Oxygen Media Brings Comedy to Tuesday Nights Premiering "Living with Funny" on April 12 9/8c
Showcasing the Lives Behind the Curtain of Comedians Brandon T. Jackson, DeRay Davis, Michael Blackson, Erik Rivera and Adam Hunter
NEW YORK, NY – March 2, 2016 –Oxygen Media documents the entertaining lives of five rising comedians and the women who share the spotlight with them, in the new half-hour series, “Living with Funny” premiering Tuesday, April 12 at 9 PM ET/PT. Showcasing what happens when these entertainers drop the mic and head home to their family, friends and significant others, the comedic series follows Brandon T. Jackson and girlfriend Denise Xavier, DeRay Davis and girlfriends’ Coco & Caro, Michael Blackson and girlfriend Georgia Reign, Erik Rivera and wife Katie Rivera, along with bachelor Adam Hunter. For these funnymen, the jokes don’t stop just because the show does.
“Whether they are performing on stage or sitting at the kitchen table, these comedians are always ready to entertain,” said Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. ”’Living with Funny’ delivers a glimpse into the at-home lives of five larger than life personalities and the love and relationships that make them who they are. The series gives our young modern audience a front row seat to see the real-life funny that makes it into their acts.”
In the premiere episode, “Living with the Spotlight,” Brandon annoys Denise when he takes her out to lunch and can’t focus on what’s in front of him. Georgia finds a condom in the house and urges Michael to have ‘the talk’ with his son. Deray and his two girlfriends, Coco & Caro, host a house party but he ends up looking like a clown.
About the Cast:
Brandon T. Jackson always knew he wanted to be an entertainer. Growing up in Detroit, he held the title of class clown and grew his passion for comedy and acting by performing at community talent shows and youth nights at his father's church. Most recognized for his role as Alpha Chino in “Tropic Thunder,” his credits also include “Big Momma’s House,” “Thunderstruck” and “Percy Jackson, The Lightning Thief.” When Brandon isn’t on set or on the stage, he is home with his girlfriend, Denise Xavier, a dental hygienist, who wants him to step it up in the romance department. With his career on the rise, Brandon must find a way to share the limelight and successfully balance being a partner and performer.
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, DeRay Davis is one of the industry’s most in-demand comedians, with film and television credits including “Barbershop,” “21 Jump Street,” “Wild N Out” and “Empire.” While juggling a girlfriend and a career can have its challenges, DeRay is faced with double the trouble - with not one, but two girlfriends, Coco and Caro. The ladies try their best to manage DeRay’s larger than life personality, while he attempts to navigate his star power and find time for the women in his life and his teenage daughter Brook.
Born in West Africa, Michael Blackson is the self-dubbed “African King of Comedy” with a global roster of performances and comedy specials. Off the stage, there is never a dull moment in Michael’s personal life, thanks to his four boys and passionate relationship with Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Georgia Reign. They moved in together after only a few weeks of dating and have been acting like a married couple ever since. Despite his professional success, Michael always wants more, but his family and girlfriend seem to take the front seat.
With quick wit, commanding stage presence, charisma and an infectious smile, Erik Rivera has become a favorite act at comedy clubs, events and colleges across the country. Of Puerto Rican and Guatemalan descent, he jokes that he’s not your typical Latino since he grew up in the suburbs of New Rochelle and is “more like a lion who grew up in a zoo.” When most standup comedians are going out to the bar after a show, he heads home to be Mr. Mom and catch up on his sleep. Married to his wife Katie for five years, the duo have a three-year-old son. Erik and Katie share a resilient bond; however their relationship will be tested as they juggle their career goals and family responsibilities.
With an act that is brash, deep and hilarious, New York native Adam Hunter headlines across the country putting his heart and soul into every performance. He was a finalist on season six of “Last Comic Standing,” and appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Chelsea Lately,” “The Late Late Show,” among others. A champion wrestler, Adam also has his hand in the sports world with his “MMA Roasted” podcast which he created to provide comedic commentary to the sport. His career success hasn’t entirely translated to his personal life and this bachelor is still looking for someone to come home to at night. Adam is on a quest to find out what he’s doing wrong in dating and seeks advice from his three-time divorced father and his fellow entertainers.
“Living with Funny” is produced by L. Plummer Media with Lemuel Plummer, Chris Costine and Brandon T. Jackson serving as Executive Producers.
About Oxygen Media:
Oxygen Media is a multiplatform entertainment brand that targets young, multicultural women. The network’s relevant and engaging content reflects how real women with real stories see the world – vibrant, optimistic and bold. Oxygen is the destination where women can come together across multiple platforms to have fun and encourage each other through their individual and collective journeys. The growing network’s unscripted original programming includes “Sisterhood of Hip Hop,” “Pretty. Strong.”, “The Prancing Elites Project,” “Like A Boss,” “Quit Your Day Job” and the popular “Preachers” franchise. Available in over 77 million homes, Oxygen is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs.