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NDTV Prime launches docu series ‘Stand Up Planet’

MUMBAI: NDTV’s hybrid business and infotainment channel NDTV Prime has launched a two-part comedy documentary series ‘Stand Up Planet’ in partnership with KCETLINK.

The special series will be aired as part of the channel’s comedy time band at 10 pm on 17 and 24 May. The travelogue will be hosted by L.A based Indian American comic Hasan Minhaj and will take viewers on a quest to find some of the best humour from across the world.

NDTV Prime has partnered with KCETLink, the national independent public media organisation (USA).

NDTV Group CEO Vikram Chandra said, “We at NDTV have always strived towards providing global quality content to our viewers and the association with KCETLink’s original comedy special Stand Up Planet is yet another step towards achieving this. Comedy is gaining great popularity in India and through the platform of NDTV Prime; we will showcase the best in the genre to our viewers.”

Along the way, Minhaj follows the jokes and personal experiences of international comics bringing out the hard truth of a lot of the global poverty issues.

With a group of comedian friends including Nate Bargatze, James Adomian and Michelle Buteau, Minhaj invites one comic from India and one from South Africa to take part in performing in an international comedy and television show in Hollywood, after meeting comedy legend Bill Cosby.

Its website will also provide viewers with special behind the scenes content along with ways to learn, share information and take action on global poverty in India and South Africa.

Stand Up Planet is funded by a grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and produced by independent broadcaster KCETLink in association with Kontent Films.

The television elements are directed by David Munro, and the project’s executive producers are Wendy Hanamura, Caty Borum Chattoo, Paul S. Mason, Craig Minassian, David Munro, Xandra Castleton, Mark Decena and Teri Heyman. Munro and Castleton are also the TV programme creators.

The project’s transmedia executive producers and directors are Caty Borum Chattoo and Wendy Hanamura. The special is being distributed nationally in US by KCET, Link TV and Pivot TV.