The Comedy Network

As viewers prepare for fresh spring television offerings, BBM data confirms what The Comedy Network already knows: Canada loves to warm up with hot, hot laughs!

Since last September, Comedy has seen the largest absolute audience growth of any specialty network in Canada, resulting in growth factors of 24% among Total Viewers, 62% for Teens and 24% for Men 18-49.

Comedy is also #2 for absolute audience growth among Adults 18-49, up 25% over the same weeks last year.

And equally impressive, women have also been keeping warm with a steaming cup of Comedy, resulting in female viewers shooting up 25% (W18-49).

Up four positions among Adults (18-49) in the non-sports specialty rankings over last year, Comedy is pacing in the Top 5 among Adults (18-49, #5), as well as with Teens (12-17, #4) and Men (18-49, #4). Comedy also earned a Top 10 spot among females and total viewers (W18-49 and 2+, #10).

Among the most-viewed programming on Comedy this winter has been TOSH.0, wrapping up its winter run last week. With no redemption required, TOSH.0 finished Season 4A as Comedy’s #1 series, attracting its largest audiences to-date with an average audience among Adults (18-49) of 167,000 viewers.

Led by top shows THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, THE COLBERT REPORT and TOSH.0, TheComedyNetwork.ca served over 35 million video views since last September, buoyed by a relaunch on the site in November.*

Already roaring into spring, Comedy ranked as the #1 specialty network for Adults and Women and Men (18-49) this long weekend, courtesy of Friday’s TOSH.0 marathon and THE BIG BANG THEORY Easter Marathon.

Coming up, Comedy plants a new crop of SATURDAY NIGHT STAND-UP specials, starting Saturday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with ELLEN DEGENERES: HERE AND NOW, followed later in the month by KEVIN POLLAK: THE LITTLEST SUSPECT (Saturday, April 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT) and TRACY MORGAN: BLACK AND BLUE (Saturday, April 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT). May keeps on cranking out the laughs with the premiere of an all-new season of TOSH.0 beginning Tuesday, May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT before the Season 3A premiere of WORKAHOLICS at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Plus, a new batch of stand-up special premieres including ROSEANNE BARR: BLOND AND BITCHIN’ (Saturday, May 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT), MICHAEL MCDONALD: MODEL. CITIZEN (Saturday, May 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT), and JB SMOOVE: THAT’S HOW I DOOZ IT (Saturday, May 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT).

This December, The Comedy Network kicks Kris Kringle in the kisser with a merry mix of naughty and nice holiday programming.

In keeping with the network’s fine tradition of festive fair, Springfield and South Park freeze over, viewer favourite THE BIG BANG THEORY has a big-ass blowout, and it’s all served with a side of leftover Celebrity Roasts.

Adding some new sparkle to Comedy’s holiday lineup is the all-new, one-hour special, A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS, on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Comedy kindly gifts viewers a plethora of hilarious programs this season, including THE GRINCH WHO STOLE SPRINGFIELD, a three-week-long marathon of THE SIMSPONS episodes featuring the town’s own Scrooge, Mr. Burns; Comet and Cupid crapping all over South Park with the CHRISTMAS IN SOUTH PARK marathon; the aptly named IT’S A WONDERFUL RED GREEN CHRISTMAS; JEFF DUNHAM’S VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, THE COMPLETE CORNER GAS-A-THON; plus so much more!

 

Complete chronological holiday programming is as follows:

 

Monday, Dec. 5

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

Starting on Dec. 5, Mr. Burns-centric episodes of THE SIMPSONS all month long! Get ready to yell “Boo-urns!”

