5. Melting Pot
The Presenter: Amish Patel
The Pitch: A global sketch comedy show inspired by personal stories that takes a microscope to cultural clashes, featuring man-on-the-street interviews. “A cross between Chappelle’s Show and Tosh.0.”
Kevin Hart Says: “The best thing that you’re saying is ‘global.’”
The Presenter: David Meritt II
The Pitch: The misadventures of a group of young, talented, black men in Hollywood — “Trying to date, trying to make it happen, sleeping in your car, having the lights turned out.” Entourage meets The Hangover.
Kevin Hart Says: “You’re looking at something that comes off as a television show that people are simply doing themselves, because they understand how now. And that’s the beauty of the internet.”
7. One Night Only
The Presenters: Jonas Diamond and Jeremy Diamond
The Pitch: Classic standup bits — from comedians dead or alive — set to original animation (the example they presented was an animation of Richard Pryor’s Playboy Bunny bit).
Kevin Hart Says: “Genius. Genius. That’s a great concept.”
8. Off Color
The Presenters: Naomi Steinberg, Ryan Ling, Kara Welker, Nimesh Patel (Patel went up alone, though: “I told my white people to sit down.”)
The Pitch: “Black and white people are going to war. And brown people have to choose. It feels like mom and dad are getting divorced: Dad’s really cool, but Mom’s got all the stuff.” Comedians who are neither black nor white tell their stories about growing up in America in the mushy middle.
Kevin Hart Says: “That’s taking a simple thought and making it so amazing. That’s the Jerry Seinfeld effect.”
9. The Dating Game
The Presenter: Sterling Scott
The Pitch: The classic game show, but with a modern twist – adding social media interaction, featuring people of all genders, sexualities, and ethnicities.
Kevin Hart Says: “There’s something about your goddamn essence, man. I don’t know what it is, but you make me fucking laugh.”
10. The Review
The Presenter: Abdul Butt
The Pitch: A news magazine show featuring unscripted, “undercover” interviews with real subjects, like The Daily Show interview segments.
Kevin Hart Says: “The video did it justice.”