Al Madrigal Signs Multi-Year Overall Deal with CBS Studios

Al Madrigal is lookin’ to develop new projects for CBS Studios

The 50-year-old half-Mexican American comedian, writer, actor and producer has signed a multi-year overall deal with the studio to develop new series for broadcast, cable and streaming services.

Al Madrigal

Madrigal is currently co-writing, producing, and starring in Guerrillas, a CBS Studios-produced single-camera comedy from Madrigal and Jenny Snyder Urman’s Sutton Street Productions in development at ABC. The series revolves around a lonely efficiency expert (Madrigal) for an oil company who gets kidnapped in South America and ends up working for a disorganized group of guerrilla soldiers to earn back his freedom.

“We are delighted to make our relationship with Al official,” said Kate Adler, EVP Comedy Development, CBS Studios. “We have been fans of his comedy for years. Al is an extraordinary talent both behind and in front of the camera. We are convinced there is nothing he can’t do…aside from speak proficient Spanish. He tells us he’s working on that.”

Madrigal is one of today’s most successful comedians, credited with breaking down barriers for Latinos in the industry and crossing over to become a writer, producer and entrepreneur.

Madrigal and fellow comedian, Bill Burr, co-founded All Things Comedy (ATC) Over the past five years, ATC has created a digital video platform, original podcasts, production company, comedy record label, television and feature distribution, and a social media consultancy and branded content agency. It’s currently the leading comedy podcast network featuring shows hosted by some of the industry’s top comedians and has over 15 million listeners and 50+ shows.

On television, Madrigal is best known as the Senior Latino Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a series regular and writer on Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, and served as a writer, actor, and producer on the CBS show, Broke.

Madrigal’s film credits include his standout role as Dan the assistant basketball coach in The Way Back, with co-star Ben Affleck for Warner Bros. Madrigal has also been seen in Night School, alongside Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, and next year, he will play Agent Rodriquez in Sony’s Morbius, alongside Jared Leto.

Madrigal’s stand-up career took-off when he won a jury award for best stand-up comedian at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. He went on to sign a talent holding deal with CBS, which led to his special, Comedy Central Presents. Madrigal went on to complete his first one hour special, Why Is the Rabbit Crying?. The special premiered on Comedy Central and was named one of the top 10 comedy specials of 2013 by both Westword and The Village Voice. In 2017, his critically acclaimed one-hour special, Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy premiered on Showtime.

“I’m excited to continue to collaborate with David, Kate, Alec, Sean and everyone at CBS Studios to write and produce stories that have largely been absent from television,” said Madrigal. “I’m of course talking about overweight white guys married to women way out of their league.”

Al Madrigal to Star in Disney’s “Stargirl” Sequel

Al Madrigal has a new Star-ring role…

The 49-year-old half-Mexican American actor will star in the Julia Hart-directed Disney feature sequel to Stargirl.

Al Madrigal 

Madrigal, best known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, joins a roster of cast newcomers that includes Sarayu Blue, Chris Williams and Nija Okoro.

Stargirl 2 follows Grace VanderWaal’s title protagonist as she journeys out of Mica into a bigger world of music, dreams and possibility.

The script is based on the original character from Jerry Spinelli’s bestselling book. VanderWaal will write and perform new original music for the sequel.

Hart co-wrote with her husband Jordan Horowitz.

The four new actors join a cast that includes Uma Thurman (Roxanne Martell, a musician who Stargirl idolizes), Judy Greer (Stargirl’s mom), Judd Hirsch (Stargirl’s neighbor Mr. Mitchell), Elijah Richardson (Stargirl’s beau Evan) and Tyrel Jackson Williams (Terrell, Evan’s older brother).

Madrigal will play Iggy, the MC at a local music club. Blue will play Alex, an up-and-coming film producer.

Madrigal feature credits include The Way Back, Night Schoolthe upcoming Marvel/Sony movie Morbius and the television series I’m Dying Up HereAbout a Boy, Free Agents and Gary Unmarried.

Sanz to Perform at This Year’s SXSW Comedy Festival

Horatio Sanz is migrating South by Southwest

The 47-year-old Chilean-born American actor and comedian will perform at the annual South by Southwest Festival in Texas as part of the tenth edition of the SXSW Comedy Festival.

Horatio Sanz

Sanz, best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998–2006, joins a lineup that includes Bob Odenkirk, Whitney Cummings, Michael Ian Black and Wanda Sykes.

The festival, which runs from March 10-17, will also feature an appearance by half-Mexican American comedian Al Madrigal, who was a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

“Over the last ten years, our goal has been to provide a space for promising comedic performers to collaborate with luminaries shaping the comedy world, and it’s been incredible to watch SXSW’s unique gathering of talent lead to successful projects and lasting relationships,” said Charlie Sotelo, Head of SXSW Comedy Festival. “We hope you’ll join us to celebrate some of comedy’s brightest minds and discover some new favorites.”

Below is a list of SXSW comedy participants and specials.

