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On Thursday Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT the stars align for The Comedy Network as it synchs up with Comedy Central for the live airing of NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS: AN OVERBOOKED CONCERT FOR AUTISM EDUCATION.

Hosted by Jon Stewart, the charity special is filled with live performances, sketches and short films from a roster of comedy all-stars including, Sacha Baron Cohen, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Ricky Gervais, David Cross, Ben Stiller, and many others.

Viewers in Canada are encouraged to donate to Autism Ontario during The Comedy Network’s exclusive broadcast. Highlights of the special are available at thecomedynetwork.ca following the broadcast.

NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS gives viewers a chance to call in during the broadcast and submit donations to celebrity operators. Manning the phone banks are comedic heavyweights Larry David, Lewis Black, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Joel McHale, John Oliver, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, Jim Parsons, Jimmy Kimmel, Tracy Morgan and Rainn Wilson, among others. Host Jon Stewart cuts in live throughout the special to mingle with the celeb operators and provide updates on funds raised. Pre-taped performances for NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS were shot on October 2, 2010 from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Canadians tuning into The Comedy Network’s exclusive broadcast of NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS can donate to Autism Ontario Online  or by phone at 1-800-472-7789.

NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS benefits a variety of Autism education and family service programs, in support of autistic individuals that so desperately need quality services. Since 2005, the NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS: AN OVERBOOKED CONCERT FOR AUTISM EDUCATION has raised nearly seven million dollars.

The Comedy Network expressed its sympathy today at the passing today of Canadian comedian, writer, and four-time Gemini Award nominee Irwin Barker.

In tribute to the much-loved comedian, The Comedy Network will re-air his one-hour stand-up special CAN’T STOP LAUGHING, Friday, June 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Comedy fans can witness his genius now on demand at www.thecomedynetwork.ca.

“Irwin Barker is no longer the funniest man alive,” said close friend Brent Butt. “He will be hugely and sorely missed. Thanks for everything you taught us.”

In June 2007, Irwin Barker was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given one year to live. Instead of packing it in, Barker packed his suitcase, and embarked on a cross-country stand-up tour with his ‘final year to live’ comedy act. Exactly one year after his diagnosis, Barker gathered a hand picked crew of funny men in Vancouver to deliver a healthy dose of hilarity for CAN’T STOP LAUGHING. Hosted by friend and colleague Mark Critch (THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES), the special delivers an avalanche of side-splitting jokes, stories, and gags, courtesy of comics Sam Easton, Peter Kelamis, Shaun Majumder, Bruce Clark, and the star of the evening, Irwin Barker.

Irwin Barker was one of Canada’s best-loved comedy writers and stand-up comedians. He has four Gemini Award nominations under his belt, two of them being for his writing contributions on THIS HOUR 22 MINUTES. His performing credits include CBC’s WESTERN ALIENATION, COMEDY NIGHT IN CANADA, COMICS, and CBC Radio’s MADLY OFF IN ALL DIRECTIONS.

 

Starting Thursday, Oct. 8 at 12 p.m. ET, The Comedy Network is giving up its goods online. Every week in October, viewers are invited to thecomedynetwork.ca to get a sneak peek at the hottest, big-ticket premieres before they hit the airwaves. This isn’t just a teaser, a snippet or a trailer; this is the full monty. On thecomedynetwork.ca viewers get to have the first laugh as entire premiere episodes of returning favourites and brand-new series hit the screens of computers nearby. With these exclusive online premieres added to thecomedynetwork.ca, The Comedy Network continues to deliver on its promise of offering all kinds of comedy, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms.

SOUTH PARK Season 13b – Season Premiere – Online
Thursday, Oct. 8 at 12 p.m. ET

In this season’s ghoulish premiere, the boys bring in professional ghost hunters to investigate paranormal activity in the Broflovski House. Powerful forces are tormenting Ike and he’s so freaked out the stress is killing him. Kyle and the boys are doing everything they can to save him but the poltergeists won’t leave Ike alone.
Broadcast premiere is Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

MICHAEL & MICHAEL HAVE ISSUES – Series Premiere – Online
Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 12 p.m. ET

A show-within-a-show, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter wrestle with their ongoing battle of “one-upmanship.” Their war of wits takes off in the first episode as Michael and Michael fight for the attention of an intern writing an article about them for his school newspaper.
Broadcast premiere is Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

RENO 911! Season 6 – Final Season Premiere – Online
Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 12 p.m. ET

This star-studded season opens with celebrity guest-star Jonah Hill in the riveting conclusion of Season 5’s finale episode, featuring the incident at the taco stand. Also joining in on this season’s high-octane thrills are George Lopez, Patton Oswalt, Carmen Elektra and many more!
Broadcast premiere is Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, following MICHAEL & MICHAEL HAVE ISSUES.