 

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Two Cars in Every Garage”

 

Tuesday, Dec. 6

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Blood Feud”

 

Wednesday, Dec. 7

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Burns Verklaufen der Kraftwerk”

 

Thursday, Dec. 8

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Rosebud”

 

Friday, Dec. 9

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Burns’ Heir”

 

Saturday, Dec. 10

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Who Shot Mr. Burns (Part 1)”

8:30 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Who Shot Mr. Burns (Part 2)”

10 p.m. ET/PT – A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS *The Comedy Network Premiere*

 

Monday, Dec. 12

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “2 Dozen and 1 Greyhounds”

 

Tuesday, Dec. 13

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Homer the Smithers”

 

Wednesday, Dec. 14

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Burns Baby Burns”

 

Thursday, Dec. 15

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Mountain of Madness”

 

Friday, Dec. 16

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “The Old Man and the Lisa”

 

Christmas in SOUTH PARK

5 a.m. ET/PT – SOUTH PARK: “Woodland Critter Christmas”

5:30 a.m. ET/PT – SOUTH PARK: “It’s Christmas in Canada”

 

Saturday, Dec. 17

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “The Trouble with Trillions”

8:30 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Monty Can’t Buy Me Love”

10 p.m. ET/PT – JEFF DUNHAM’S VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

 

Monday, Dec. 19

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Homer vs. Dignity”

 

Tuesday, Dec. 20

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love”

 

Wednesday, Dec. 21

The Grinch Who Stole Springfield Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Fraudcast News”

 

Thursday, Dec. 22

A Simpsons Christmas Marathon

A holiday tradition would not be complete without some seasonal satire from the beloved animated family! The Comedy Network delivers the gift of laughs with a premium bounty of festive episodes.

 

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Skinner’s Sense of Snow”

 

Friday, Dec. 23

A Simpsons Christmas Marathon

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS: “Simpson’s Roasting On An Open Fire”

 

Christmas in South Park Marathon

3 a.m. ET/PT – SOUTH PARK: “Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo”

3:30 a.m. ET/PT – SOUTH PARK: “Merry Christmas Charlie Manson”

4 a.m. ET/PT – SOUTH PARK: “Mr. Hanky’s Christmas Classics”

4:30 a.m. ET/PT – SOUTH PARK: “Are You There God? It’s Me, Jesus”

5 a.m. ET/PT – SOUTH PARK: “A Very Crappy Christmas”

5:30 a.m. ET/PT – SOUTH PARK: “Red Sleigh Down”

 

Saturday, Dec. 24

Holiday Favourites on Christmas Eve

Starting at 6 a.m. ET/PT, enjoy an entire day of festive frolicking when the very best holiday-themed comedy specials come together in Yuletide jeer. Gather the family and sit down with some sit-com favourites including NEWSRADIO and SEINFELD and stick around for a heaping helping of Christmas themed episodes of THE SIMPSONS and SOUTH PARK and a rebroadcast of A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS.

 

5 p.m. ET/PT – NEWSRADIO – “Xmas Story”

5:30 p.m. ET/PT – NEWSRADIO – “Christmas”

6 p.m. ET/PT – NEWSRADIO – “Stupid Holiday Charity Talent Show”

6:30 p.m. ET/PT – SEINFELD – “The Race”

7 p.m. ET/PT – THE BIG BANG THEORY – “The Bath Item Hypothesis”

7:30 p.m. ET/PT – THE BIG BANG THEORY – “The Maternal Congruence”

8 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS – “Marge Be Not Proud”

8:30 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS – “Miracle of Evergreen Terrace”

9 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS – “Grift of the Magi”

9:30 p.m. ET/PT – THE SIMPSONS – “Tis the 15th Season”

10 p.m. ET/PT – A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS

11 p.m. ET/PT – JEFF DUNHAM’S VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

 

Sunday, Dec. 25

A Big Bang Blowout Marathon

Spend Christmas day with Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Howard and Raj with a choice cultivated crop of favourite episodes starting at 10 a.m. ET/PT all the way through to and ending at 10 a.m. on Dec. 27.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 27

Leftover Roasts Marathon

Avoid the Boxing Day bedlam blitz and instead get filled up on a heaping serving of famed train wreck celebrities being skewered on an all day marathon of roasts!

