Meredith Vieira Productions (MVP), run by Meredith Vieira and Amy Rapp, develops and produces film, TV, web, and theatre in a diverse range of tones, genres, and budgets. The company's first film RETURN, starring Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, and John Slattery, premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival; their feature documentary THE WOMAN WHO WASN'T THERE was watched by over 6 million viewers, breaking Investigation Discovery's ratings record; and they are the producers of the national tour of the hit Off-Broadway show LIFE IN MARITAL INSTITUTION. MVP is dedicated to producing smart and sophisticated comedies and dramas driven by authentic characters.
Founded in 2004, The New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) is now in its ninth successful year. The Festival – which is produced by Carolines on Broadway – is presented in association with Comedy Central. The week-long laugh fest brings the biggest names in comedy to New York City's most prestigious venues. Among the many comedy luminaries who have performed as part of the NYCF are Denis Leary, Dane Cook, Bill Maher, Tracy Morgan, Joy Behar, Ricky Gervais, D.L. Hughley, Steven Wright, Brian Regan, Howie Mandel, Kevin Hart,Andy Samberg, LOUIS C.K., Joel McHale, Sarah Silverman, Damon Wayans, Artie Lange, Craig Ferguson, Mike Epps, Bill Burr, Steven Wright and Drew Carey, to name a few. The 2012 NYCF will take place from November 7 – 11.