Creator: The Comedy Network
A Canadian answer to the USA's Comedy Central
, 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 (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 other older TV shows.
Eventually, the British programs were mainly dropped, and the network started showcasing both original programming (Kevin Spencer
, Butch Patterson: Private Dick
, Corner Gas
), and programming from Comedy Central
(including The Daily Show
, The Colbert Report
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 The Big Bang Theory
(and formerly The Simpsons
, which for some reason, along with South Park
moved to sister network MuchMusic... 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. 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
. In 2012, the network also started airing a Canadian-made revival of Match Game
Also runs a sister digital channel, Comedy Gold (which used to be TV Land Canada), focusing on classic sketch comedy and sitcoms.