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Oglio Entertainment Signs with CXA as Newest Comedy Label


21 July 2010. Philadelphia, PA – Oglio Comedy, a division of The Oglio Entertainment Group, Inc. is the newest addition to join the ranks of CXA Comedic Labels. Oglio is a seventeen-year-old independent label based in Torrance, California. “Oglio is excited to be a part of this exciting movement to compensate comedic writers whose recorded works are used on terrestrial radio. In our current entertainment industry climate, revenue streams like this are crucial for the growth of the industry and for the continued support of our comedic talent.”

While dealing in both music and comedy, Oglio features releases by comic heavyweights such as Rob Schneider, George Lopez, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, Red Peters and Andy Dick. Oglio is distributed in the United States by Fontana Distribution (a division of Universal) and internationally by INgrooves. Oglio will receive royalty payments for terrestrial airplay of its roster by joining CXA, the new non-profit performing rights organization that provides royalties for comedic writers and labels whose works are used on AM / FM and other terrestrial radio broadcasts.

CXA is pleased to work with Oglio, which boasts an innovative artist-friendly collaborative approach to the entertainment business. Comedy Exchange Association registers both labels and comedic writers. For more information, please contact CXA at 267.232.1300 or at



Comedy Central Records Signs with CXA


COMEDY CENTRAL Records will receive royalty payments for terrestrial radio airplay of its extensive collection of Comedy by signing as a CXA label. The success of COMEDY CENTRAL Records coupled with the rights granted by CXA marks a momentous occasion in the comedy world. “We’re excited to be working with Comedy Exchange – creating a new revenue stream and ensuring that our artists receive royalties often overlooked in the world of spoken word standup,” says Jack Vaughn, Vice President in charge of COMEDY CENTRAL Records.

COMEDY CENTRAL Records releases have received an enormous amount of critical acclaim including recent Grammy® nominations for Best Comedy Album for Stephen Colbert’s “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!” and George Lopez’ “Tall, Dark & Chicano.” COMEDY CENTRAL Records releases from “Crank Yankers,” Dane Cook, Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black, Mitch Hedberg, Demetri Martin and Bo Burnham have all held positions on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart for multiple weeks. In 2007, Dane Cook’s “Retaliation” reached Double Platinum sales levels and “Harmful If Swallowed” hit Platinum.

COMEDY CENTRAL Records has had spectacular growth during its first five years, which coincided with the depths of the worst-ever record industry downturn, and saw its 2006 revenue more than double — a remarkable achievement that flies in the face of the overall music industry’s trend of double-digit annual decreases. COMEDY CENTRAL Records is distributed by ADA (Warner) in the US, UK and Europe; by Warner in Canada, and by Shock in Australia. For more information, please contact CXA at 267.232.1300 or



Summer Comedy Festivals

While Just for Laughs wraps up in Montreal this weekend, check out the other summer comedy festivals bringing laughs across the US this summer:

Long Island Comedy Festival in Long Island, NY – July 17-August 28

Shadowbox Sketch Comedy Festival in Columbus, OH – July 20-21

Newport Summer Comedy Series in Middletown, RI – July 25-August 13

Nantucket Comedy Festival in Nantucket, MA – July 28-31

Milwaukee Comedy Festival in Milwaukee, WI – July 29-August 1

Atlanta Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA – July 30-31

Hampton Beach Comedy Festival in Hampton, NH – August 8-10

Comedy Improv Throw Down in Harrisburg, PA – August 13-15

Cincinnati Brew Ha-Ha! in Cincinnati, OH – August 27-28

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, TX – August 31-September 6

Photo by C. DeWolf.



CXA Comedian John Mulrooney Brings Comedy for a Cause


01 June 2010

John Mulrooney, civilian funnyman and now combat comedian, is also the first official comedic writer registered by CXA. John returned this week after again being deployed under orders from the Pentagon to entertain our troops in the Middle East. Joining John on his “Lock, Loaded and Laughing Out Loud, The Incoming Comedy Tour,” were veteran comedians Richie Minervini and Vinnie Mark. Says John, “My most humbling experience is being treated like a hero by real heroes.” This summer John brings levity to the US as one of the Hosts of the ground-breaking new Donkey Comedy Radio Network.

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