Black comedy management guru, Rick Sullivan, produces new TV show, ‘Crackin Up’

Rick Sullivan
Rick Sullivan and TV host Lenard “KYD” Jackson

Rick Sullivan Productions has announced the premier of a new comedy showcase TV show named “Crackin Up.” Sullivan is the executive producer for the 30 minute show which will feature new and veteran comedians in front of a live studio audience. Sullivan states, “There is an abundance of talent in the Bay area without national attention or on-screen and exposure opportunity.” Sullivan should know because he is one of the most sought after consultants for comedy production. Sullivan has worked with Russell Simon’s “Def Comedy Jam,”  BET’s “Comic View” and Jamie Foxx’s “Laffapalooza” on Showtime. In addition, he has produced tours for Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer, Chris Tucker, Paul Mooney, Faizon Love and Katt Williams.

The show will be produced at the E-1 Entertainment Complex in Oakland, California, with the first live taping on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014,  at 8:00 p.m., and will air in a half-hour HD format via broadcast and cable television in the Bay area and other markets. It will feature three comedians with periodic guest sets by national headliners and will be hosted by rising actor and comedian Lenard ‘KYD’ Jackson.

The show also will feature the VJTV VeeJettes, who are spokesmodels and TV personalities hosting comedian and audience   interviews. Video production for “Crackin Up” will be provided by VJTV/A Forceful Impact Production, an accomplished entertainment television company. VJTV principal, James C. Earl-Rockefeller III, a longtime partner with Rick Sullivan Presents is co-producer of “Crackin Up” and will serve as it’s on-air announcer.


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Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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