The fourth season of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour premieres August 22 at Midnight immediately followed by a second episode. Up first are comedians Liza Treyger and Hampton Yount respectively. The specials were filmed at The Royale in Boston and they showcase some of the best up-and-coming stand-up comedians. Fourteen episodes in all including the aforementioned as well as Tone Bell, Michelle Buteau, Sean Donnelly, Phil Hanley, Randy Liedtke, Joe List, Sam Morril, Barry Rothbart, Andrew Santino, Beth Stelling, Brooks Wheelan, and Andy Woodhull. In addition and for the first time ever, Comedy Central Records will also release stand-up comedy albums from six of the 14 comedians’ specials. The albums will be released the same week as the selected comedian’s televised show premiere. The selected six are Liza Treyger, Michelle Buteau, Randy Liedtke, Sam Morril, Sean Donnelly and Andrew Santino. Here’s a little more insight into each record release and it’s subsequent comedian:
Liza Treyger – August 21
Liza was born in the former Soviet Union, raised in Skokie, Il, and spent close to six years doing stand-up in Chicago before moving to New York City in 2014. She was a standout performer at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal last summer and has appeared on Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central and Chelsea Lately. Treyger can currently be seen on MTV 2’s Joking Off and her web series How Many Questions.
Michelle Buteau – September 4th
Fresh from the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Michelle Buteau can also be seen on this season’s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central’s own Premium Blend and Paramount Comedy Network’s The World Stands Up show. She was a favorite at this year’s Bumbershoot Arts Festival and HGTV’s 25 Worst Mistakes series can’t get enough of this hot talent. Michelle has also shared more then her opinions on VH1’s Best Week Ever, MTV’s Walk of Shame, and the Oxygen Network’s Kiss & Tell series. Check out the latest issue of Glamour magazine where Michelle dispenses ‘..some hilarious..’ dating do’s and don’ts. When she isn’t touring the country performing at colleges, Michelle hosts Travelzoo Unleashed for Travelzoo.com.
Randy Liedtke – October 9th
Originally from Oregon, Randy Liedtke has one of the tightest tushies in the biz. He now lives in Los Angeles where he is constantly cracking folks up, honestly! There’s a chance you saw him doing stand-up comedy one time, and you were laughing like crazy! He is one half of the amazing podcast The Bone Zone, along with Brendon Walsh.
Sam Morril – October 23rd
Sam has appeared on Conan, Gotham Comedy Live, and The Artie Lange Show, and hosts the Moonlighting comedy podcast. He is also featured weekly on MSG’s The Bracket, where he discusses New York sports. In 2013, he performed in the New Faces showcase at the Just For Laughs comedy festival, and he was previously named a Comedy Central Comic to Watch and the winner of the Laughing Skull Festival. He can be heard on SiriusXM radio, and he performs regularly in New York City.
Sean Donnelly – November 13th
When he’s not catching a nap with his bulldog, Rickles, Sean Donnelly can be found headlining clubs all over New York, including Caroline’s, Gotham, Stand Up NY, The Stand and Greenwich Village Comedy Club. He has appeared on MTV’s World of Jenks and FOX’s Red Eye. Sean was a Comic Stand-Off finalist at the Magners Comedy Festival, performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, was a semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival competition and performed at Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival. He co-hosts the podcast My Dumb Friends with fellow comedian Dan St. Germain and hosts a weekly show at the Alligator Lounge in Brooklyn, NY. Sean can most recently be seen on Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central.
Andrew Santino – November 27th
Andrew Santino is most known for starring in ABC’s comedy Mixology. Currently, Andrew can be seen in Yahoo’s first digital series, Sin City Saints, which he stars in along side Tom Arnold and Malin Ackerman. Andrew recently hosted the red carpet for Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber and was one of Comedy Central’s 10 Comics to Watch. Santino headlined at Montreal’s Just For Laugh comedy festival as well as SXSW. Andrew got his start acting and writing on the final season of Punk’d for MTV and his stand up television debut was on Adam Devine’s House Party. Since then, he has been on Conan, and has guest starred on Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, on Netflix’s Arrested Development, HBO’s Family Tree, NBC’s The Office, and FX’s The League.