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.
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.
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.
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.
April 30, 2013 |
Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner , joined in comedy history as the 2,000-year-old man and his interviewer, and joined at the hip in life, made a tandem, two-headed appearance Monday afternoon at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. With Judd Apatow as moderating host, it was the inaugural event in #Comedyfest, a collaboration between Twitter and Comedy Central that will continue through Friday and includes the premiere of the new series "Inside Amy Schumer" (Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET, with star Schumer live-tweeting)
January 19, 1997 |
Sunday "Last Stand at Saber River" / 5, 7 and 9 p.m. TNT Tom Selleck, the star of made-for-TV westerns such as "The Sacketts," rides again in this well-crafted saga interweaving action with understated acting. In this adaptation of a novel by Elmore Leonard ("Get Shorty"), he plays a Confederate veteran and family man who fights to regain his Arizona homestead from Union sympathizers.
April 15, 2006 |
Call it a sign of our times. Comedy Central this week refused to air an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad on "South Park." However, the network did consent to showing, in the same episode, President Bush and Jesus flinging poop at each other. It's the sort of paradox that "South Park" co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have always delighted in skewering.
June 26, 1996 |
There are days, Doug Herzog admits, when he wishes that the cable network he runs was named Mildly Amusing Central instead of Comedy Central. Being the medium's only all-comedy channel is both a blessing and a curse. "You can do almost anything within the genre of comedy, and we're positioning ourselves as an edgier alternative to broadcast shows," said Herzog, president of the channel since last July. "But what's funny is subjective, and comedy is very hard to do."
August 11, 1994 |
If you blink watching Comedy Central this summer, you may miss another series being introduced. In the past month, four newcomers have checked in on the cable channel--from the British import "Absolutely Fabulous" to "Limboland," an ambitious sketch series that aims to be a "Laugh-In" for the visually hip.