The Nacelle Company has announced that Michael Epstein has been promoted to EVP of Comedy Dynamics Records.
Michael rose from coordinator to EVP of Comedy Dynamics Records, and has produced hundreds of physical and digital audio releases for artists such as Dave Chappelle, Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, Chris Rock, David Cross, Maria Bamford, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Pete Holmes, Patton Oswalt, Bill Hicks, Hannah Gadsby, and many more. During his tenure, he launched the Netflix Records vinyl sub-label, produced a dozen Grammy-nominated Best Comedy Albums, including the unprecedented sweep of all five nominations in the Best Comedy Album category for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019, with three wins in the past four years, and he has played a significant role in discovering future comedians via the production of the hit Comedy Dynamics’ original, Coming To The Stage, now in its tenth season.
Amongst his other achievements, he has produced box set collections for Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, and Eddie Izzard, and worked on multiple deals for Comedy Dynamics’ Amazon partnership including Ilana Glazer and Jim Gaffigan.
“Working at Comedy Dynamics over the past five years, this company has changed and grown so much, and it’s been a honor to change and grow with it,” said Michael Epstein.
“Michael is the record industry version of Jamie Foxx in Any Given Sunday; his boss left and no one (but him) knew if he would rise to the occasion. And he did more than rise, he dominated the role and did it with hard work and a calm smile,” said Brian Volk-Weiss, CEO of Comedy Dynamics.
Founded by Brian Volk-Weiss, Comedy Dynamics, a Nacelle company, is the largest independent comedy production and distribution company, producing the reboot of Mad About You featuring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, Netflix’s Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History, Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us, Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape, The CW’s Discontinued, Animal Planet’s Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson, the scripted comedy on Hulu There’s… Johnny!, History’s Join Or Die with Craig Ferguson, MTV2’s Wild ’N On Tour, and Hulu’s Coming To The Stage. Comedy Dynamics began releasing original films in theaters and will release the acclaimed independent film Slut in a Good Way in Spring of 2019. In 2017 the Comedy Dynamics Network (CDN) was launched and currently distributes specials, television shows and films to all major transactional platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, Google, PlayStation, Xbox and many major telco & satellite providers, including AT&T, Comcast, Charter, Dish, and Verizon. The company has worked with a wide range of established and emerging comedic talent including Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Ali Wong, David Cross, and many more. 17 Comedy Dynamics releases have been Grammy-nominated (with three wins), including all 5 in the Comedy Album category for the 61stAnnual Grammy Awards.