 

10 a.m. ET/PT – ROAST OF WILLIAM SHATNER

11:30 a.m. ET/PT – ROAST OF FLAVOUR FLAV

1 p.m. ET/PT – ROAST OF BOB SAGET

2:30 p.m. ET/PT – ROAST OF LARRY THE CABLE GUY

4 p.m. ET/PT – ROAST OF JOAN RIVERS

5:30 p.m. ET/PT – ROAST OF DAVID HASSELHOFF

7 p.m. ET/PT – ROAST OF DONALD TRUMP

8:30 p.m. ET/PT – ROAST OF CHARLIE SHEEN

 

Saturday, Dec. 31

The Jeff Dunham & Friends Marathon

Holidays are meant to bring family and friends together, so why not join Jeff Dunham along with his friends on an all-day marathon celebrating the side-splitting antics.

 

3 p.m. ET/PT – THE JEFF DUNHAM SHOW (Season 1)

6:30 p.m. ET/PT – COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS: JEFF DUNHAM

7 p.m. ET/PT – JEFF DUNHAM: SPARK OF INSANITY

8 p.m. ET/PT – JEFF DUNHAM:– CONTROLLED CHAOS

 

A VERY SPECIAL EPISODES SOUTH PARK MARATHON

Tune in on New Years Eve for the Canadian premiere of SOUTH PARK’s “Imaginationland” trilogy, which kicks off an explosive marathon of very special episodes of SOUTH PARK.

 

9 p.m. ET/PT – “Imaginationland” Trilogy

10:30 p.m. ET/PT – “Jewbilee” Trilogy

12 a.m. ET/PT – “Growing Up” Double Episode

1 a.m. ET/PT – “Go God Go” Double Episode

 

Sunday, Jan. 1 – Tuesday, Jan 3

The Complete CORNER GAS-A-Thon

 

Starting at 12 p.m. ET/PT, prepare to ring in the New Year with 53 continuous hours of your pals from Dog River. Canada’s most popular comedy series returns in its entirety with all 107 episodes, back-to-back on The Comedy Network’s CORNER GAS-A-Thon.

As it enters its 15th year, The Comedy Network is dressing differently come Nov. 1, 2011 when the channel launches a fresh new look and feel.

Designed to best reflect the current programming strategy, the rebranded channel presence, complete with a redesigned logo, can be seen on everything from signage to on-air promos.

Simple yet limitless in its potential use, the fun and colourful new branding for Comedy allows for the channel’s personalities to be integrated into applications of the new elements.

Building on its highly successful slate of fall programming and coming off the channel’s most-watched year to-date, Comedy will continue to air comedies of all kinds across multiple platforms, including thecomedynetwork.ca, which will launch with its own new design simultaneously.

“For 14 years, Comedy has been known as the home of all things funny, and that’s not changed,” said Sally Basmajian, Vice-President and General Manager, Comedy and Drama. “With this new, refreshed and updated look and feel, the essence of the channel is reflected in a contemporary way that will evolve and expand along with the programming.”

“Our ultimate goal with this rebrand is to develop a new look that’s fresh, spirited and has the versatility to work on every platform,” said Jon Arklay, Vice-President, Creative and Brand, Bell Media Agency. “Be it on-air, in print or on digital platforms, this is a new image that connects us with comedy in all media.”

Beginning at 6 am ET on Tuesday, the Comedy rebrand rolls out with every on-air element featuring the new look. Also launching on Tuesday is the network’s completely redesigned website, thecomedynetwork.ca. Featuring more robust show pages, an improved video viewing experience and new social media integrations, the site’s branding will coincide with Comedy’s new brand presence.

The rebrand comes on the heels of Comedy’s most-watched year (2010/2011, total viewers and A18-49), and the most-watched month in channel history (Sept. 2011, among total viewers, A18-49, A18-34 and teens). In September, audiences grew as much 59% among total viewers and more than doubled among teen audiences.

From the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, The Comedy Network announced today a development slate of original programming brimming with homegrown Canadian comedic talent.

The robust list of upcoming projects includes the likes of Just for Laughs featured performers and Canadian comedy heavyweights Russell Peters, Jeremy Hotz and Tim Steeves.

