Six original cast members from the popular sketch comedy series return to perform, host or direct
PROVO, Utah, September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — BYUtv, the home of inspirational family entertainment — available via cable, satellite and free streaming — today announced that the 10th Anniversary premiere of fan favorite “Studio C” Season 16 will be starring a comedic actor becomes Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”, “Blades of Glory”). The premiere episode is expected to be released on the BYUtv app 2 Oct at 00:01 CET and on the linear BYUtv network 3 Oct at 7 p.m. ET/5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT. All aired episodes of the show are always free to stream on the BYUtv app and BYUtv.org, and sketches continue to be featured on social media.
A viral phenomenon with more than two billion views on YouTube and past guest stars including Emmy winners Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”, “Kenan”) and want forte (“Saturday Night Live,” “The Last Man on Earth”), “Studio C” derives well-loved humor from everyday life through shareable skits that offer a comical perspective on everyday scenarios and commentary on pop culture. Since its premiere in 2012, the family-friendly sketch comedy series has successfully created outstanding characters Scott Sterlinghosted a live special in NYC to sold-out audiences and fostered a rotating cast of talented comedians.
“Studio C’ is one of our favorite legacy shows that delivers lots of laughs and uplifts people through comedy,” he said Andra Johnson Duke, Content Director at BYUtv. “This season is filled with fun surprises for lifelong fans and newcomers alike, including a Halloween night special featuring a zombie-inspired opening sequence from the show. To honor our anniversary, fresh faces will join forces with returning favorites and iconic characters – a blend of everything that has made the last 10 years of ‘Studio C’ so memorable and enduring.”
Original cast members return this season Jason Grey, DaltonJohnsonGaret Allen et al Arvin Mitchell. Megan Rico and Naomi Winder were also promoted to series regulars along the way Joe Balanza, Gabby Moore and Jericho Lopez join as recently added leads. Also this season is there again Tori Pencewho was part of the cast from season 8 to season 13.
Celebrating the show’s past, compilation episodes will recap some of the best sketches in Studio C history with themes like Back to School, Best of Sports and Best of TV Parodies. Each special is hosted by an original cast member, including Whitney call, James Perry and Stefan Meek, who will also appear in a digital exclusive skit. Some of the original cast members are also returning behind the camera, with season 16’s sketches being directed by the director Jeremy Warner and Natalie Madsen.
In the first episode of the season, the cast team will reunite with a special guest star Jon Heder, whose breakout role in the 2004 hit comedy Napoleon Dynamite catapulted him to stardom. During his career, Heder has acted in many films, including “Like in heaven,”, “Surf’s Up,” and “Walt Before Mickey.” He recently starred alongside Studio C Jason Grey 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 shopping spree beyond his control .
New this season will be a digital exclusive supplement called Studio C+, where cast members interact with fans outside of sketches. Most recently, the cast helped younger fans with a bake sale at a local high school and raised money for Hope Squad, an organization dedicated to preventing suicide through public awareness and education. “Studio C” is produced by Kaleidoscope Pictures, with Jake Van Waggoner (“Impractical Jokers”, “Show Offs”) returns as showrunner.
“We put a lot of energy into catering to our social audience, and it’s fun to see the engagement of our fans as we continue to creatively push the show forward,” he said Van Wagener. “It was great to have some of our ‘Studio C’ alumni back with us. Bridging the gap between the original and newer cast members was exciting and really made it feel like there was a ‘Studio C’ family.”
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