‘Studio C’ announces first live tapings in New York City

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“Studio C” has a Big Apple announcement. The sketch comedy group is taking its act on the road to film two live tapings in New York City.

Besides filming live from outside of Utah for the first time, Emmy-nominated “Saturday Night Live”comedian Kenan Thompson will join “Studio C” as a guest host. “Studio C – Live from NYC” will take place in New York City at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET. The sketches filmed in New York will be edited for a one-hour television special that will serve as the season 9 premiere of “Studio C” on BYUtv, which will be broadcast on Monday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. MT.

“Comedy that is not only appropriate for the entire family to enjoy together but also engaging and compelling is uncommon and difficult to achieve,” said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv, in a press release. “For years, ‘Studio C’ has been delivering this kind of experience to families around the globe, so we are thrilled that Kenan Thompson, who has made an illustrious career in clean comedy, will be joining the cast. ‘Studio C – Live from NYC’ will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for passionate fans and their entire families to see the cast perform in person and enjoy a night of comedy together. The television special will capture the excitement of the live New York City performances and can be enjoyed by the entire fan base.”

“Studio C” reaches national audiences with its clean sketch comedy show made appropriate for families. The group, which has 13 comedians, has more than 1 billion views on YouTube.

Thompson will return for his 16th season on “Saturday Night Live” this fall. In 1994, Thompson made his television show debut on Nickelodeon’s all-kid sketch comedy series “All That.” In 1996, Thompson along with his “All That” co-star Kel Mitchell debuted on a spin-off show, “Kenan and Kel.” Besides his television career, Thompson has appeared in multiple feature films including “Fat Albert,” “D2: The Mighty Ducks,” “Good Burger,” “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “Brother Nature,” “Heavyweights,” “My Boss’s Daughter,” “Barbershop 2,” “Going in Style, ” “They Came Together” and “Snakes on a Plane.”

In April, “Studio C” announced it would return to live tapings after taking a break in order to produce some higher quality videos.

Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com for $10, $20 and $30 in late July. Attendees must be at least 8 years old. The proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Metro New York, the organization that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

In conjunction with the NYC tapings, “Studio C” is hosting a giveaway, which will open for submissions on Saturday morning. The giveaway includes airfare, hotel, tickets the NYC show with backstage passes and tickets to the Broadway show, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Learn more on BYUtv.org.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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