Featuring a slew of seasoned and up-and-coming writers and producers, these new projects are the latest examples of the channel’s ongoing commitment to original Canadian production and programming.

Comedy Network executives will now work with the talent involved in developing the projects into potential pilots and/or series.

The Comedy Network’s new development slate includes (working titles):

RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: International comedy superstar, Russell Peters, is dreaming of a “multi-cultural, ethnically diverse, this ain’t your dad’s Christmas special”, featuring stand-up, sketch, animation and musical performances, all with the help of top international and Canadian performers.

HOTZ D.V.M: Starring Gemini Award-winning actor and Canada’s “most miserable” stand-up comic, Jeremy Hotz, this half-hour scripted series centres around a neurotic, self-obsessed man who moves back home to open his own veterinary practice and is reunited with his three closest childhood friends. International comedy award-winning Hotz has appeared on THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN and THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO numerous times and has starred in his own critically acclaimed one-hour stand up special JEREMY HOTZ: WHAT A MISERABLE SHOW THIS IS. Attached to this project are producer/director/writer Troy Miller (BORED TO DEATH, PARKS AND RECREATION) and producer Jodi Lieberman (JUST FOR LAUGHS).

THE TIM STEEVES PROJECT: A weekly comedic review of events, newsmakers and cultural trends that have both irritated and intrigued host Tim Steeves (writer, TALKING TO AMERICANS, RICK MERCER REPORT). The Gemini Award-winning international stand-up comedian takes a no holds barred, gun-slinging and sometimes acerbic look at the world from a Canadian perspective. Attached to this project are Greg Eckler (writer, THE RICK MERCER REPORT and LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE) and Mark Farrell (creator, DAN FOR MAYOR; developer, CORNER GAS).

SATISFACTION: This half-hour scripted sitcom from Tim McAuliffe (writer, DAN FOR MAYOR, LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON, UP ALL NIGHT) explores the hilariously complicated relationship between a twentysomething Montreal couple and their “single guy” roommate.

SPUN OUT: SPUN OUT follows a disgraced writer who tries to turn his life around by joining a PR firm. The problem? This group of spin doctors is incapable of spinning their own lives in the right direction. Created by Brent Piaskoski (Executive Producer, THE LATEST BUZZ, RADIO FREE ROSCO), Jeff Biederman (Executive Producer, OVERRULED!, MUDPIT) and Emmy Award-winning Brian K. Roberts (Director, DAN FOR MAYOR, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND). Should it move forward, the series will be produced by Andrew Barnsley (Producer, HOTBOX) of Project 10 Productions.  

The Comedy Network takes to the streets of Montreal this week with some of the funniest people in the world at the 2011 Just For Laughs Festival.

Throughout the final Festival weekend, July 28 – 31, The Comedy Network is pleased to present live shows and conference panels and tape two live shows for broadcast, a first for the network.

The specials, AMP’D (featuring the iconic Weird Al Yankovic and Tom Green) and TRIBUTE TO NERDS (hosted by THE BIG BANG THEORY’s Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg) will air later this Fall, exclusively on The Comedy Network. 

The Comedy Network also presents a live showcase of comedy troupe Picnicface, before a series of the same name premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m., exclusively on The Comedy Network, and the highly anticipated annual “State of the Industry” address by Andy Kindler.

As well, Amanda Brooke Perrin, winner of The Comedy Network’s country-wide “BEST JOB SUMMER JOB EVER” search for a social media intern, is set to thrill the Twitterverse with exclusive backstage interviews at some of the hottest JFL shows.

Viewers can check out her comedy adventures on Twitter @comedynetwork and at thecomedynetwork.ca. 

 

Below is a day-by-day snapshot of The Comedy Network’s stellar showing at the 2011 Just For Laughs Festival this weekend in Montreal: 

 

Thursday, July 28

PITCH ‘TIL YOUR SIDES SPLIT: TV SERIES PITCH SESSION

The Comedy Network executive Jake Labow joins an esteemed panel of network execs on hand to help guide budding comedy writers and producers as part of the Just For Laughs Comedy Conference. This session is a great opportunity to provide constructive guidance to the pitchers which will be invaluable to them and to their audience. 

