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Yahoo Debuts New Fall Comedy Lineup and Launches Mobile and Desktop Video Experiences

September 9, 2013


New Partnership with Viacom Brings Clips from Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, South Park and More to Yahoo

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, Yahoo debuted its Fall Comedy Lineup including all episodes of eight original web series, the entire Saturday Night Live clip archive and clips from Viacom's Comedy Central and MTV shows, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and more. More than 1,000 hours of comedy content and 5,000 clips are available today on mobile with a brand new Yahoo Screen app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (download here) and online on the refreshed Yahoo Screen desktop experience (

First announced at Yahoo's 2013 Digital Content NewFront, the new comedy web shows feature top comedic talent including Jack Black in Ghost Ghirls, John Stamos in Losing It With John Stamos, Ed Helms and Zachary Levi in Tiny Commando, Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris in We Need Help and many others in a variety of comedy genres. Adding to Yahoo's comedy lineup is the entire 38-season archive of Saturday Night Live clips, along with clips from the current season. The Saturday Night Live clips and several of the new original shows will be available on Yahoo sites around the world.

With its new Viacom partnership, Yahoo is also bringing some of the most popular Comedy Central and MTV shows' clips to Yahoo Screen. On Monday, September 9, clips from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and MTV News will be available on Yahoo Screen. Additional Viacom programming, including clips from South Park, as well as several MTV and Comedy Central shows, will launch in October 2013. Together with the exclusive digital clip archive of SNL, Yahoo Screen now offers access to some of the most storied franchises in comedy history, on any device.

Yahoo is the first advertising-supported digital distributor to release this volume of content at one time, giving users a "marathon viewing" experience. Energizer(R) is the presenting sponsor for Tiny Commando, with the Energizer brand integrated throughout the show -- from Energizer(R) batteries powering the Tiny Commando cars to show appearances by the iconic Energizer Bunny(R).

The new Yahoo Screen app, also launched today, was designed to make watching videos on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch as easy as turning on a TV. Videos start playing immediately upon opening the app and flow seamlessly from one clip to the next. Channel-based premium content mirrors consumer daily habits with categories that include Popular, Comedy, Food, Celebrity, Gaming, Sports and others, populated by a growing list of premium partners.

The refreshed Yahoo Screen website ( drives discovery, marathon viewing and sharing. The new site also offers expanded channel options and opportunity to personalize the experience. Yahoo originally launched Screen in 2011 as a hub for premium original content; it has since housed several hit web series, including the 2013 Emmy-nominated Burning Love (

"Watching videos online has become part of people's daily routines, and comedy has always been a big draw," said Erin McPherson, Yahoo vice president and head of video. "Content of this caliber deserves a great showcase, and Yahoo Screen is just that--a true destination where our users will be able to discover, watch and share not only first-rate comedy, but a wide variety of other engaging video. While this effort is just the beginning of building a world-class, multi-platform video experience for our users, it demonstrates our goal: to marry beautiful products, cutting-edge technology, and compelling content to create unique experiences for users."

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-- Full show descriptions and links to show pages are available below -- Embed codes for the first episode of each show are available below -- Images for the shows are available by request. Email: -- Images of the Yahoo Screen app and desktop experience available at: -- Download link for the Yahoo Screen app:!-screen/id694865999?ls=1&mt=8

Yahoo Fall Comedy Lineup Show Descriptions

The entire 38-season archive of Saturday Night Live clips exclusively, along with clips from the upcoming season.

Clips from Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and more.

Ghost Ghirls (debut) - Ghost Ghirls is a web comedy series following the antics of two best friends, Heidi (Amanda Lund) and Angelica (Maria Blasucci), who work as paranormal investigators. Each episode details the bumbling adventures of the hilarious duo as they attempt to solve other-worldly cases while not tripping over themselves in the process. The show was created by Drunk History's Jeremy Konner, along with stars Lund and Blasucci. The 12-episode paranormal procedural was directed by Konner and co-produced by Jack Black's Electric Dynamite and Shine America.

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Losing It With John Stamos (debut) - From Executive Producers Morgan Spurlock and John Stamos, Losing It With John Stamos takes a hilarious look back at celebrities' first times. With the help of some artistic re-imagining, viewers learn that the entertainers we know and love lived the same awkward, embarrassing years we all did. Featured guests include Michael Ian Black, Alan Cumming, Perez Hilton, Olivia Munn, Adam Pally, Michael Rapaport, Bob Saget, Matt Stone, Casey Wilson and more. (Produced by Warrior Poets) tml

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Tiny Commando (debut) - Created by Ed Helms and Jacob Fleisher and directed by Ryan McFaul (NTSF:SD:SUV), Tiny Commando is an action-packed comedy starring Zachary Levi as a 4-inch tall former Navy SEAL tragically shrunk in a military experiment. With his sidekick Mitzi (Gillian Jacobs), Tiny uses his fleet of awesome mini vehicles to fight crime and battle his mortal enemy, Cesar Pequeno (Helms). (Produced by Principato-Young Entertainment)

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We Need Help (debut) - Cheryl Hines' and Rachael Harris' We Need Help may take place in the world of the rich and semi-famous, but it centers around a situation common to almost everyone: a terrible job. Max is a struggling actor and needs work (and just one good showbiz connection wouldn't hurt either). He's agreed to take the job of being a personal assistant to actresses and friends Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris (playing - kind of - themselves in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm). Needing the money to take classes, eat, and pay the rent, he's willing to do things no 23-year-old man would ever do and keep his integrity intact. (Produced by Vuguru and Principato-Young Entertainment) tml

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The Fuzz (debut) - The Fuzz is a scripted buddy-cop comedy set in a world where humans live alongside their puppet counterparts, and puppet crime runs rampant. This story is about a puppet cop and his lazy human partner fighting against the odds to battle the violent drug war that's engulfing his city. (Produced by Vuguru and 3 Arts Entertainment).

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SketchY! (season 3) - The video series that brought viral sensations such as We're Not Young, Downton Arby's and Yogurt Birth Control, returns! Each week features a totally different sketch from some of the funniest comedians in the business. (Produced by Principato-Young Entertainment)

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Sports Friends (season 2) - Sports Friends is a comedic animated series that parodies hilarious conversations between professional athletes. Written and performed with a unique comedic voice akin to a young Seth MacFarlane, Sports Friends humanizes iconic athletes as they discuss pedestrian topics like how cool it would be to win a championship title, or how much they love hitting home runs.(Produced by Mutsack)

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