January 28, 1992 |
To Comedy Central, tonight's State of the Union address may not be a joke, but it is a good opportunity to tell a few. The year-old cable network is joining ABC, C-SPAN, Cable News Network, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS in airing what President Bush's chief speech writer has called "the biggest speech of the next five years."
February 4, 1998 |
Sometimes, the road to the American dream is paved with flaming flatulence and singing poo. At least, it has been for Trey Parker, 28, and Matt Stone, 26, creators of "South Park"--the scatological animated series that has set these Colorado college chums on the path to riches and become the signature show of cable's Comedy Central network.
July 18, 2005 |
"I'm gonna make fun of everybody," host-comedian Carlos Mencia said in the very first episode of "Mind of Mencia," which Comedy Central trucked out a few weeks ago as if to seem a little more Chappelle-ish after the disappearance of Dave Chappelle. A little later on, after a bunch of jokes about Mexicans and Muslims, he said, "I don't care, I'll make fun of anybody," and later still, in a variation on the theme, he said: "A lot of you people are going to be offended by something I say tonight.
August 4, 2001 |
Dave Attell has seen these United States of America. Much of it after a comedy club set, between the hours of midnight and closing at the bars. So when Attell, a comic of high esteem among other comics if not the public at large, took a meeting at Comedy Central, he mentioned the fact that there was a whole other America out there during the wee hours, a humming alternative universe while most of us slept. And he wasn't only referring to strippers. To which Comedy Central said: "That's a show."
February 16, 2005 |
Jon Stewart, the most trusted fake in American news, may be taking his humor campaign to network television, beyond the confines of Comedy Central, the cable channel that airs "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." Comedy Central has agreed to finance Stewart's Busboy Productions and its development of television projects, but part of the deal lets Stewart flirt with outsiders when looking for a home for those projects.
January 6, 2006 |
For those who find humor in the plague, there's the Internet. At least that's what Comedy Central hopes as it introduces its 2006 slate of new shows today for its online channel MotherLoad. The eight Web-only shows are another sign that big media companies increasingly see the Internet as a viable way not only to promote their on-air shows but also to launch shorter programs ill-suited for TV.
July 9, 2013 |
"Drunk History," which has lived on the website Funny or Die in fits and starts since 2007, graduates to television Tuesday, courtesy of Comedy Central. It is a strange business: a show in which people who have had too much to drink, for real, travel to the edge of coherence. There will be vomit. Some will find it offensive, immoral, irresponsible - a highly defensible position. It's also very funny, a thing of twisted genius and, for the next eight weeks possibly the most original comedy on television.
January 30, 1992 |
Renegade TV versus mainstream values. In the new world of TV alternatives, underground counter-programming took a significant step Tuesday night when the Comedy Central cable channel, available in 22 million homes, did an all-out, almost merciless spoof of President Bush's State of the Union address--showing the speech live and deflating it as he went along with mock news coverage and running commentary.
January 4, 2010 |
Did viewers hate a free-swinging satirical cartoon that trashed both NPR-worshiping vegans and chastity nuts who conduct creepy father-daughter marriages? Or could they just not find it among the summer TV moonscape of mindless game shows and hashed-over reality series? Comedy Central is betting on the latter. The cable network has picked up the 13 little-seen episodes of "The Goode Family" that aired on ABC before its cancellation last summer and, starting tonight, is showing them at 10 p.m. Mondays.
April 22, 2003 |
Comedy Central was such a joke after it launched in 1989 that to stay afloat the cable channel had to merge the following year with its competitor, Ha! The Comedy Network. Nobody's laughing anymore.