LIVE AT GOTHAM Season 4 –Season Premiere – Online
Saturday, Oct. 17 at 12 p.m. ET

LIVE AT GOTHAM returns for its fourth season with all-new, all-star hosts including Canada’s very own Deb DiGiovanni, and rising comedy stars Jo Koy, Bobby Lee, Judah Friedlander, Paul F. Tompkins, Charlie Murphy, Doug Benson, Rob Riggle and Jim Jefferies, among others.
Broadcast premiere is Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

THE JEFF DUNHAM SHOW – Series Premiere – Online
Friday, Oct. 23 at 12 p.m. ET

Super-star ventriloquist Jeff Dunham brings his characters, Walter, Peanut, Bubba J and Achmed the Dead Terrorist, to a live studio audience and also places them in real world scenarios.
Broadcast premiere is Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

An epic battle of barn-burning proportions is set to commence on The Comedy Network. It’s red-hot versus redneck as eight of the comedy industry’s greatest take to the airwaves for 10 nights of non-stop stand-up. The Comedy Network’s SUMMER OF STAND-UP continues on Monday, August 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT as the bad boys of comedy step into the ring for five nights, followed by the Blue Collar challengers beginning Monday, August 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT for another week of late-night laughs.

The first week starts with heavyweight Dane Cook followed by the raunchy Bob Saget and unfiltered Russell Brand. The legendary George Carlin finishes the match with two of his classic specials. After a weekend break, the Blue Collar comedians rush the ring. Throwing the first swings are Jeff Dunham and his right-hand…err…puppets. Fellow rednecks Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White deliver hard-hitting proletariat punches. In the final round, Jeff Dunham is back with a bad-assed ventriloquist throw down.

Monday, August 24 at 10 p.m. – DANE COOK: VICIOUS
For two hours, Cook tackles issues like the therapeutic value of a good lie, the sincerity behind a post-sneeze ‘God bless you,’ cheating and the shock of seeing your father’s genitals.

Tuesday, August 25 at 11 p.m. – BOB SAGET: THAT AIN’T RIGHT
Bob Saget’s performance in New York City proves that even a wholesome television dad can get raunchy… real raunchy.

Wednesday, August 26 at 11 p.m. – RUSSELL BRAND: LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY
Russell Brand covers everything from his experience working with Britney Spears, to the philosophical side of being a rocking sex god.

Thursday, August 27 at 11 p.m. – GEORGE CARLIN: ON LOCATION AT USC
In his first comedy special, Carlin explores topics like flying on planes, supermarkets, and his controversial “Seven Dirty Words” routine that provoked a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Friday, August 28 at 11 p.m. – GEORGE CARLIN: IT’S BAD FOR YA
Filmed just four months before his death; Carlin riffs on death, hero worship, and the failure of the “self-esteem” movement.

Monday, August 31 at 11 p.m. – JEFF DUNHAM: ARGUING WITH MYSELF
Dunham is joined by old favourites Peanut, Walter and Jose Jalapeno as well as two new sidekicks Bubba J and Sweet Daddy Dee.

Tuesday, September 1 at 11 p.m. – BILL ENGVALL: HERE’S YOUR SIGN

After years of watching dummies in action, Blue Collar Comedy veteran Bill Engvall calls out stupidity of all kinds in this one hour stand-up special.

Wednesday, September 2 at 11 p.m. – LARRY THE CABLE GUY: MORNING CONSTITUTIONS
Larry comments on everything from terrorism to Wal-Mart, throwing in a few country songs for good measure.

Thursday, September 3 at 11 p.m. – RON WHITE: THEY CALL ME TATER SALAD
White ponders the absurdity of fashionable eyewear, contemplates idiots and discusses his half-mad, deer-hunting cousin in his stand-up performance.

