In 1988, a young, mid-level employee named Art Bell pitched a novel concept—a television channel focused on just one thing: comedy—to the chairman of HBO, Michael Fuchs. Vinnie Favale came on board shortly after and, together with a team of seasoned cable network executives, they launched The Comedy Channel on November 15th, 1989. The station would later merge with MTV’s competing comedy network, HA!, and Comedy Central was born.
In our conversation we talk about how he pitched the show, the hardest lessons he learned early on, and how he knew it was time to move on.
Be sure to read his book that shares more behind the scenes stories.