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Boatload of comedians anchors Discovery’s Shark Week lineup

- By Gina Salamone

Here’s hoping sharks have a sense of humor.

A boatload of comedians are on board for this year’s Shark Week, the Discovery Channel’s annual fishfilled TV extravagan­za.

Tracy Morgan, the cast of “Jackass” and the stars of truTV’s “Impractica­l Jokers” are among the special guests who filmed programs for the event that kicks off July 24.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will serve as

Shark Week’s first master of ceremonies. He’ll open and close the first five nights of Shark Week, and detail what’s to come.

“I filmed exclusivel­y in my home state of Hawaii, these beautiful predators, Aumakua (gods), are deeply revered and respected in our Polynesian culture,” Johnson wrote on Instagram.

“Tracy Morgan Presents: Sharks! with Tracy Morgan” gets its world premiere July 28 on Discovery and its streaming service, Discovery+.

“Tracy Morgan teams up with shark experts throughout the country to identify the craziest and most ferocious sharks in the ocean,” the channel recently announced.

“From rare species to stealth predators,

Tracy shows off his favorite sharks and their incredible capabiliti­es and adaptation­s.”

On July 24, viewers can catch “Jackass Shark Week 2.0” on Discovery and Discovery+, featuring the cast of the MTV stunt show.

“Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, Wee Man, Jasper, Dark Shark, Zach Holmes and Poopies are back to finish what they started,” according to Discovery. “After Knoxville sent the guys on a terrifying Shark Week mission last year, Knoxville is joining the boys as they head out to get their friend Poopies over his fear of sharks.”

It was previously announced that the “Impractica­l Jokers” cast — James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn and Sal Vulcano — would take part in the fin-tastic event this year. Their special, “Impractica­l Jokers Shark Week Spectacula­r,” will premiere July 26.

“The Impractica­l Jokers are the kings of hijinks and fearlessne­ss in the face of public humiliatio­n but see what happens when they set out to dispel the myth that sharks are man-eating beasts the only way they know how — with extreme, mortifying challenges and dares,” Discovery says of the program.

In all, this summer’s Shark Week will pack in 25 original episodes “that deliver never-seen footage of walking sharks, awe-inspiring breaches and more shocking predations captured on-camera by dedicated science and research field teams,” according to Discovery.

The channel’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery, will also roll out Shark Week content on some of its other properties, including TBS, TNT, truTV, Food Network, CNN and Cartoon Network.

New filming locations this year range from the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas to Papua New Guinea.

“Working with dozens of the world’s most respected marine biologists and science institutio­ns, the week’s program slate spotlights innovative shark technology to further research about these elusive creatures and their mating and migration patterns, while also sharing findings of a new, undescribe­d species,” Discovery said.

 ?? RICHARD SHOTWELL/INVISION ?? Dwayne Johnson, seen July 13, will be the week’s first emcee.
RICHARD SHOTWELL/INVISION Dwayne Johnson, seen July 13, will be the week’s first emcee.

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