Friday, September 4 at 11 p.m. – JEFF DUNHAM: SPARK OF INSANITY

The puppet show continues when Dunham and his crazy cast of friends, including Walter and Jose Jalapeno, return in a second off-the-wall special.

Get ready for full-tilt hilarity when The Comedy Network unleashes a double-shot of Jamie madness with JAMIE KENNEDY: UNWASHED and JAMIE FOXX: UNLEASHED as part of The Comedy Network’s SATURDAY STAND-UP series. The Jamie assault launches with the edgy stand-up of Jamie Kennedy on Saturday, July 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and wraps up the following week with Jamie Foxx on Saturday, July 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Following their broadcast debuts, the Jamie duo are available uncensored and on demand at thecomedynetwork.ca.

In the Canadian premiere of his stand-up special, Jamie Kennedy (Scream, Malibu’s Most Wanted, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment) performs before a sold-out crowd at the San Jose Theatre. From reenacting a British porno to imitating a horny dog, the waters get murky in JAMIE KENNEDY: UNWASHED. A comedic genius, Kennedy uses over 40 distinct voices and characters to capture his audience. Unabashed and completely unpredictable, Kennedy thrusts his audience into uncontrollable laughter in this hilarious hour-long stand-up special.

Jamie Foxx lets loose in his home state of Texas with bang-on impressions and outrageous physical humour in JAMIE FOXX: UNLEASHED. From riffing on rappers’ angry lyrics to an assault on dating and sex, Foxx puts anything and everything on blast. As an Oscar-winner (Ray), television star (The Jamie Foxx Show, In Living Color), and one of America’s top stand-up comedians, Foxx is a force in the entertainment industry. Foxx’s electrifying onstage energy is contagious in UNLEASHED as the audience finds itself laughing, knee-slapping and frequently on its feet.

A taste of the Jamies:

Jamie Kennedy on American guys:
Guys do weird things in America. We ask questions during sex. Guys will be with a girl and “oh yeah, oh yeah. Can you feel that? Can you feel that?” Guys, if you have to ask… you’re setting yourself up.

Jamie Foxx on rappers:

Rappers get on my nerves with that ‘wanting to kill people’ thing. Ain’t no other entertainer talking about that. Calm down… Am I right? You don’t see no country western stars going at it. You couldn’t see Clint Black and Billy Ray Cyrus going at it. Could you see that? Clint would be like “hey hey hey hey hey hey, Billy. Heard you talking shit, boy. F*ck around if you want to brother, but I don’t play that game. I’ll kick your achy breaky ass up in here mother f*cker.”

As previously announced, Mike Marino performs before a raucous hometown crowd at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park in MIKE MARINO: NEW JERSEY’S BAD BOY OF COMEDY, July 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on The Comedy Network.

The Comedy Network turns up the heat on comedy this summer delivering fever-pitch laughs with the premiere of COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS with two 30-minute specials airing back-to-back Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT beginning July 10. As part of The Comedy Network’s SUMMER OF STAND-UP series, Season 13 of COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS serves up 24, blazing-hot, uncut and uncensored stand-up specials.

Filmed at New York City’s historic Hudson Theatre, COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS rolls out today’s hottest comics on sets designed to reflect their material and personality.  This season launches the laugh-attacks on July 10 with comedians Kurt Metzger at 10 p.m. ET/PT, followed by Doug Benson at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Kurt Metzger has performed on COMEDY CENTRAL’S LIVE AT GOTHAM, appeared on Important Things with Demetri Martin and was the stand-out comedian at the Montreal Comedy Festival’s New Faces showcase. He has also written for Chappelle’s Show.

Metzger-“ism”: She’s like, ‘Oh, I’m not a 10? What does that mean? Did you settle? Did you have to settle for me?’ Which is awkward because that’s what I thought we were both doing. Isn’t that why it’s called ‘settling down’?

In addition to being named High Times Magazine’s 2006 Stoner of the Year, Doug Benson (aka Professional Humoredian), has much more to be proud of. He has made numerous television appearances including LAST COMIC STANDING, and hosts a semi-regular podcast called I Love Movies  before a live audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.

Benson-“ism”: I was on the toilet for so long, I finally said to myself, ‘I’m getting too old for this sh*t.’

