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Comedy Central
Comedy Central
is an American basic cable and satellite television channel owned by Viacom
Viacom
Global Entertainment Group, a unit of the Viacom
Viacom
Media Networks division of Viacom. The channel is geared for mature audiences ages 14 and older and carries comedy programming in the form of both original, licensed, and syndicated series and stand-up comedy specials, as well as feature films. Since the early 2000s, Comedy Central
Comedy Central
has expanded globally with localized channels in Asia, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latin America, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Finland,[1] Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, India, Brazil,[2] Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Romania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia,[3] Middle East
Middle East
and Africa.[4] The international channels are operated by Viacom
Viacom
International Media Networks. Comedy Central
Comedy Central
is available to approximately 91,859,000 households (78.919% of households with TV) as of January 2016.[5]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early years (1989–1991) 1.2 1991–97 1.3 1997–99 1.4 2000–03

1.4.1 The Secret Stash

1.5 2004–06 1.6 2007–2010 1.7 2011–present

2 High definition channels and service 3 Programming 4 International 5 Criticism 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Early years (1989–1991)[edit] On November 15, 1989, Time Warner, owners of HBO
HBO
launched The Comedy Channel as the first cable channel devoted exclusively to comedy-based programming. On April 1, 1990, Viacom
Viacom
(who owned MTV, VH1, and Nickelodeon) launched a rival channel called Ha![6] that featured reruns of situation comedies and some original sketch comedy. The Comedy Channel's programs were broadcast from the HBO
HBO
Downtown Studios at 120 East 23rd Street in Manhattan. The format prior to the merger with Ha! included several original and unconventional programs such as Onion World with Rich Hall
Rich Hall
and Mystery Science Theater 3000, as well as laid-back variety/talk shows hosted by comedians, including The Sweet Life with Rachel Sweet, Night After Night with Allan Havey, Sports Monster, and The Higgins Boys and Gruber, the latter of whom performed sketches in between showings of vintage television series like Supercar, Clutch Cargo, and Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. The standard format for The Comedy Channel's shows usually involved the various hosts introducing clips culled from the acts of stand-up comedians as well as classic comedies of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein
and Kentucky Fried Movie, presented in a style similar to music videos. In the early days, certain hours of the day when clips were shown without "host segments" were dubbed Short Attention Span Theater. In 1990, hosts under this title, Jon Stewart and Patty Rosborough, were introduced. Comedian Marc Maron
Marc Maron
also hosted the series. While The Comedy Channel broadcast mostly low-budget original programming,[7] Ha!'s schedule featured sitcom and sketch comedy reruns (many of which had been previously licensed for sister network Nick at Nite) as well as complete 90-minute reruns of Saturday Night Live from the sixth through 16th seasons. After two years of limited distribution, the two channels merged into one, relaunching on April 1, 1991 as CTV: The Comedy Network; it later changed its name to Comedy Central
Comedy Central
on June 1, 1991[8] to prevent issues with the Canadian broadcast television network CTV, which would eventually be its Canadian content partner through The Comedy Network six years later. Comedy Partners was originally a partnership of Home Box Office, Inc., the subsidiary of Time Warner
Time Warner
that owned The Comedy Channel and HBO's half, and Viacom
Viacom
Hearty Ha! Ha! LLC, the subsidiary that owned Ha! and Viacom's half of the network during its first years on air.[9] Viacom
Viacom
bought out Time Warner's half in April 2003 for $1.23 billion.[10] Despite HBO's exit from the venture, the Viacom Media Networks division in charge of Comedy Central
Comedy Central
is still called Comedy Partners, currently being a partnership of Viacom International, the operating subsidiary of Viacom
Viacom
of which Viacom Media Networks is a division, and Viacom
Viacom
Hearty Ha! Ha! LLC, the subsidiary that owned Ha! and Viacom's original half of the network.[11] 1991–97[edit]

The original Comedy Central
Comedy Central
logo used from 1991-2000. An earlier variant of this logo has the "Comedy Central" text bigger, almost taking up the marquee sign; that variant lasted until 1995.

From the late 1980s through the mid-1990s, much of the programming on Comedy Central
Comedy Central
and its predecessors consisted of comedy films, sitcom reruns, half-hour specials, and clip shows featuring comedians. With the exception of the cult favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000, the channel had a relatively small viewership. A notable early success was Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, which after showing promise on Comedy Central
Comedy Central
was quickly snapped up by ABC. Additionally, The Daily Show had got its start with original host Craig Kilborn, although it would take a few more years for the show to reach high popularity (and a shift toward a focus on political humor) with the introduction of Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
(who was former co-host of Short Attention Span Theater from 1991). Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
was also a notable original program from this era, as well as the game show Win Ben Stein's Money. Successful non-original programming included Canadian comedy group The Kids in the Hall and British shows such as the U.K. edition of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (the predecessor of the U.S. version, featuring much of the same American cast as would later be seen in the U.S.) and the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. Some later seasons of AbFab, as it was informally known, were partially financed by Comedy Central. Comedy Central also had the national rights to broadcast reruns of Seattle's Almost Live!
Almost Live!
between 1992 and 1993. 1997–99[edit] The channel made a breakthrough when South Park
South Park
premiered in 1997. Being the first major basic cable show to carry the TV-MA rating for mature audiences, the show was too controversial to be picked up by a mainstream network.[12] As word of mouth spread, the number of people who requested that Comedy Central
Comedy Central
be added to their cable providers increased, and the channel became available in over 50% of American homes by 1998. 2000–03[edit]

The network's second logo used from 2000-2010. It was used in the United Kingdom until 2012.

