Press Release: Digital channel studio and content syndicator Best Ever Channels, together with leading comedy management, production, and venue operator, The Stand Group, Inc., have announced its brand-new FAST channel, WITZ-Comedy TV, will debut November 2022 with new original series and standup comedy specials featuring some of the best names in comedy, including Sal Vulcano, Ari Shaffir, Big Jay Oakerson, Laurie Kilmartin, Rich Vos, Bonnie McFarlane, Bret Ernst, Yannis Pappis and more.

WITZ Original Series – including “Upstairs at The Stand,” “Passed,” “Would You Bang Him,” “NYC Comedy Under Lincoln Center,” “The Riff” and “WITZ-Bitz”– will join a curated comedy programming lineup to also feature Vos’ “ANONYMOUS,” an introspective new comedy special and the first production ever shot at an NA Convention. Additional new comedy specials will include Laurie Kilmartin’s “45 Jokes About My Dead Dad,” which the New York Times called “a story of complexity and nuance and emotional power.”

WITZ-Comedy TV has partnered with Angry Buddha, a seasoned TV producer and New York City based production company, to produce its slate of specials and original programming for the WITZ network. The partners will also develop and offer exclusive WITZ-Comedy TV branded programming to platforms and advertisers. Additionally, WITZ’s Jonathan Schwartz, former Maverick Films and Relativity Media executive, will work alongside Angry Buddha, producers, and talent to develop additional new series, features, and formats for the network.

“We’re creating a FAST 2.0 channel with WITZ-Comedy TV,” said Barry Gordon, Co-CEO of BEC.  “The Stand’s talent relationships coupled with Angry Buddha and Jon’s production chops make for a winning team that will drive WITZ as the new comedy destination, and a brand that’s chock-full with original content, attitude, and fresh energy.”

“Rich Vos is pioneering new territory with his comedy special ANONYMOUS. We’ve always wanted to explore new and unhindered ways to present standup and we’ve found it,” said Cris Italia, Partner at The Stand Group. “WITZ allows us to create a home for formats that might have not been accepted elsewhere making it a true pioneer in comedy. No one in streaming media or linear is taking things to this level. We’re talking about comedy formats well beyond just standup, all with top notch talent.”

“I’ve had several specials over the years, but nothing that went to these depths,” said Vos. “With The Stand and WITZ, not only am I creating something original, but I know my audience will grow because our visions are aligned.”

WITZ-Comedy TV’s debut slate of originals include:

WITZ will continue to add original series and programs each month throughout 2023, to include in-studio talk shows, a satire news desk, sports programming, and sketch in addition to premiering more standup half hour and full hour specials.