Other upcoming comics in COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS:

July 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT – ANTHONY JESELNIK
This young, good-lookin’ New York City-native has appeared on Late Night With Conan O’Brian, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Down And Dirty With Jim Norton, and Last Call With Carson Daly.

Jeselnik-“ism”: A couple of months ago, I gave my girlfriend some fancy lingerie, and she actually got mad at me. She said, ‘Anthony, I think this is more of a gift for you than it is for me.’ And I said, ‘If you want to get technical, it was originally a gift for my last girlfriend.’

July 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT – BRIAN SCOLARO
Actor/Comedian Brian Scolaro hails from New York City and is known mostly for his role as ‘Stuart’ on FOX’s STACKED with Pam Anderson and as ‘Gordon’ on NBC’s THREE SISTERS.

Scolaro-“ism”: Over the phone, a female orgasm sounds like a woman running up the stairs.

The Comedy Network continues to be Canada’s one-stop destination for all things comedy with a smorgasbord of comedic greats. With 20 more names to be announced at a later date, COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS delivers big laughs as one of five stand-up series in The Comedy Network’s SUMMER OF STAND-UP. Let the good times roll with COMEDY NOW! Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, double shots of SATURDAY NIGHT STAND-UP starting July 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and SUNDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN at 10 p.m. ET/PT, starting Aug. 9. Later in August, night-owls can bust a gut until they pass out with Stand-Up Week running Mondays to Fridays at 11 p.m. ET/PT., from Aug. 24 to Sept. 4.

The Comedy Network and XM Canada have combined forces and creative minds to up the ante on innovative ad spots to promote a common interest…laughter. In a first-time deal with XM Canada, The Comedy Network will broadcast three, 15-second spots featuring original creative by CTV Brand Partnerships. Starting today, the spots will run for three weeks.

Initiated by XM Canada’s agency ZenithOptimedia and commissioned by XM Canada, the commercials were created by CTV Brand Partnerships Creative Director Patrick McCann, and Director/Producer Nick Appleton. Meant to look like YouTube viral clips, the spots feature three funny shorts, “Sir Geek-a-Lot,” “T-Balls Yikes,” and “Human Engine.” The promos invite viewers to try out XM Canada’s new comedy channels by signing up for a free, seven day trial on xmradio.ca/freetrial/. Broadcast exclusively on The Comedy Network, these spots will also run online at thecomedynetwork.ca, jokeroo.com, and xmradio.ca.

“The campaign provides a unique way to showcase XM Canada’s Comedy Channels to a targeted, engaged audience,” says Chris Barr, Account Director, ZenithOptimedia.

This new initiative between XM Canada and The Comedy Network is testimony to the inventive ways advertisers and CTV Brand Partnerships creative team can work together to bring creative initiatives to life. It aspires to raise awareness among advertisers that this one-stop-shop with experienced writers, producers, and editors is a cost-effective choice to produce ads.

Flinch. Wince. Explode in gales of guilt-ridden laughter. Starting May 3, The Comedy Network loads up on British wit with 90 minutes of Ricky Gervais. The network presents a double-dose of Gervais with THE OFFICE at 10 p.m. ET/PT, followed by his triumphant sophomore project, EXTRAS at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT, airing uncut and uncensored, back-to-back.

It seems many Canadians love to poke fun at the absurd, the over-hyped, and humdrum details of everyday life, and no one does it better than Ricky Gervais. His brilliant portrayal of the world’s best-worst boss, David Brent in THE OFFICE, connected with paper pushers across the country. Then, when EXTRAS premiered on The Comedy Network in 2008, viewers faithfully tuned in each week to watch Andy Millman struggle with egos and dunces on his way to fame and fortune. His masterful manipulation of the dull to hilarious is unmatched, and people who like to laugh can’t get enough.