 

PICNICFACE

Part of the Just For Laughs Insider Series, this live show is a 90-minute performance of sketches with world premiere clips from the PICNICFACE television series, premiering September 21 following a series sneak peak, August 31 on The Comedy Network. The stage performance is an aggressively paced, absurdist roller coaster of comedy, with steep drops and sudden, unexpected turns. The audience will get up close and personal with the Halifax-based comedy troupe comprised of Andrew Bush, Kyle Dooley, Cheryl Hann, Mark Little, Brian Eldon Macquarrie, Evany Rosen, Scott Vrooman, and Bill Wood.

 

AMP’D 

To be taped for broadcast later this year, exclusively on The Comedy Network, AMP’D, hosted by the legendary Weird Al Yankovic, is what happens when you mix awesome music with kick-ass comedy. Produced by Just for Laughs in association with The Comedy Network, this show features YouTube sensation Bo Burnham, comedian/musician Reggie Watts, the world-renowned Tim Minchin and duo of comedians who can rock a beat, Garfunkel & Oates. After nearly twenty years, Canada’s own Tom Green reunites with Organized Rhyme for this sonically stellar show. This blend of cutting edge comedians and out-there music promises to be one of the coolest shows at the fest.

 

Friday, July 29

ANDY KINDLER’S STATE OF THE INDUSTRY ADDRESS 2011 Presented by The Comedy Network, Festival attendees are invited to pontificate against the machine with Andy’s yearly gripe-fest. This promises to be an upbeat tirade sprinkled with friendly contempt and misplaced anger. What is the sound of one man whining?

 

HOMEGROWN COMIC COMPETITION

Presented by The Comedy Network, some of the best young comics in Canada are invited to Montreal to bust their butts and duel it out in front of a live audience. Hosted by Mark Little of The Comedy Network’s PICNICFACE, the homegrown comics on board for this stand-up throw-down are Sunee Dhaliwal (Vancouver), Kathleen McGee (Edmonton), Steve Scholtz (Calgary), Dave Merheje (Windsor), Mark DeBonis (Toronto), Nile Seguin (Toronto), Darrin Rose (Oshawa), Matt Carter (Ottawa) and Massimo (Montreal). The discerning panel of judges includes The Comedy Network executive Sarah Fowlie. 

 

TRIBUTE TO NERDS 

To be taped for broadcast later this year, exclusively on The Comedy Network, and hosted by THE BIG BANG THEORY’s Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg, TRIBUTE TO NERDS pays homage to those whose lives consist of iPhone apps, graphic novels, World of WarCraft, and everyone else who knows that geek = chic. No dress code required but thick-rimmed glasses are strongly encouraged. This show also features some of the nerdiest comics in the biz such as Brian Posehn, Mark Little, Chris Hardwick, Kumail Nanjiani, Dan Mintz and Sammy J & Randy. Produced by Just for Laughs in association with The Comedy Network. 

 

Saturday, July 30

SHOWRUNNERS: THE KINGPINS OF TV 

Sponsored by The Comedy Network, this Just For Laughs Comedy Conference panel discusses one of the most unusual and demanding, right-brain/left-brain job descriptions in the entertainment world – showrunners. Not just writers and producers, they hire and fire writers and crew members, develop story lines, write scripts, cast actors, mind budgets and run interference with studio and network bosses. Bill Carter (The New York Times) moderates the illustrious panel which includes David Mirkin (THE SIMPSONS), Michael Reiss (THE SIMPSONS), Michael Schur (PARKS AND RECREATION), Robert Carlock (30 ROCK) and Steven Levitan (MODERN FAMILY).

As announced during last night’s episode of TOSH.0, The Comedy Network has hired Amanda Brooke Perrin of Calgary, Alberta for the BEST SUMMER JOB EVER!

The competition was fierce with more than 1,500 applications received and a stellar and hilarious Top 10 short list all vying to be the official voice of @comedynetwork.

On Monday, July 4, this social media savvy funny lady checks in to The Comedy Network headquarters for the gig of a lifetime. Check out her “acceptance speech” here. 

In less than two weeks, Amanda Brooke Perrin can officially add BEST SUMMER JOB EVER to her already impressive resume. From reception to executive assisting, this University of Calgary Film & Communications student already has some mighty comedy chops to flex. Amanda has trained with The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, and was nominated for “Best Newcomer” at the 2010 Canadian Comedy Awards. 

As The Comedy Network’s first ever “Comedy Insider” Amanda will be the social media voice of the network for the months of July and August, 2011. On top of getting paid to watch TV and go see some live comedy, the Calgary native has scored a fully furnished apartment in downtown Toronto and the exclusive opportunity to work full-time at the funniest office in the country: The Comedy Network headquarters.

It’s official: Canadians don’t like jobs that suck.

Today, The Comedy Network has announced the Top 10, shortlisted candidates for the BEST SUMMER JOB EVER!

More than 1,500 applications were tweeted from coast to coast to be the official voice of @comedynetwork…but only one social media superstar will land the “Comedy Insider” gig.

The successful candidate will be announced Tuesday, June 21 at thecomedynetwork.ca.

The Comedy Network’s first ever “Comedy Insider” will be the social media voice of the network for the months of July and August, 2011.

They also get paid to watch TV and go see some live comedy. Far from a glorified summer internship, THE BEST SUMMER JOB EVER includes the use of a furnished apartment in downtown Toronto and the exclusive opportunity to work full-time at the funniest office in the country: The Comedy Network headquarters at 299 Queen Street West.

They tweeted. They Tumblr’d. They begged and pleaded on YouTube. Canada, behold the Top Ten BEST SUMMER JOB EVER finalists: 

 

1. Amanda Brooke Perrin – @randyrire (Calgary, AB)

hey @comedynetwork … remember that time I STOOD IN A BIKINI AT A BUS STOP FOR YOU? http://bit.ly/iqUzIa For serious. #bestsummerjob

 

2. Sarah Leslie – @theSarahLeslie (Sarnia, ON)

@comedynetwork If we were in a relationship, I wouldn’t show you my granny panties until after 2 months. #bestjobever #anniversarysurprise

 

3. Allie Tripp – @alexandrakt (Kingston, ON)

@comedynetwork *generic and unoriginal tweet that is somehow clever enough to make the website* #bitter #2isntenough

 

4. Yusef Dualeh – @yusefdoodie (Toronto, ON)

@comedynetwork I dream about comedy, I write comedy. I eat comedy. Literally. I write jokes with my alphabet soup.

 

5. Derek Morrison – @loopswooppull (Saskatoon, SK)

@comedynetwork ever wonder what it’d be like to work with a young, funny Phillip Seymour Hoffman? Hire me & find out. #scentofacomic

 

6. Dan Mack – @DannoMack (Lindsay, ON)

@comedynetwork You should hire me because my blog made me $1.76 this month. Ergo, you’d be hiring a bona fide professional writer. Nbd

 

7. Andrew Hunt – @Mr_AndrewHunt (Toronto, ON)

Real Twitter folk agree. I’d be swell for @comedynetwork #BestSummerJobEver. & I haven’t even spammed-clicked the ‘likes’ – real humans!

 

8. Jennifer Ludek – @Jenludek (Calgary, AB)

@comedynetwork one time I peed in a purse. Hire me so I can buy a new one!

 

9. Brian Glazer – @GlazedTweets (Mississauga, ON)

Hire me for #bestsummerjob ..because my whole life is #workaholics ..you know, minus the office part..But you can change that @comedynetwork

 

10. Bianca Ker – @Stealmyplaylist (Vancouver, BC)

Watching episodes of “Hiccups” and “Mad Love” so that I can say I’ve seen everything @comedynetwork streams online #totaldedication

It was a powerful Spring on The Comedy Network and this Summer’s going to be a beast! The Comedy Network kicked butt in April as it was the most-watched month in the network’s history, ranking the channel as the #5 non-sports commercial specialty network in Canada.

April showered The Comedy Network with a weekly average of 3.7 million viewers aged 18-49. With big laughs on the horizon, returning fan favourites and hot new series premieres, The Comedy Network is set to deliver a hilarious summer lineup. 

This summer, two original Canadian productions, the Pythonesque sketch-series PICNICFACE (August, TBD) and the ground-breaking comedy-horror series, TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL (June 5 at 9 p.m. ET/ PT) come down the pipeline just in time to rev up viewers. The Comedy Network also dishes out stellar new acquisitions including the much-anticipated comedy series, JON BENJAMIN HAS A VAN (June 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT). 

The Comedy Network welcomes back fan favourites including Season 2 of HICCUPS (June 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT), DAN FOR MAYOR (June 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT), and UGLY AMERICANS (June 30 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) as well as Season 14 of COMEDY NOW! (July 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT). The punches keep rolling in August when THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF KID ROCK (date & time to be determined) promises to bring cringeworthy laughs sure to dominate water-cooler chat the next day.

Below is the list of Summer series on The Comedy Network. All programming is subject to change. 

 

HICCUPS (Season 2 Premiere)

Thursday, June 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

As a new season begins, it’s still a case of the lost leading the lost, with the best of intentions and very little chance of success. In the Season 2 premiere, a trip to Hollywood is in order for Millie, Stan and Taylor to investigate some options for a Grumpaloo movie. Back at Haddison House, Joyce uses Anna and Crystal as guinea pigs to test homemade skin care products.

 

UPLOAD YOURS (Season 2 Premiere)

Friday, June 3 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT

Season 2 shines a spotlight on videos uploaded to The Comedy Network’s user-generated comedy site: uly.thecomedynetwork.ca

 

TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL (Series Premiere) 

Sunday, June 5 at 9 & 9:30 ET/PT

Todd is the only one standing between the Book of pure evil and the end of the world as we know it. The book of pure evil has power that will make your deepest, darkest dreams come true…but at a horrifying cost. Check out the series premiere and watch as Todd transforms into a heavy metal god to impress Jenny. 

 

THE SPORTS SHOW WITH NORM MACDONALD (Season Finale)

Wednesday, June 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PTThe season finale features the ever- sarcastic Macdonald with his unique and comedic take on the most topical and controversial stories from the sports world.

 

SOUTH PARK (Season 15A Finale)

Wednesday, June 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

Set in a small town nestled in the Colorado Rockies, the Emmy-award winning, critically acclaimed, animated series, South Park ends season 15 with hilarity and intrigue. 

 

DAN FOR MAYOR (Season 2 Premiere)

Friday, June 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

In Season 2, Dan Phillips is now the Mayor of Wessex. This season, he gets himself in trouble with the Chief of Police, a neighbouring mayor and a dodgy Ethics Commissioner. Dan haplessly navigates his way through his relationship with Claire while attempting to have a not-too-weird friendship with Claire’s ex, Mike. Dan also struggles to find time to have a beer with his old pal Jeff, the new owner of Fern’s Bar and Grill.

 

WORKAHOLICS (Season Finale)

Monday, June 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

When the CEO of TelAmezriCorp arrives to liquidate the company, it’s up to the guys to change his mind and save the day. 

 

JON BENJAMIN HAS A VAN (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, June 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

The series premiere features a newsmagazine-style sketch show. Benjamin stars as an investigative reporter hitting the streets in his custom van doing human interest stories

 

HOT IN CLEVELAND (Season 2B Premiere)

Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Elka’s in jail as the ladies bring on the heat in the season 2 premiere. It’s 24 hours after the storm and the ladies start picking up the pieces, while continuing to pick up men. 

