Kenan Thompson’s new talent hunt includes virtual reality (TV news report)

New from his party this year hosting the Primetime Emmys, comedian and ‘SNL’ veteran comedian Kenan Thompson He’s back on stage Thursday night in Atlanta, as the thirteenth edition of “Kenan Delivers the Ultimate Comedy Show” kicks off — this time with some new tech wrinkle.

The stand-up comedy quest, which began at the Atlanta Comedy Theater September 22, follows Thompson as he explores talented adult and child comedians in more than 50 cities. Among the new items, across the country (more than 50 major cities).

Thompson has teamed up with Rendered Talent to include a virtual reality option for participants to participate in the metaverse through the “Failed To Render Comedy Club.” In addition, Thompson has partnered with Proto to be able to join live performances through the metaverse as a digital hologram, and attend exhibitions digitally to accommodate his busy schedule via the Proto 4K hologram.

After the Atlanta premiere, the next major city fair will be held in Chicago on October 5.

Also in today’s TV news:


Production started Toby The original movie “Spread” stars Elizabeth Gillies, Harvey Keitel, Diedrich Bader, Brian Craig, Terry Polo, Blake Harrison, Tim Roseon and Keith Walker. The film is taken from Cartel Pictures and is scheduled to premiere in 2023.

Gillis plays an aspiring journalist who gets a temporary job at an adult magazine run by an aging king of industry, played by Keitel, grappling with her ideals as she works to help the company succeed. The film is directed by Ellie Kanner, written and co-produced by Buffy Sharlet, as well as stars Dia Frampton, Jonah Platt and Diora Bird.

The plot is inspired by screenwriter Charlett’s real-life experience as a temporary employee at Hustler magazine, where she eventually rose to become an editor, and is produced by Gillies, and produced by Stan Spry, Eric Scott Woods, and Graem Luis.


TheGrio has announced that “Masters of the Game” will premiere on Friday, September 30 at 8 PM EST/PT and will air the original episodes every last Friday of the month on TheGrio cable channel. Writer and journalist Tori hosts one-on-one talks on each episode, and first guests will feature tennis star Frances Tiafoe in his first full length interview since the US Open and first-ever black female NFL coach Jennifer King.

Future guests on the show will include director Tyler Perry, NBA coach Doc Rivers and Debbie Allen, among others. The show is executive produced by Cash Alexander. Christina Faith also directs and produces.


Canela Media has announced that its new documentary series “Mi Vida,” its second original project featuring celebrity direct stories about their lives, will premiere on November 10.

The first part of the documentary series will air in 2022, and Kate del Castillo will feature in the first episode, with four additional episodes released per week before the end of the year. The second part, consisting of five additional episodes, will begin in the first quarter of 2023. In addition to del Castillo, other stars who will appear in “Mi Vida” episodes include Manolo Cardona, Ludwica Paletta, Gincarlos Canela, Julian Gill, and Roslin. Sanchez, Guy Ecker, Gabe Espino and Danny Trejo.

The ten-episode series was produced by Canela Media in partnership with JK Media Group.


Crackle Plus’ original series “Wedding Talk” with hosts Tara Lipinski, Jose Rollon and Geoff Meyer will begin on October 13 on the streaming service. It will be available exclusively on the Chicken Soup for the Soul and Crackle ad-supported streaming apps, as well as Chicken Soup for the ad-supported Soul TV channel.

Olympic gold medalist and commentator Lipinski will switch from sport to fashion, discussing all about weddings with wedding planner Jose Rollon and leading wedding designer Geoff Meyer during each 30-minute episode of “Wedding Talk.”

The series is produced by Jess Loren, Eric Geisler and Matt Hanna for To Whom It May Concern LLC, and produced by Michael Winter and David Elender for Chicken Soup for Soul Television Group and Rachel Silver of Love Stories TV.


SKDK has announced that Sarah Lyons has joined the company’s New York City office as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Practice. In her new role at the company, she will support corporate, technology and healthcare clients in both SKDK and Sloane.

“Sarah has long supported the work of SKDK’s key healthcare clients as a consultant, and her addition as a full-time Senior Vice President provides us with a fantastic opportunity to spread her expertise throughout our public affairs practice,” said Mike Murray, a partner at SKDK. “Sarah’s prowess as a communications strategist is unparalleled and we are grateful to have her on board.”

Since early 2021, Lyons has worked with SKDK corporate clients in an advisory role supporting healthcare clients. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Corporate Communications for AMC Networks, where she was responsible for developing and implementing internal and external communications strategies to support content, creative deals, advertising sales, data, distribution, and new business.

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