MTV2 today announced that its newest comedy series, “MTV2’s Joking Off,” will premiere Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by stand-up comedian and actor DeRay Davis, “MTV2’s Joking Off” is a hilarious, fast-paced, half-hour comedic game show where teams of jokesters test their improv skills against the wildest social media memes, tweets, Instagram images and videos to deliver laugh out loud reactions and out-joke the competition. Click here to watch a first look of the new series.
“Everyone should watch ‘MTV2’s Joking Off’ because you need it in your life – you’ll be empty without it,” said DeRay Davis. “It will fill your funny void. It’s like the sugar in your Kool-Aid.”
“This show celebrates the most ridiculous aspects of social media,” said Paul Ricci, Senior Vice President, Head of Development and Production for MTV2. “Watching these talented comics and improv gurus target the most roast-worthy gifs, pictures, videos and profiles, is hilarious.”
The teams are made up of the best up-and-coming comedians and improv performers, which consist of rotating series regulars Dave Ebert, Desus Nice, The Kid Mero, James Davis, Matt Pavich, James Manziello, Kristen Acimovich, Liza Treyger, Matteo Lane and Mike Camerlengo. Throughout the season, “MTV2’s Joking Off” will also feature guest appearances by Charlamagne, Timothy DeLaGhetto, Lil Duval, Jon Gabrus, Tanisha Long, Donnell Rawlings, Chris Distefano, Damien Lemon, Jordan Carlos, Monroe Martin, Shalyah Evans, Mike Winfield, Stephen Guarino, Awkwafina and Mac Lethal.
In each episode, three teams of two comedians compete in improv games inspired by Internet memes, photos, video and texts. Games include “Ok Stupid,” where performers make up dating interests inspired by fake profiles on our ‘Ok Cupid’ parody site, “Textify,” in which scenes are created out of awkward text conversations and “If They Could Talk,” in which the comics create dialogue from funny animal videos. To conclude each episode, the two members of the final team remaining compete head-to-head in an epic prank call contest, “Call You Out,” to decide the one jokester that will reign supreme.