On November 13, 2000, Comedy Central
Comedy Central
introduced a modernized version of its globe logo, by straightening the buildings and removing the transmitter. The management of the network said that the transmitter of the 1991 logo was said to "communicate the 1950s broadcast era". In 2002, Comedy Central Records
Comedy Central Records
was formed as a means of releasing albums by comedians that have appeared on the network.[13] Since 2003, Comedy Central
Comedy Central
has created a tradition of roasting comedians in the style of the New York Friars' Club
New York Friars' Club
roasts. During these roasts, friends of the roastee, along with other comedians, take turns making fun of the roastee, the other roasters, and occasionally audience members. So far, the roastees have included Denis Leary,[14] Jeff Foxworthy,[15] Pamela Anderson,[16] William Shatner,[17] Flavor Flav,[18] Bob Saget, Larry the Cable Guy, Joan Rivers, Rob Reiner, David Hasselhoff, Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen, Roseanne Barr, James Franco, Justin Bieber, and Rob Lowe. The Secret Stash[edit] The success of South Park, despite its mature content, encouraged the network to continue to push the limits on adult language. Every Saturday and Sunday morning at 1 a.m. ET, a movie, comedy special, or animated program is shown unedited for language as part of a block called the Secret Stash. It premiered on July 4, 2003 with the unedited cable television debut of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Though no language is censored on the Secret Stash, most nudity in the programs is still edited out, with the exception of limited nudity allowed in animated programs such as Drawn Together, and rear nudity. 2004–06[edit] In late 2004, it was reported that the four highest-rated shows on Comedy Central
Comedy Central
were, in descending order, South Park, Chappelle's Show, The Daily Show
The Daily Show
and Reno 911!. Shortly thereafter, Dave Chappelle backed out of the much-anticipated third season of Chappelle's Show.[19] Meanwhile, The Daily Show
The Daily Show
continued to climb in the ratings. In October 2005, on the occasion of a new three-year contract for South Park
South Park
and the launch of Daily Show spin-off The Colbert Report, it was reported that South Park
South Park
and The Daily Show
The Daily Show
were the two highest-rated shows on Comedy Central. Comedy Central
Comedy Central
chief Doug Herzog was reported as saying that he hoped to continue to air new seasons of South Park
South Park
forever, and that The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report
fulfilled a long-held plan to extend the Daily Show brand. On April 5, 2006, in a controversial two-part episode arc titled "Cartoon Wars Part I" and "Cartoon Wars Part II", South Park
South Park
touched the issue of the recent protest over the Danish cartoon drawings depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The image of Muhammad
Muhammad
did not appear in the episode. The episode also mocked fellow cartoon Family Guy. On April 13, 2006, Comedy Central
Comedy Central
issued a statement[20] which appears to confirm that the network prohibited the show's creators from airing an image of Muhammad. The statement reads, "In light of recent world events, we feel we made the right decision." An anonymous source close to the show indicated[citation needed] that South Park creators Trey Parker
Trey Parker
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
were informed of the policy several weeks earlier, and wrote this story arc in protest. This was a change of policy for Comedy Central, having allowed South Park
South Park
to portray an image of Muhammad
Muhammad
in an earlier episode, "Super Best Friends". Oddly enough, an image of Muhammad
Muhammad
was still briefly visible in the opening credits of the "Cartoon Wars" episodes (the image had been there as a call-back to "Super Best Friends"). 2007–2010[edit] On January 15, 2007, MTV
MTV
Networks International launched Comedy Central in Germany
Germany
which is available for free throughout Europe. The channel airs 33 shows either dubbed in German or subtitled while also airing locally produced shows.[21] On April 30, Dutch channel The Box was relaunched as the Dutch version of Comedy Central
Comedy Central
during the primetime and overnight hours timesharing with Nickelodeon.[22] On May 1, 2007, Comedy Central
Comedy Central
expanded to Italy, replacing Paramount Comedy.[23] On June 27, 2007, CTVglobemedia-owned networks CTV and The Comedy Network obtained the exclusive Canadian rights to the entire Comedy Central library of past and current programs on all electronic platforms, under a multi-year agreement with Viacom, expanding on past programming agreements between the two channels. Canadian users attempting to visit Comedy Central
Comedy Central
websites were redirected to The Comedy Network's website. The Canadian channel retains its own brand name, but the agreement is otherwise very similar to the earlier CTV/ Viacom
Viacom
deal for MTV
MTV
in Canada.[24] As of 2011, this geocaching no longer applies and both the Comedy Central
Comedy Central
and The Comedy Network websites can be accessed worldwide, with the exception of videos which remain only accessible within each respective country. In December 2007, Comedy Central
Comedy Central
picked up a show hosted by Lewis Black called Lewis Black's Root of All Evil,[25] which debuted in March 2008. On January 9, 2008, it was announced the Comedy Central and MTV
MTV
would allow the streaming its programs online for free starting in February of that year.[26] On January 24, Scott Landsman became the Vice President of Original Programming and Development at the network.[27] On March 27, 2008, the Swedish Radio and TV Authority approved an application from Comedy Central
Comedy Central
regarding being allowed to air television programs in Sweden. The grant allows Comedy Central
Comedy Central
to broadcast on the terrestrial television network between January 1, 2009 and March 31, 2014, after which a new request must be submitted in order to continue broadcasting.[28] Comedy Central's U.S. flagship network picked up a remake of The Gong Show
The Gong Show
hosted by Dave Attell,[29] star of his former self-titled Comedy Central
Comedy Central
series Insomniac, which debuted in July 2008. Another new show called Reality Bites Back[30] premiered after The Gong Show
The Gong Show
with Dave Attell. In June 2008, Comedy Central
Comedy Central
picked up the sketch comedy show Important Things with Demetri Martin, which began airing in February 2009.[31] On April 1, 2009, Comedy Central
Comedy Central
began airing in New Zealand as channel 010 on SKY Digital. On April 6, Paramount Comedy in the UK and Ireland rebranded as Comedy Central. On April 7, 2009, it was announced Comedy Central
Comedy Central
would air new stand-up comedy specials starring Christopher Titus, Gabriel Iglesias, Pablo Francisco, Jim Breuer, Mitch Fatel
