The Comedy Network's holiday line-up announced

From Muppets and puppets to South Park and Springfield, The Comedy Network celebrates the arrival of the jolly fat man like no other.

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 1, viewers can indulge in a festive feast of slacker stoners, nerdy brainiacs, stand-up specials, and more puppets than a Santa Claus parade, all the way until Friday, Jan. 4.

Comedy is also serving up a brand new holiday treat courtesy of The Muppets. Sure to elicit nostalgic memories everywhere, they star in a special 90-minute episode of the all-new Comedy Original Series Just For laughs: All Access. Shot live in Montréal this summer, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, and the entire The Muppets crew take centre stage in the special Christmas Eve episode, “The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala,” premiering Monday, Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.
The traditional non-traditional holiday festivities kick off on Saturday, Dec. 1 with Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and continues with dysfunctional holiday family fun in the form of The Simpsons, airing nightly beginning Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Continuing the month-long fun, are seasonal favourites from Stephen Colbert, Russell Peters, The Big Bang Theory, South Park, and more.

Viewers can also ring in 2013 by watching every single episode of Canada’s favourite homegrown comedy series during THE Complete Corner Gas-a-Thon, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 6 a.m. ET/PT and wrapping up Friday, Jan. 4 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Below is a sample of Comedy holiday highlights:

Friday, Dec. 14 – Friday Dec. 21
Spend Christmas in Springfield with the best holiday episodes of THE SIMPSONS at 8 p.m. ET/PT nightly from Dec. 14-Dec. 15, and Dec. 17-Dec. 21.

Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16
Why sleep when viewers can instead enjoy some of the best holiday episodes of SOUTH PARK for two hours beginning at 4 a.m. ET/PT on Dec. 15 and Dec. 16. The classic episodes include “Mr. Hanky, The Christmas Poo,” “Are You There God? It’s Me, Jesus,” and “It’s Christmas in Canada.”

Saturday, Dec. 22
Cozy up on the couch and crack open the maple syrup with a marathon of the best in Canadian comedy, including the Top 20 episodes of THE RED GREEN SHOW, as chosen by Red Green himself, beginning at 10 a.m. ET/PT. The day also includes IT’S A WONDERFUL RED GREEN CHRISTMAS at 7 a.m. ET/PT, JEREMY HOTZ – WHAT A MISERABLE SHOW THIS IS at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and JUST FOR LAUGHS: A TRIBUTE TO NERDS at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Nothing says happy holidays like a bitter, foul-mouthed, and perpetually grouchy alcoholic. Billy Bob Thornton (The Informers) stars in BAD SANTA as Willie, a conman who poses as Santa, and with the help of his partner, robs department stores on Christmas Eve. The bah humbug fun starts at 12 a.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 23.

Monday, Dec. 24
T’was the night before Christmas and on the TV, there were puppets and The Muppets, and the famous Jeff D. The puppet-packed event features a special episode of JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS, “The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala,” at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, and JEFF DUNHAM – SPARK OF INSANITY at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Dec. 26
In the spirit of giving, Comedy gifts viewers with two full days of Canada’s favourite comedy, THE BIG BANG THEORY. Spend Christmas Day with Sheldon and Leonard, and avoid the Boxing Day lineups by nerding out instead. Season 5 episodes begin at 10 a.m. ET/PT on Dec. 25 and Dec. 26.

Saturday, Dec. 29
Who wouldn’t want to spend the day with charismatic host Darrin Rose? Joined by comedy experts and regular panellists Sean Cullen and Debra DiGiovanni, it’s a MATCH GAME miracle, with the first 40 episodes of the season airing back-to-back beginning at 6 a.m. ET/PT. This reboot of the retro classic game show is sure to deliver blanking hilarity.

Monday, Dec. 31
Get ready to say sayonara to 2012 by laughing so hard you can’t breathe. The fun begins on Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. ET/PT with DANNY BHOY – SUBJECT TO CHANGE, and continues until midnight with standup specials from John Pinette, Ellen Degeneres, Robin Williams, and Russell Peters.

Tuesday, Jan. 1
Even in his darkest hours, Charlie Sheen was still #winning. Viewers can wear off their New Year’s hangovers with an ANGER MANAGEMENT Season 1marthon on Jan. 1 beginning at 10 a.m. ET/PT, followed by the now infamous THE ROAST OF CHARLIE SHEEN at 3 p.m. ET/PT.

Wednesday, Jan. 2 to Friday Jan. 4
Join Brent, Wanda, Lacey, and Ruby for three jam-packed days, or 51 hours, of the side-splitting homegrown favourite CORNER GAS. The entire series will run over the three days, airing from 6 a.m. ET/PT to 12 a.m. ET/PT daily from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4.

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