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|Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen|
|Created by||Byron Allen|
|Presented by||Byron Allen|
|Narrated by||John Cramer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||(list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Byron Allen|
|Camera setup||Videotape; Multi-camera|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Entertainment Studios|
|Original network||Syndicated (2006–2007, 2014)|
|Original release||September 2006 –|
Comics Unleashed is a half-hour comedic talk show produced by the Entertainment Studios production company (formerly CF Entertainment) and hosted by Byron Allen, with John Cramer as announcer and DJ Cobra or sometimes DJ A1 providing music support.
Each episode begins with Allen delivering a short, usually topical monologue, after which he introduces the night's DJ and the panel of four comedians. Allen sets each comedian up with a prescribed, usually generic premise, at which point the comedian delivers a monologue from their stand-up routine. The separate comedians' monologues seldom tie into each other, but the structure of the show puts the monologues in the loose framework of a panel discussion/talk show.
Several episodes of the series featured an all-black cast, in which case the show was branded as Comics Unleashed: Hot Chocolate. This branding was later edited out of current-day showings.
First-run weekly episodes were originally produced from 2006–07, with repeats still airing in some markets, generally in the very late-night to overnight hours under bulk barter arrangements made for the various series of Entertainment Studios. Repeats of the series continue to air; the copyright notice for the series has since had the year of production stripped out, meaning the only reference that the show was produced a decade earlier is referencing stories and punchlines made in each episode (for instance, a reference to a certain brand and model of dishwasher being recalled timing out to that year). Back-to-back episodes also aired in prime time on MyNetworkTV before it became a programming service.
New episodes were produced and added into the rotation in 2014.
The series can also be found on Byron's Comedy.tv channel.
- Comics Unleashed renewed for two "seasons" despite no new episodes since 2007?, The Comic's Comic, August 6, 2011.
- Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen Renewed on CBS Stations, The Hollywood Reporter, March 13, 2013.
- 'Comics Unleashed' lands on MyNetworkTV, The Hollywood Reporter, April 1, 2009. (dead link)
- "Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen taped new episodes for Fall 2014!". The Comic's Comic. 2014-08-25. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
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