Creator / The Comedy Network

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Canada's answer to 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 CTV.

Initially, the station was subject to a fairly limited schedule. Episodes of British television were common (Mr. Bean 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 Adored by the Network that it aired for eight seasons), Saturday Night Live 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 (Kevin Spencer, Puppets Who Kill, Butch Patterson: Private Dick, Corner Gas, etc.), and shows from Comedy Central (including The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and @midnight; 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 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 The Big Bang Theory 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 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 Match Game 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. Corner Gas got it, and it's successors (Hiccups and Dan For Mayor) got it as well. Canadian Content laws plus Adored by the Network counts for a lot.

Also has a sister channel in Comedy Gold (which used to be a Canadian version of TV Land), focusing on classic sketch comedy and sitcoms. It is not to be confused with The Comedy Channel in Australia.
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