The creation of Comedy Central was actually a small business inside a bigger business. Specifically, HBO. Getting a radical idea off the ground when no one else thinks it’s a good idea is a big challenge.
Join me as I interview Art Bell, the creative mind behind Comedy Central. Hear the fascinating story behind the scenes. Hard work, dedication, and commitment to the cause are typical for start-up entrepreneurs. So it was here too.
Listen for key themes like:
- Doing the background work for new ideas
- “Intrapreneurship” – starting a business in a business
- Getting fired from the business you started
Art Bell is a writer and former media executive known for creating, building, and managing successful cable television channels. His memoir, published by Ulysses Press, Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor was honored as a finalist in the 2020 Best Book Awards in both the memoir and business categories.
While working at HBO, Art pitched the idea of a 24-hour comedy network and helped develop and launch HBO’s The Comedy Channel, which became Comedy Central. He went on to hold senior executive positions in both programming and marketing. After leaving Comedy Central, Art became President of Court TV, where he was a guiding force behind one of the most successful brand evolutions in cable television. In addition to writing, Art plays piano and jazz drums, and co-hosts “The Constant Comedy Podcast with Art Bell and Vinnie Favale.”
Links for Art:
Doug’s Social Media:
First Book “The Uncommon Commodity” https://theuncommoncommodity.com/
Jobs Book “STRIVE” https://strive.dougthorpe.com
Trust Book: “Trust at Work” https://trustatwork.online