Six original cast members of the popular sketch comedy series return to star, host or direct PROVO, Utah, September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — BYUtv, the home of inspirational family entertainment – available on cable, satellite
Six original cast members of the popular sketch comedy series return to star, host or direct
PROVO, Utah, September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — BYUtv, the home of inspirational family entertainment – available on cable, satellite and free streaming – today announced that the 10th anniversary and 16th season premiere of fan-favorite “Studio C” will be the star comic actor Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”, “The Blades of Glory”). The first episode should be released on the BYUtv app on October 2 at 00:01 MT and on the BYUtv linear network on October 3 at 7 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m./4 p.m. PT. All aired episodes of the show are still available to stream for free on the BYUtv app and BYUtv.org, and skits will continue to be featured on social media.
A viral phenomenon with over two billion views on YouTube and former guest stars, including the Emmy winner Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”, “Kenan”) and Will Forte (“Saturday Night Live,” “The Last Man on Earth”), “Studio C” derives universally beloved humor from everyday life through shareable sketches that offer comedic perspective on mundane scenarios and commentary on culture pop. Since its premiere in 2012, the family-friendly sketch comedy series has successfully created notable characters like Scott Sterlinghosted a special live broadcast in New York City with a sold-out audience and fostered a rotating cast of talented comedians.
“Studio C’ is one of our most beloved legacy series, delivering lots of laughs and uplifting people through comedy,” said Andra Johnson Duke, chief content officer at BYUtv. “This season is filled with fun surprises for longtime fans and newcomers alike, including a special Halloween night featuring a zombie-inspired spin in the show’s opening sequence. To honor our anniversary, from new faces will unite with favorites and iconic characters – a mix of everything that has made the past 10 years of ‘Studio C’ so memorable and enduring.”
Returning this season are the original cast members Jason Gray, Dalton JohnsonGaret Allen and Arvin Mitchell. Megane Rico and Naomi Winders were also promoted to series regulars, while Joe Balanza, Gabby Moore and Jericho Lopez join as newly added cast members. Also back this season is Tori Pencewho was part of the cast from season 8 to season 13.
To celebrate the series’ past, compilation episodes will recap some of the best skits in “Studio C” history, with themes including “Back to School”, “Best of Sports” and “Best of TV Parodies”. . Each special will be hosted by an original cast member, including Whitney Call, James Perry and Stephen Meek, who will also perform in an exclusive digital skit. Some of the original cast members also return behind the camera, with season 16 sketches by Jeremy Warner and Nathalie Madsen.
The first episode of the season will see the cast team up with a special guest star Jon Heder, whose breakthrough role in the 2004 hit comedy “Napoleon Dynamite” catapulted him to stardom. Throughout his career, Heder appeared in many films such as “like heaven,” “Surf’s Up” and “Walt Before Mickey”. He recently performed alongside “Studio C” Jason Gray in the 2021 romantic comedy “Funny Thing About Love.” In the Season 16 premiere, Heder finds himself at the heart of sketches that take him from a hot air balloon ride with a hilarious twist to a trip to a mall that’s out of his control.
New this season will be an exclusive digital addition called “Studio C+” which features cast members interacting with fans outside of sketches. Most recently, the cast helped out young fans with a bake sale held at a local high school and raised money for Hope Squad, an organization that aims to prevent suicide through public awareness and education. “Studio C” is produced by Kaleidoscope Pictures, with Jake Van Wagoner (“Impractical Jokers,” “Show Offs”) returns as showrunner.
“We put a lot of energy into satisfying our social audiences, and it’s fun to see the engagement of our fans as we continue to push the series creatively,” said Van Wagoner. “It was great to reunite with some of our former ‘Studio C’ students. Bridging the gap between the original members and the new cast members was exciting and really made it feel like there was a family’ Studio C’.”
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