To stiffen your funny bone, below are some memorable quotes from THE OFFICE, and EXTRAS:

THE OFFICE: David Brent-isms

“I haven’t got a sign on the door that says white people only. I don’t care if you’re black, brown or yellow – you know, Orientals make very good workers.” – Season 1, Episode 1, “Downsize”

“If you have lost both legs and both arms just go ‘at least I’m not dead’. Though I’d rather be dead in that situation to be honest – I’m not saying people like that should be put down. I’m saying that in my life I’d rather not live without arms and legs ’cause you know… I’m just getting into yoga.” – Season 2, Episode 4, “Motivation”

EXTRAS – Celebrity Guest Quotes

“If you do a film about the Holocaust, you’re guaranteed an Oscar … that’s why I’m doing it: Schindler’s bloody List …” Kate Winslet as herself in the role of a nun during the Holocaust. – Season 1, Episode 1, “Kate Winslet”

“How can I cheer up this orphaned kid? By showing him the DVD of Dodgeball? Well, sure, then he’ll be happy for an hour and a half, but what then? Do I show him Dodgeball again? Of course, he’ll get more out of it, because he’ll spot new things the second time round. It’s layered; it’s written that way. But how many times can I show him Dodgeball? Seven, eight, maybe. Then what?” – Season 1, Episode 2, “Ben Stiller”

Saturday, March 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

― Award-winning witty, gritty comedian takes the stage in this Canadian premiere ―

Toronto, Ontario (March 2, 2009) — Hailed by Time Out as “the most exciting comedian of his generation”, Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall ) brings his larger than life one-man act ― and hair ― to the Comedy Network in RUSSELL BRAND IN NEW YORK CITY. Premiering Saturday, March 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Brand invades The Comedy Network’s SATURDAY NIGHT STAND-UP series with his gift of gab, and his hilarious, twisted take on life.

Part rock star, part comedian, and totally entertaining, Russell Brand has taken North America by storm. Open about his past struggles with drugs, alcohol, and sex addiction, Brand’s self-deprecating humour has attracted fans and critics alike. Filmed at the El Museo Del Barrio theatre, RUSSELL BRAND IN NEW YORK CITY is a witty, gritty hour of stand up viewers won’t want to miss.

From his scene-stealing performances in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, to hosting the 2008 MTV MUSIC AWARDS, to his run of sold-out shows at the Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival, Russell Brand is one of today’s most relevant entertainers.

He is the winner of six comedy awards including two British Comedy Awards, “Best Newcomer, 2006” and “Best Stand Up, 2008”. Brand’s next role is in Julie Taymor’s The Tempest and, in May 2009, Brand begins production on Get Him To The Greek, a new Judd Apatow-produced comedy, in which Brand reprises his role as rocker Aldous Snow. Brand’s much anticipated award-winning and bestselling biography, My Booky Wook is now available in Canada.

Encore presentation Monday, March 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The cream of the crop of up-and-coming comedic talent is on the rise in the 2008 CREAM OF COMEDY. Hosted by Deb DiGiovanni, this one-hour showdown between five of Canada’s most promising new comics premieres Sunday, March 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on The Comedy Network.

The 2008 CREAM OF COMEDY features five comedic acts competing for the prestigious Tim Sims Encouragement Award. The award includes a $5,000 cash prize and the opportunity to create a short film for The Comedy Network’s CANADIAN COMEDY SHORTS series.

The 2008 CREAM OF COMEDY features the winners of this year’s competition, the hilarious sketch comedy troupe 7 Minutes in Heaven. Others taking the stage include comedians Zabrina Chevannes, Adam Christie, Alana Johnston and Bryan O’Gorman. 7 Minutes in Heaven were presented the prestigious comedy prize by Tim Sims Encouragement Fund founder Lindsay Leese at the 2008 CREAM OF COMEDY event, held last November in Toronto.

Last year’s winner’s short, Nathan Macintosh’s COFFEE SHOP, will premiere on The Comedy Network and thecomedynetwork.ca in Spring 2009.

About The Winner:
Thornhill natives Josh Saltzman, 26, and Laura Cilevitz, 23, have been writing and performing together for two years. Their troupe, 7 Minutes In Heaven, appeared at the Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival this past summer to rave reviews. Saltzman and Cilevitz are also members of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning sketch troupe The Sketchersons, who recently performed at the Just For Laughs Sketch Comedy Showcase in Toronto.

Tim Sims Encouragement Fund:
The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund is dedicated to the memory of comedian Tim Sims, a well-known and loved comedic performer, writer and director. The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund is a charitable foundation founded by Lindsay Leese in 1995. The Comedy Network has been the title sponsor of CREAM OF COMEDY for the past 12 years. Visit www.timsims.com for additional information.