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Just days after Comedy Central were in the firing line for the controversial inclusion of the Prophet Muhammad on South Park, the network is set to raise more eyebrows.

The network has unveiled their latest programming slate and in the mix is an animated series focussing on Jesus.

The series entitled “JC” will follow Christ as he attempts to escape from his “powerful but apathetic father” and attempt to forge a new life for himself in New York City.

“In general, comedy in its purest form always makes some people uncomfortable,” said Comedy Central head of original programming Kent Alterman.

Also on the Comedy line-up are similarly risqué plans for a show based around answering strange questions that can only be posed by those on some form of drugs and a project entitled Live Sex Show where the hosts explore “all things sex” in a comedic environment.

Source: THR

Caution: roasts in this release may not be suitable for delicate palates! The smell of burning egos fills the airwaves in four, fan-favourite COMEDY CENTRAL ROASTS as part of The Comedy Network’s SUNDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN. Starting Sunday, August 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, a celebrity roastee is tossed in the ring of fire weekly by some of the nastiest comedians in the business.

FLAVOR FLAV is first up on the skewer. Best known as hype-man for rap group Public Enemy and for his reality show Flavor of Love, Flavor Flav is a sitting duck. Airing Sunday, August 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the roast, hosted by Katt Williams and featuring roasters Ice-T, Jimmy Kimmel, Snoop Dogg, Carrot Top, serves him up nice and crispy. One ego-deflating moment comes when Lisa Lampanelli announces: “Flav, enough with the clock, you can take it off, you haven’t had to be anywhere in 13 years.”

It’s a blue collar roasting as members of the Blue Comedy Tour rope in JEFF FOXWORTHY on Sunday, August 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and Ron White take the reins with other roasters Nick DiPaolo, Lisa Lampanelli, also giving their share of digs. Once again it’s Lampanelli taking a stab at Foxworthy with the quip, “Usually, I feel bad when guys don’t want to fuck me; tonight I feel lucky.”

The Shat hits the fan’ when the ROAST OF WILLIAM SHATNER airs on Sunday, August 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise faces roast master Jason Alexander and his roasting disciples Farrah Fawcett, Greg Giraldo, Patton Oswalt and more. Shatner’s weight is the butt of every joke, with Jeff Ross taking the biggest bite, “when did you go from Captain Kirk to Captain Crunch?”

It’s a full-on slaughter as Pamela Anderson gets clubbed by roast master Jimmy Kimmel in the ROAST OF PAMELA ANDERSON on Sunday, August 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Taking part in the ego attack are roasters Courtney Love, Bea Arthur, Sarah Silverman, Tommy Lee, Andy Dick and many more. Highlights include Bea Arthur reading sexually explicit excerpts from Anderson’s “novel” and Andy Dick french-kissing Jeff Ross.

Tuesday, April 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network

Who’s who of top comedic talents roast Pamela Anderson in a rousing night of insulting insight featuring the talents of Jimmy Kimmell, Tommy Lee, Eddie Griffin, Nick DiPaolo, Andy Dick, Courtney Love, and many more.

Tuesday, April 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network

Blue collar comedian Jeff Foxworthy is skewered by his fellow comedians, friends, and others.

Saturday, January 5

10 – 10:30 p.m. – Comedy Central Presents: Mitch Hedberg (R)

Mitch Hedberg shares his unorthodox solutions to life’s little problems in this mind-altering 30-minute stand-up special. Known for his dry, observational wit, clever wordplay and whimsical low-key style, Hedberg entertains with signature jokes like “Blocking the fire exits” and “Smacky the Frog.” A regular on The Late Show with David Letterman and Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, he was dubbed the “Kurt Cobain of Stand-Up Comedy” because of his long hair, laid back attitude, drug addiction, and Seattle background. Hedberg died of a drug overdose in March 2005 at the age of 37.

Saturday, January 5
10:30 –11 p.m. – Comedy Central Presents: Dane Cook (R)

Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Hot Comic of the Year,” Dane Cook, is a self-proclaimed rock n’ roll junkie. He confesses his twisted desires and lets it all hang out in his no-holds-barred, 30-minute stand-up special. A Tonight Show and Late Show regular, Cook recently co-hosted the 2006 Teen Choice Awards with Jessica Simpson. One of the highest charting comedians on the Billboard 200, his CD/DVD, Retaliation, debuted at No. 4 and recently went platinum.

Saturday, January 12

10-11:30 p.m. ET/PT – The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav (R)

After 30 years in the business, Flavor Flav is getting clocked – literally. Roasters include Roast Master Katt Williams, Carrot Top, Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Kimmel, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg and Brigitte Neilsen, among others. And throughout the evening, DJ Spinderella spins tunes, with Public Enemy’s hit, “You’re Gonna Get Yours,” sure to be in heavy rotation.