SAG-AFTRA Puts “Comedians of L.A.” and “Living With Funny” on ‘Do Not Work’ List

(via Deadline)

Another couple of comedy reality series, like Last Comic Standing on NBC and Laughs on Fox,  are clashing with unions yet again. 

SAG-AFTRA has found that upcoming series Esquire Network’s Comedians of L.A. and Oxygen’s Living With Funny are not up to meet SAG-AFTRA’s minimum basic agreement and thus have barred SAG-AFTRA members from working on either show. 

Why this is a recurring problem with comedy reality series might have something to do with some production companies trying to pinch every penny possible when making these types of shows. While comedy can certainly be done on the cheap, in many situations, putting more into the budget could go a long way for series that’s already entering the crowded fields of comedy and reality.

Hopefully, a resolution can come soon and this won’t continue as a trend.