A docuseries titled Phat Tuesdays, which aims to celebrate the untold story of black comedians at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles in the 1990s, will premiere on the streaming platform Prime Video on February 4.
The three-episode docuseries tells the story of Phat Tuesdays’ journey at The Comedy Store, an influential comedy showcase that helped launch the careers of some of the industry’s most famous black comedians today.
The founder and host of Phat Tuesdays – comedian, writer and actor Guy Torry serves as an executive producer, along with producer Reginald Hudlin, who also directed the series.
Phat Tuesdays tells the story of how Torry moved mountains to launch an all-black comedy night at The Comedy Store.
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“I can’t wait for the world to experience the story of Phat Tuesdays. It was more than an evening of laughter – it was a movement. Phat Tuesdays was black, bold and brilliant. It was the best fucking comedy show, period,” Torry said in a statement on Thursday.
According to the streamer, Phat Tuesdays is the inspiring story of how a “little experiment to help black comedians turned into a must-see triumphal experience after the tragedy of the LA 1992 riots”.
“The showcase regularly brought together people from all walks of life – icons and ex-con, stars and starlets, pros and regular Joes – for one purpose, laughter, and became the most popular comedy show in Hollywood in the ’90s,” read the comment.
Hudlin said Torry has created a venue where the next generation of comedy superstars can launch their careers “against all odds.”
“Phat Tuesdays tells that story and much more. They’re the funniest people on earth who explain comedy from every perspective as an art form, as a business and as a force for social change,” Hudlin said.
Torry, along with a lineup of world-renowned comedians and personalities including Anthony Anderson, Tichina Arnold, Nick Cannon, Dave Chappelle, Snoop Dogg, Cedric the Entertainer, Tiffany Haddish, Steve Harvey, Lil Rel Howery, Regina King, Jo Koy, Luenell, Flame Monroe, Jay Pharoah, Craig Robinson, JB Smoove, Chris Tucker and Kym Whitley, among others, will “share memories, laughs and tributes to an evening at The Comedy Store that changed the comedy landscape forever,” the note added. ready.
The docuseries features exclusive interviews with comedians and celebrities who attended – on stage or in the audience – and never-before-seen footage of legendary comedy sets from the past.
Vernon Sanders, head of television at Amazon Studios, said the team is proud to celebrate the legacy of Phat Tuesdays and spotlight Torry for his “groundbreaking efforts” to give black comedians their turn on stage.
“The stories and first-person accounts that Reggie Hudlin and Guy help present in this docuseries are not only hilarious and entertaining, but also powerful, celebrating how the black community came together to develop comedy and entertainment,” Sanders added.
Phat Tuesdays is produced by Amazon Studios, Original Productions, Phat Tuesday Productions and Grammnet Productions.