 

JOHN OLIVER’S NEW YORK STAND UP SHOW (Season 2 Premiere)

Friday, June 24 at 12 a.m. ET/PT

Oliver plays host to a night of stand-up featuring today’s hottest comedians. Each episode opens with Oliver’s witty observations before introducing his guests’ show-stopping performances

 

UGLY AMERICANS (Season 2A Premiere)

Thursday, June 30 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

Comedy gets uglier with Ugly Americans. Set in an alternate universe New York City, the animated series follows the life of Mark Lilly, a social worker at the “Department of Integration,” as he helps new citizens, both human and “other,” adapt to hectic city life. 

 

YUK YUK’s GREAT CANADIAN LAUGH-OFF (2011) (Special Premiere)

Saturday, July 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PTWhy go out to the clubs when YUK YUK’s GREAT CANADIAN LAUGH OFF brings a big night out to the small screen? Eight comedians go head-to-head in an ultimate comedy smack-down for a shot at fame and $25,000, exclusively on The Comedy Network. 

 

COMEDY NOW! (Season 14 Premiere)

Friday, July 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

The all-Canadian, uncensored stand-up series features a bevy of new up and coming comedians including Mark Little, Peter White and Rebecca Kohler.

 

CANADIAN COMEDY AWARDS (Special Premiere)

Wednesday, August 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Canucks take centre stage in 11th annual Canadian Comedy Awards showcase, featuring the best and brightest Canadian comedians in the industry. 

 

PICNICFACE (Series Premiere)

August – date & time to be announcedThe Comedy Network original series is a fast-paced, mash-up comedy mixing contemporary animation and absurd sketch comedy. 

 

ROAST OF KID ROCK (Special Premiere)

August – date & time to be announced 

The five-time GRAMMY®-nominated artist is roasted by a star-studded group of comedians and friends. 

Forget folding khakis and flipping burgers. The Comedy Network is hiring the ultimate “Comedy Insider” with the BEST SUMMER JOB EVER! search, kicking off at Noon ET today.

This is an open call to find The Comedy Network’s first ever “Comedy Insider” who will be the social media voice of the network for the months of July and August 2011…and get paid for it!

Jobseekers can apply via Twitter to @comedynetwork and let us know why they deserve this sweet gig. The successful candidate will be announced Tuesday, June 21 on The Comedy Network and thecomedynetwork.ca.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Far from a glorified summer internship, THE BEST SUMMER JOB EVER! includes the use of a furnished apartment in downtown Toronto and the exclusive opportunity to work full-time at the funniest office in the country: The Comedy Network headquarters at 299 Queen Street West.

 

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be witty, spunky, social media savvy, like to watch TV and is at least 19 years old as of today. When not attending the hottest live comedy events in Canada, the successful applicant will act as the social media “voice” of the channel.

 

Viewers can check out the best tweets from prospective applicants at the campaign microsite, bestjob.thecomedynetwork.ca.

Deadline for applications is Monday June 6, 2011.

Broadcast details are now revealed for the first annual broadcast of THE COMEDY AWARDS, airing Sunday, April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, only on The Comedy Network.

With Canada’s Daryn Jones hosting exclusive red carpet hits throughout the broadcast, THE COMEDY AWARDS honours the best in comedy and will feature appearances from the likes of Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan and more.

As announced earlier this week, Eddie Murphy will be honoured as the recipient of the inaugural Comedy Icon Award. Murphy has been selected as this year’s individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to comedy and whose impact and innovations have changed the landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers. Murphy will be honored for his work in stand-up, sketch, film and television, among other numerous pioneering achievements.

The Comedy Network has also confirmed that presenters and attendees for THE COMEDY AWARDS include comedy stars, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Ty Burrell, Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Bill Hader, Chloë Moretz, Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig, with further talent announcements forthcoming.

Grammy Award-winning artist, The Roots, will entertain the audience throughout the event as THE COMEDY AWARDS house band. The inaugural event will also feature for the first time Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island, performing “I Just Had Sex” featuring Akon live.

The Comedy Icon Award, along with the previously announced Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence, will be presented during the taping of the first annual event at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom this Saturday, March 26.