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‘It was pretty scary to leave the security of BYUtv’: JK! Studios to perform new material in Utah show

The 10 comedians left BYUtv in 2018 and launched their own family-friendly comedy venture called JK! Studios. The group’s upcoming tour will feature new material.

The 10 original cast members of BYUtv’s ‘Studio C’ are launching an online family-friendly comedy network, the group announced Sept. 12. The network, called JK! Studios, will officially launch in January.
JK! Studios will put on a show at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on June 3.
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SALT LAKE CITY — After leaving BYUtv’s “Studio C” to form their own comedy brand and compete on the NBC comedy competition “Bring the Funny,” the 10 members of JK! Studios are getting ready to do a hometown show.

JK! Studios — the 10 original members of BYUtv’s “Studio C” — will perform at West Valley’s Maverik Center June 3.

While with “Studio C,” the comedians’ family-friendly sketch comedies drew close to 2 billion views. Their “clean comedy” even caught the attention of late night host Conan O’Brien, whose kids were fans of “Studio C.”

The 10 comedians left BYUtv in 2018 and launched their own family-friendly comedy venture called JK! Studios. The move has allowed the group to expand beyond sketch comedies to include web series, sitcoms, digital shorts and movies.

“It was pretty scary to leave the security of BYUtv and pursue our dream of creating unlimited, family accessible comedy together,” said Whitney Call, head writer for JK! Studios’ “Loving Lyfe” series, in a news release. “To see what our content means to the amazing people out there shows us that this is bigger than us. We want people to join us and feel at home while watching our shows.”

Housed mainly on YouTube, JK! Studios — which has received more than 21 million views since starting in Sept. 2018 — has more than 70 pieces of available content on its channel. The upcoming tour, which kicks off March 27, will feature new sketches and performances, according to the release.

“Every show will actually be slightly different,” said Jason Gray, director of the tour. “Your show is a once in a lifetime performance that no one else will ever see.”

NBC’s “Bring the Funny’s” Season 1 contestants include the cast of JK! Studios.
Six members of JK! Studios competed on the NBC competition “Bring the Funny” last year. All 10 members of the group will perform at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on June 3.
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JK! Studios competed on NBC’s comedy competition “Bring the Funny” last year and reached the semifinals. The group’s routines drew praise from judges Jeff Foxworthy, Keenan Thompson and Chrissy Teigen.

“I watch you guys, and I wish I was part of a sketch troupe,” Foxworthy told the comedians.

The JK! Studios comedians include Call, Gray, Matt Meese, Mallory Everton, Stacey Harkey, Jeremy Warner, James Perry, Natalie Madsen, Adam Berg and Stephen Meek. Leaving BYUtv wasn’t an easy decision, but it was one all 10 knew they would make together.

“It was a group, collaborative effort,” Everton previously told the Deseret News. “Once we started talking about doing new stuff, we just knew we were stronger together than we were apart.”

The group hopes the upcoming Glow Up Tour 2.0, which visits Texas, California, Idaho and Utah, will help expand its audience.

“I think there’s room for all kinds of voices in the family-friendly comedy space because it’s a very underserved audience, Matt Meese, head writer of JK! Studios’ sketches, previously told the Deseret News. “We want to help fix that and add to that conversation, add to the amount of content that’s available for families to watch.”