Mitch Fatel
and Pete Correale, and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham.[32] An animated show entitled Ugly Americans was also picked up by the network.[33] In 2009, The Goode Family
The Goode Family
premiered.[34] Also in 2009, Thomas Lennon announced via Twitter that Reno 911!
Reno 911!
had been cancelled[35] after six seasons, much to fan disapproval. The network also played a role in the revival of the animated series Futurama, which Fox had cancelled in 2003. New episodes began airing on Comedy Central in 2010. But in May 2013, Comedy Central
Comedy Central
released a statement saying that the contract between Futurama
Futurama
and Comedy Central
Comedy Central
would not be renewed, and that the summer of 2013 would be Futurama's final season on the air. However, episodes continue to run daily on Comedy Central. In 2009 the same year Reno 911 Was Cancelled, Comedy Central Introduced a Multi-Million Viewed Show by the Name of Tosh.0. During Daniel Tosh's Second year throughout the Summer of 2010, it was the most viewed show of the summer over-taking the Daily Show & The Colbert Report for Men of Ages 18–49 and throughout the 2010s Decade, it was one of the most viewed shows every Tuesday night at 10:00 PM. Now entering it's 10th season on March 27, 2018, Daniel's Contract with the Network was renewed up until 2020.[36] South Park
South Park
episodes "200" and "201" aired in April 2010, revisiting the issue of the Islamic religious figure Muhammad's perceived immunity to parody, for fear of violent retaliation. The Super Best Friends returned, but Muhammad
Muhammad
was entirely covered by a black bar reading "CENSORED" through all of his screen time. By the second episode of the two-parter, Comedy Central
Comedy Central
decided to censor every instance of his name, as well as three entire monologues, from the end of the show. The monologues dealt with the subjects of censorship and intimidation, but did not actually use Muhammad's name. Parker and Stone have since issued a statement to the press, confirming that the "bleeps" were added weeks after the show was finished, and that Comedy Central has refused to let them post the original version to South Park Studios, in addition to retroactively removing the original "Super Best Friends" episode.[37] 2011–present[edit] On December 10, 2010, Comedy Central
Comedy Central
introduced a new logo for the network that launched on January 1, 2011, which left behind the previous theme of a world-sized "tower" broadcasting the network/skyscrapers, in favor of an image of two "C"'s, with one of them and the word "Central" turned upside-down within the new logomark. The new logo was designed to represent the network's unique brand of comedy (with some drawing comparisons to the copyright symbol as inspiration for its design and use), and to provide the network with a logo that could be easily used across different platforms, such as social media.[38][39] The logo's resemblance to the one used by the Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
has also been pointed out.[40][41] It went on to win several industry awards.[42] The company also standardised its publicity material and idents to use the fonts Brandon Grotesque
Brandon Grotesque
and Eames Century Modern.[43] The Polish version of the channel was the first international Comedy Central channel to switch to the new logo on February 20, 2011; followed by the Hungarian version on April 1, 2011. Versions of the channel in Germany
Germany
and the Netherlands
Netherlands
soon followed on October 1, 2011. Comedy Central New Zealand
Comedy Central New Zealand
rebranded in April 2012. Viacom
Viacom
18 launched the channel in India on January 23, 2012.[44] StarHub launched Comedy Central Asia
Comedy Central Asia
in Singapore on November 1, 2012; the channel was added to its Basic Entertainment Upsize group.[45] In 2012, Atom.com (formerly AtomFilms) was absorbed into Comedy Central. On April 1, 2012 Comedy Central
Comedy Central
launched a Russiam language version of Comedy Central
Comedy Central
branded as Paramount Comedy in Russia.[46] On October 21, 2013, the network premiered a nightly comedy-game show series @midnight
@midnight
hosted by Chris Hardwick. @midnight
@midnight
serves as an expansion to the network's nightly late-night programming. After August 4, 2017, the show has since been cancelled as an hour long 600th episode making this the final episode due to low ratings.[47] On May 14, 2014, Comedy Central
Comedy Central
expanded to Spain, replacing Paramount Comedy.[48] In 2014, it was announced that Stephen Colbert would leave Comedy Central to host Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Late Show with Stephen Colbert
on CBS, following the retirement of David Letterman, the first host of Late Show. The final episode of The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report
aired on Comedy Central
Comedy Central
on December 18, 2014, after nine years and a total of 1,447 episodes. The final episode of The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report
was watched by 2.481 million viewers, making it the most watched episode ever in the show's history. The finale was the most watched cable program of the night in its time slot, beating The Daily Show
The Daily Show
which was seen by 2.032 million viewers.[49][50] The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report
was replaced on Comedy Central
Comedy Central
by Larry Wilmore
Larry Wilmore
from The Daily Show, who began hosting his series The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
Larry Wilmore
on January 19, 2015. The show aired until August 18, 2016, when it was cancelled due to low ratings.[51] On February 10, 2015, Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
announced that he would retire from hosting The Daily Show, after 16 years of hosting. Stewart's final show aired on August 6, 2015 as a 52-minute special. Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah
began hosting the series on September 28, 2015.[52] On January 5, 2017, the Finnish Government granted television programming licences in the UHF band. The grant applied by Nickelodeon International Ltd allows Comedy Central
Comedy Central
to broadcast from 17 May 2017 to 10 January 2027.[53] On November 16, 2017 Comedy Central
Comedy Central
launched a Ukrainain language version of Comedy Central
Comedy Central
branded as Paramount Comedy in Ukraine. Ukrainian language version of the channel is operated under the license purchased by 1+1 media.[54] High definition channels and service[edit] The 1080i
1080i
high definition simulcast feed of Comedy Central
Comedy Central
launched in 2009[55] and is available on all major cable and satellite providers. Programming[edit] Main article: List of programs broadcast by Comedy Central International[edit] Localized versions of Comedy Central
Comedy Central
include:

Africa[4] Arabia (MENA)[56] Australia Belgium Brazil
Brazil
(article in Portuguese) Denmark Finland
Finland
(not started, and lost licences) Germany, Austria and Switzerland Hungary India Israel Italy Latin America New Zealand Netherlands Norway Poland Romania Spain Sweden Taiwan UK & Ireland

Comedy Central
Comedy Central
Family:

Netherlands Poland

Comedy Central
Comedy Central
Extra:

Netherlands Bulgaria Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia
Serbia
and Slovenia[3] UK & Ireland

Paramount Comedy:

Russia Ukraine

Prima Comedy Central:

Czech Republic
Czech Republic
(December 14, 2015)[57]

Criticism[edit] Comedy Central
Comedy Central
has been a frequent target of criticism from the conservative group Parents Television Council, criticizing their programming for what they perceive as bigotry and blasphemy,[58][59] especially in regards to the programs South Park, The Sarah Silverman Program, Halfway Home, and the annual "Roast" special.[60] The PTC has used their criticisms against Comedy Central
Comedy Central
for their support of the Family and Consumer Choice Act of 2007, which would allow American cable television subscribers to choose which channels they subscribe to and impose the same decency standards that are already in place on broadcast TV,[61] and to persuade advertisers to stop advertising on the channel.[62] PTC founder and former president L. Brent Bozell III has called the channel unfunny, claiming the channel has managed "to reach the top of its field in spite of – or, better put, because of – the network's sheer lack of comedic talent" by its "extensive reliance on shocking or disgusting humor".[63] The PTC also criticized the channel for airing advertisements for "Girls Gone Wild". The channel airs the least censored version of the film Not Another Teen Movie, as well as uncut versions of films such as Coming to America, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.[64] On November 5, 2007, an open letter[65] was written by VideoSift to protest the blocking of Comedy Central's embedded video content for non-U.S. based viewers. On April 21, 2010, Comedy Central
Comedy Central
censored the South Park
South Park
episode, "201", in response to a death threat issued by users of a radical Muslim website over the episode's planned depiction of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, which led several newspaper columnists to condemn the network's actions as tantamount to abetting terrorism. As a result, "201" and the episode that preceded it were heavily edited and not shown in repeats. References[edit]

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Comedy Central
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Comedy Central
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Comedy Central
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External links[edit]

Official website

v t e

Comedy Central
Comedy Central
original programming

Former

1990s debuts

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind (1991) Afterdrive (1991) Clash! (1991) Comedy Central Presents
Comedy Central Presents
(1998–2011) Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
(1995–2002) Exit 57 (1995–96) Frank Leaves for the Orient (1999) The Higgins Boys and Gruber (1991) Make Me Laugh
Make Me Laugh
(1997–98) The Man Show (1999–2004) Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000
(1991–96) Night After Night with Allan Havey (1991–92) Politically Incorrect (1994–97) Premium Blend
Premium Blend
(1997–2006) Pulp Comics (1997–99) Short Attention Span Theater (1991–94) Sports Monster (1991) Strangers with Candy
Strangers with Candy
(1999–2000) The Unnaturals (1991) Upright Citizens Brigade (1998–2000) The Vacant Lot (1994) Viva Variety (1997–98) Vs. (1999) Win Ben Stein's Money
Win Ben Stein's Money
(1997–2003)

