12 april 2021
Art shares his journey from having the inspiration over thirty years ago that the world needed a 24-hour comedy channel. This eventually became, with a tremendous amount of struggle and perseverance, the Comedy Channel of HBO. Later, this was merged with a competitor and Comedy Central was born. His memoir, “Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor,” has recently been published. We talk about the inspiration to write the book, his new podcast and even get into the importance of comedy and satire in our society today.
Art Bell is a writer and former media executive known for creating, building, and managing successful cable television channels. His memoir, published by Ulysses Press, Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor was recently honored as a finalist in the 2020 Best Book Awards for memoir.
While working at HBO, Art pitched the idea of a 24-hour comedy network and helped develop and launch HBO’s The Comedy Channel, which became Comedy Central. He went on to hold senior executive positions in both programming and marketing. After leaving Comedy Central, Art became President of Court TV, where he was a guiding force behind one of the most successful brand evolutions in cable television. In addition to writing, he plays piano and jazz drums.
Buy his book on Amazon or major bookstores: https://www.amazon.com/Constant-Comedy-Started-Central-Sense/dp/1646040899/
Check out his own podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/nl/podcast/constant-comedy-with-art-bell-vinnie-favale-season-1/id1559804362?l=en
We spoke about MST3K on the podcast. Learn more about it here: https://mst3k.com/. There are also videos on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFzph9x-n9FR52BI94Zfgww
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