Canada's answer to Creator/{{Comedy Central}}, The Comedy Network (generally referred to as just ''Comedy'' since 2010) went on the air in October of 1997. Presently, it is owned by Bell Media, owners of Creator/{{CTV}}.

Initially, the station was subject to a fairly limited schedule. Episodes of British television were common (''Series/MrBean'' and ''The Baldy Man''), and the airtime was ''full'' of ''Just For Laughs'' comedy festival performances, ''Open Mike With Mike Bullard'' (a shoestring-budgeted talk show that was so AdoredByTheNetwork that it aired for eight seasons), ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' repeats (aired from the beginning and, unlike most American reruns, includes episodes from the much-maligned sixth and 11th seasons), and other older TV shows.

Eventually, the British programs were dropped, and the network started showcasing both original programming (''WesternAnimation/KevinSpencer'', ''Puppets Who Kill'', ''Butch Patterson: Private Dick'', ''Series/CornerGas'', etc.), and shows from Comedy Central (including ''Series/TheDailyShow'', ''Series/TheColbertReport'' and ''Series/AtMidnight''; and in its proper timeslots too). Pretty much anything from Comedy Central ends up on The Comedy Network, but since September of 2013, most of the former network's shows have premiered on sister network Creator/{{MuchMusic}}. In late 2016, The Comedy Network launched a branded Sunday night block for Comedy Central programming.

Today, The Comedy Network has become home to repeats of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' and other contemporary sitcoms. With the most popular of Comedy Central programming now airing on [=MuchMusic=], the network has also become home to several original comedies from Creator/{{TBS}}. To meet with Canadian Content guidelines, the Comedy Network still produces and airs a small number of Canadian-made shows, including a revival of ''MatchGame'' in 2012. Since The Comedy Network wholly owns some of these shows, they have helped create profit for them in the past.

Any rebranding the network has taken on has occurred slowly. Expect to see various Canadian shows on great repetition, and with lots of ad time. ''Series/CornerGas'' got it, and it's successors (''Hiccups'' and ''Series/DanForMayor'') got it as well. Canadian Content laws plus AdoredByTheNetwork counts for a ''lot''.

The Comedy Network also has a sister channel in Comedy Gold. Formally a Canadian version of TV Land, this channel focuses on classic sketch comedy and sitcoms from the 1970's to 2000's. In exchange for a minority stake in the fledgling animation holding company, [[Creator/FrederatorStudios Wow!]] [[Creator/RainmakerEntertainment Unlimited Media]], Bell Media will relinquish control of Comedy Gold so that it may be relaunched as a kids channel under Wow, though Bell Media will also co-produce content.

It is not to be confused with The Comedy ''Channel'' in Australia.