SXSW Comedy Participants
Al Madrigal, Andrew Santino, Big Jay Oakerson, Bob Odenkirk, Bonnie McFarlane, Brendon Walsh, Chris Hardwick, Dan Harmon, Dave Hill, Doug Benson, Doug Stanhope, Dulce Sloan, Glenn Wool, Eddie Pepitone, Guy Branum, Horatio Sanz, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Mantzoukas, Jessica McKenna, Joe DeRosa, Joel Kim Booster, John Hodgman, Jon Gabrus, Liza Treyger, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Matteo Lane, Michael Ian Black, Morgan Murphy, Nate Bargatze, Nick Swardson, Nick Thune, Nicole Byer, Phoebe Robinson, Rich Vos, Robert Kelly, Sasheer Zamata, Scott Aukerman, Scott Thompson, Sean Patton, Shane Mauss, Shaun Diston, Tim Dillon, Tom Lennon, Wanda Sykes, Whitney Cummings, Wyatt Cenac, and more to come.

SXSW Comedy Festival Special Programs Featuring
Above Average, @midnight, ASSSSCAT, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Doug Loves Movies, Doug Stanhope and Friends, HarmonQuest, Improv4humans, The Laugh Button Live w/ Gotham Comedy Club, My Wife Hates Me, Night Train, Talk Show the Game Show, What’s Your F@%kin’ Deal? and more.

Delgado Smith Co-Hosting Fusion’s New Sports Talk Program “Sports Talkers”

Rebecca Delgado Smith will be talking sports in the near future.

The Puerto Rican comedian/actress in Fusion’s new “outrageous” half hour of sport-talk mayhem, Sports Talkers.

Rebecca Delgado Smith

The new series reportedly takes sports commentary to the next level, according to the network.

Set in what Fusion described as “tricked out suburban basement,” Delgado Smith and two fellow members of the Harvard Sailing Team comedy troupe, Adam Lustick and Billy Scafuri, will combine elements of talk radio, late-night comedy and improve performance to create what Fusion, called “a moth-balled quilt” that begins with sports and ends with “Talkers.”

“This show will do for talking about sports what talking about sports has done for sports,” said David Javerbaum, the former EP and head writer for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart who is overseeing content for Fusion’s nightly block of satire programming.

Fusion is the new ABC/Univision joint venture debuting Monday.

Delgado Smith’s credits include television appearances on The League and New Girl, as well a role in Paranormal Activity 3.

Madrigal to Perform at the “Funny Or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival”

Al Madrigal is preparing to a bring a little comedy & curiosity to several cities in the United States.

The 41-year-old Latino stand-up comedian and actor is set to appear at Funny Or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival.

Al Madrigal

Along with Madrigal, the 13-city comedy tour – sponsored by LiveNation – will include comedy routines from Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords, Brody Steven, Chris D’Elia, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Jim Jefferies, John Mulaney, and Kristen Schaal.

The Funny Or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival will run from August 23 to September 22.

Madrigal is a regular correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He previously co-starred in the Gary Unmarried and has been a regular performer on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and has also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Here’s a look at the dates for the event:

Fri 23-Aug       Austin, TX       austin360 Amphitheater

Sat 24-Aug     Houston, TX    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
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Sun 25-Aug    Dallas, TX        Gexa Energy Pavilion

Fri 30-Aug       Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion

Sat 31 Aug      Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater

Sun 1-Sep      Detroit, MI       DTE Energy Music Theatre

Fri 6-Sep         Camden, NJ     Susquehanna Bank Center

Sat 7-Sep       Holmdel, NJ     PNC Bank Arts Center

Sun 8-Sep      Mansfield, MA   Comcast Center

Fri 13-Sep       Denver, CO     Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

Sun 15-Sep     Irvine, CA        Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Fri 20-Sep       Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater
Sun 22-Sep Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion

Sheen’s “Anger Management” to Air in Great Britain

Charlie Sheen’s latest television project is headed across the pond…

Comedy Central UK has acquired the exclusive British broadcast rights to the 46-year-old part-Spanish actor’s new FX series Anger Management.

Charlie Sheen

The announcement comes only a week after the show’s U.S. premiere on the cable network drew 5.47 million viewers, becoming cable’s most-watched primetime scripted comedy series premiere in total viewers and the adults in the 18-49 demo.

The deal was reached with Lionsgate International, which is selling the show overseas. The company has already made deals in Canada, Latin America, Germany, Scandinavia, Benelux, Australia, New Zealand and Poland.

It’s one of two shows announced for the fall on Comedy Central UK, which already airs Sheen’s former series Two And A Half Men and fellow U.S. shows 30 Rock, South Park, The Office, Friends and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.

Rocca’s CBS News Role Expanding…

Mo Rocco is taking on a larger role at CBS News…

The 42-year-old half-Colombian comedian, writer and political satirist has been named a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the network’s other news programs, CBS News has announced.

Mo Rocca

Rocca—known for his satirical news reports and commentary— has served as a contributor for the news and entertainment program since 2006. But he’ll now be reporting for other CBS News broadcasts as well as continue reporting for CBS Sunday Morning.

“His title is correspondent, but we see Mo, as we see all our Sunday Morning contributors, as a ‘columnist,’ bringing his own unique – and it is unique – perspective to everything he does,” says CBS Sunday Morning executive producer Rand Morrison.

The former The Daily Show with Jon Stewart regular’s work includes commentaries on politics and pop culture, cover stories, features and profiles.

“I loved doing television field pieces and I’ve done a lot of them,” has previously stated Rocca about his reporting. “If you combine The Daily Show with The Tonight Show with my gig on Sunday Morning, I see them all as part of one continuum in a way. Three- to six-minute stories with my point of view… and participating in one degree or another in the story … I love doing that.”