2000s debuts

American Body Shop
American Body Shop
(2007) Atom TV
Atom TV
(2008–10) BattleBots
BattleBots
(2000–02) Beat the Geeks
Beat the Geeks
(2001–02) Blue Collar TV (2004–06) Chappelle's Show
Chappelle's Show
(2003–06) Chocolate News
Chocolate News
(2008) The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report
(2005–14) The Comedians of Comedy (2005) Con (2005) Contest Searchlight (2002) Crank Yankers
Crank Yankers
(2002–05) Crossballs: The Debate Show (2004) Drawn Together
Drawn Together
(2004–07) Distraction (2005–06) Dog Bites Man (2006) Don't Forget Your Toothbrush
Don't Forget Your Toothbrush
(2000) Freak Show (2006) Friday Night Stand-Up with Greg Giraldo (2005–06) Futurama
Futurama
(2008–13) Gerhard Reinke's Wanderlust (2003) The Gong Show
The Gong Show
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Dave Attell
(2008) The Graham Norton Effect (2004) Halfway Home (2007) The Hollow Men (2005) I'm with Busey
I'm with Busey
(2003) Important Things with Demetri Martin
Important Things with Demetri Martin
(2009–10) Insomniac with Dave Attell
Dave Attell
(2001–04) The Jeff Dunham
Jeff Dunham
Show (2009) Kid Notorious
Kid Notorious
(2003) Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire
Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire
(2009) Let's Bowl (2001–02) Lewis Black's Root of All Evil
Lewis Black's Root of All Evil
(2008) Lil' Bush (2007–08) Live at Gotham (2006–09) Michael & Michael Have Issues (2009) Mind of Mencia
Mind of Mencia
(2005–08) The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show (2007) Primetime Glick (2001–03) Reality Bites Back (2008) Reno 911!
Reno 911!
(2003–09) The Sarah Silverman Program
The Sarah Silverman Program
(2007–10) Secret Girlfriend
Secret Girlfriend
(2009) Shorties Watchin' Shorties (2004) The Showbiz Show with David Spade
The Showbiz Show with David Spade
(2005–07) Stella (2005) Straight Plan for the Gay Man (2004) Strip Mall
Strip Mall
(2000–01) That's My Bush!
That's My Bush!
(2001) Too Late with Adam Carolla (2005) Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn (2003–04) Travel Sick (2001–02) Trigger Happy TV (2003) TV Funhouse
TV Funhouse
(2000–01) Wanda Does It (2004) Weekends at the D.L. (2005)

2010s debuts

@midnight
@midnight
with Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick
(2013–17) Adam DeVine's House Party
Adam DeVine's House Party
(2013–16) The Ben Show (2013) The Benson Interruption
The Benson Interruption
(2010) Big Lake (2010) Big Time in Hollywood, FL
Big Time in Hollywood, FL
(2015) Brickleberry
Brickleberry
(2012–15) Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! (2013–14) The Burn with Jeff Ross
The Burn with Jeff Ross
(2012–13) The Comedy Awards (2011–12) Comedy Underground with Dave Attell
Dave Attell
(2014) Gabriel Iglesias
Gabriel Iglesias
Presents Stand Up Revolution (2011–14) The Gorburger Show
The Gorburger Show
(2017) The High Court with Doug Benson
The High Court with Doug Benson
(2017) Jeff & Some Aliens (2017) The Jeselnik Offensive
The Jeselnik Offensive
(2013) John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show
John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show
(2010–13) Jon Benjamin Has a Van
Jon Benjamin Has a Van
(2011) Key & Peele (2012–15) Kroll Show
Kroll Show
(2013–15) Legends of Chamberlain Heights
Legends of Chamberlain Heights
(2016–17) The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
(2014–16) Moonbeam City
Moonbeam City
(2015) Nick Swardson's Pretend Time
Nick Swardson's Pretend Time
(2010–11) The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
Larry Wilmore
(2015–16) Problematic with Moshe Kasher
Problematic with Moshe Kasher
(2017) TripTank
TripTank
(2014-16) Not Safe with Nikki Glaser
Not Safe with Nikki Glaser
(2016) Onion SportsDome
Onion SportsDome
(2011) Review (2014–17) Sports Show with Norm Macdonald
Sports Show with Norm Macdonald
(2011) Time Traveling Bong
Time Traveling Bong
(2016) Ugly Americans (2010–12) Why? with Hannibal Buress
Why? with Hannibal Buress
(2015) Workaholics (2011–17)

Current and upcoming

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Another Period
Another Period
(since 2015) Broad City
Broad City
(since 2014) Comedy Central Roast
Comedy Central Roast
(since 2003) Corporate (since 2018) The Daily Show
The Daily Show
(since 1996) Drunk History
Drunk History
(since 2013) Detroiters (since 2017) The Half Hour
The Half Hour
(since 2012) Idiotsitter
Idiotsitter
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Inside Amy Schumer
(since 2013) The Jim Jefferies Show
The Jim Jefferies Show
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Nathan for You
(since 2013) The Opposition with Jordan Klepper
The Opposition with Jordan Klepper
(since 2017) The President Show
The President Show
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South Park
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