis Black The Carnegie Hall Performance Won 2008 Steven Wright I Still Have a Pony Nominated  George Lopez America's Mexican Nominated  2009 Lewis Black Anticipation Nominated  2010 Stephen Colbert A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Won  George Lopez Tall, Dark & Chicano Nominated 2011 Lewis Black Stark Raving Black Won 
- ^ Arizona Daily Wildcat. "UA alumnus' record label negotiation deal with Comedy Central"
- ^ Comedy Central Corners The Laughs Business, The Wall Street Journal.
- ^ a b COMEDY CENTRAL RECORDS® RECEIVES GRAMMY® AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR STEVEN WRIGHT'S "I STILL HAVE A PONY" AND GEORGE LOPEZ' "AMERICA'S MEXICAN"
- ^ COMEDY CENTRAL RECORDS® RELEASE LEWIS BLACK’S “ANTICIPATION” NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY® AWARD
- ^ COMEDY CENTRAL RECORDS® WINS GRAMMY® AWARD FOR COMEDY ALBUM OF THE YEAR FOR STEPHEN COLBERT’S “A COLBERT CHRISTMAS – THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL!”
- ^ COMEDY CENTRAL RECORDS® WINS COMEDY ALBUM OF THE YEAR GRAMMY® AWARD FOR LEWIS BLACK'S "STARK RAVING BLACK"
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