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Los Angeles, CA ( — All summer long, UMC Urban Movie Channel, a premium subscription-based video streaming service exclusive to RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) recently launched Fall Out Fridays, a full summer of comedy programming including stand-up specials, TV series and comedy movies. Fall Out Fridays will add four volumes of standup comedy titled Comedy Underground Series. Each volume of Comedy Underground Series highlights a celebrity host and three stand-up comedians. Fall Out Fridays will feature the first of four volumes of the Comedy Underground Series featuring Tony Rock, Luenelle, Scruncho and many more premiering Friday, July 24 with the third and fourth volumes hosted by Flex Alexander debuting at the end of August 2015. UMC is available to entertainment seekers free for 14 days at

Comedy Underground Series serves as a showcase for both comedians to perform on the big stage, allowing them a chance to become household names while also revealing a behind-the-curtain glimpse at their climb to comedic success. Showcased Comedians discuss life on the road along with their triumphs and tribulations throughout the comedy industry on their quest for national exposure. Comedy Underground Series recently tapped new host Flex Alexander Actor, Comedian, and Star of OWN docu-series Flex & Shanice. The lineup for volumes 3 & 4 include: Alex Thomas, Red Grant, Capone, Kevin Damn Fool Simpson, Jay Lamont and talented newcomer Chastity Washington.

Fall Out Fridays on UMC will also continue to roll out all five seasons of Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment Stand-up, plus exclusive new bonus episodes of 1st Amendment Stand-up from creator and host Doug Williams. And the laughs dont stop there, UMC plans to keep you falling out with laughter the whole summer long with the premiere of never-before-seen sitcom, Things We Do For Love directed by and starring Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Dancing with the Stars) and Tamera Mowry (Sister, Sister and The Real Talk Show); Gary Owens hilarious stand-up special I Agree With Myself as seen on Showtime, and a variety of stand-up comedy specials featuring Kevin Hart, Wanda Sykes, Jamie Foxx, DL Hughley, Charlie Murphy, TK Kirkland and many more.

Comedy films include: Mac & Devin Go To High School (starring Snoop, Wiz Khalifa and Mike Epps), Ganked (starring Kel Mitchell), Laughing to the Bank and even comedy documentaries such as: Phunny Business and I Aint Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac.

Urban Movie Channel is the first Urban focused digital streaming channel devoted to the acquisition of feature films, comedy specials, stage plays, documentaries, music, and entertainment for the African-American and Urban audiences. Unlimited access to the impressive on-demand streaming library is available online via laptops, mobile devices or the Roku platform. Fall Out Fridays programming will include stand-up comedy, movies, and TV series available commercial-free and streaming on-demand for an introductory monthly rate of only $2.99.

Sign-up today for your free 14-day trial offer at To join the conversation follow @WatchUMC #UMCFallOutFridays on Twitter, Instagram, and like us on Facebook (UrbanMovieChannel).

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent owner, developer, licensee, and distributor of entertainment content and programming in primarily North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres including feature films and urban with distinct content via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Acacia (fitness), Athena (documentaries), and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, and digital streaming.

Through Acorn Productions, its UK production arm, RLJE owns all rights to the hit UK mystery series Foyles War and is developing new programs. RLJE owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited, which manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot.

RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its branded digital subscription channels, Acorn TV, Acacia TV, and UMC – Urban Movie Channel, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. Through its proprietary e-commerce web sites and print catalogs for the Acorn and Acacia brands, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers. For more information, please visit

UMC – Urban Movie Channel ( launched in November 2014. UMC is a premium subscription-based streaming service exclusive to RLJ Entertainment, Inc. and it is devoted to the acquisition of feature films, comedy specials, stage plays, documentaries, music, and entertainment for African American and urban audiences, with plans to move into future development and production. New titles are added weekly in addition to the more than 150 titles in our UMC library, which include live stand-up performances featuring Academy Award ® winner Jamie Foxx and comedic rock star Kevin Hart; documentaries Dark Girls and I Aint Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac; feature films All Things Fall Apart starring Grammy Award ® winner 50 Cent and directed by Mario Van Peebles, The Last Fall starring budding superstars Lance Gross and Nicole Beharie, and The Colony starring Laurence Fishburne; and stage play productions including What My Husband Doesnt Know by David E. Talbert, who is described by Variety as the acknowledged kingpin of urban musicals. UMC is available on the Roku platform and subscribers can access UMC from their tablet, mobile device and laptop to watch movies from todays most recognizable talent available on demand and commercial-free. Please visit