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A Canadian answer to the USA's ComedyCentral, The Comedy Network (generally referred to as just ''Comedy'' since 2010) went on the air in October, 1997. 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 other older TV shows.

Eventually, the British programs were mainly dropped, and the network started showcasing both original programming (''KevinSpencer'', ''Butch Patterson: Private Dick'', ''CornerGas''), and programming from ComedyCentral (including ''Series/TheDailyShow'', ''Series/TheColbertReport'' and ''Series/AtMidnight'' in its proper timeslots too, but pretty much anything from that network has ended up on The Comedy Network for a while). It's also become yet another home to endless repeats of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' (and formerly ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', which for some reason, along with ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' moved to sister network [=MuchMusic=]... [[NetworkDecay/{{Slipped}} huh?]]), as well as numerous Canadian-original shows (to meet with Canadian Content guidelines, and to create profit for the station, which owns some of these shows).

Any rebranding the network has taken on has occurred slowly. Expect to see various CTV or Comedy Network-based programming on great repetition, and with lots of ad time. ''CornerGas'' got it, and it's successors (''Hiccups'' and ''Series/DanForMayor'') got it as well. Canadian Content laws plus AdoredByTheNetwork counts for a ''lot''. In 2012, the network also started airing a Canadian-made revival of ''MatchGame'' too.

Also runs a sister digital channel, Comedy Gold (which used to be TV Land Canada), focusing on classic sketch comedy and sitcoms.
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