Satire and sketch comedy are the focus of a new, weekly television show debuting Saturday, September 27.
“Omaha Live!” will air Saturdays at midnight through December, following “Saturday Night Live” on WOWT, Omaha’s NBC affiliate.
The program’s satirical and comedic content, developed by co-creators (and brothers) Matt and Ben Tompkins, is a split between local news, pop culture, and national headlines.
A half-hour weekly program, “Omaha Live!” is combination of produced commercial parodies, comedy sketches, music videos/song parodies, interviews with politicians and celebrities, and local on-location features.
Matt Tompkins will serve as anchor and lead host.
“My ‘Omaha Live!’ character is often overly confident, but poorly misinformed,” Matt Tompkins said. “Much of his humor is derived from a cheerful yet exaggerated nature, socially ignorant tendencies, and a overarching awkwardness that is unmistakable. In a word, he’s awesome.”
“Omaha Live!” features a regular cast of actors, comedians, and writers, both local and regional. The first season, which runs through December, will feature 12, 30-minute episodes.
Brothers Matt and Ben Tompkins gained popularity while co-hosting “The Matt and Ben Show” on Twister 93.3 FM and, later, The Brew 96.1 FM, along with talk shows on 1110 KFAB and SiriusXM (which was syndicated nationally), from 2005 to 2014.
Natives of Valley, Nebraska, the Tompkins brothers’ first comedy album, Songs for Giants, was released in 2010 to positive reviews.