Creator / The Comedy Network

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Time Well Wasted
— Their longtime slogan, in reference to A&E's "Time Well Spent".

The Comedy Network (generally referred to as just ''Comedy'' since 2010) went on the air in October of 1997. 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), repeats of CTV comedies, 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 most of Comedy Central's programming now airing on MuchMusic (Outside of Comedy Central's late-night news satire shows), 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. For most of the network's lifetime, before the CRTC began phasing out genre protectionnote , various Canadian shows would air with great repetition and lots of ad time. Corner Gas got it, and two of it's successors (Hiccups and Dan for Mayor) got it as well. Canadian Content laws plus Adored by the Network 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, Wow! 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.

Original programming broadcast by The Comedy Network include (Ongoing shows in bold):

  • Alice, I Think (2006)
  • The Beaverton (Based on the website; 2016-present)
  • Butch Patterson: Private Dick (1999-2001)
  • Corner Gas Animated (2018-present)
  • Comedy Now! (1997)
  • The Gavin Crawford Show (2000-2003)
  • Girls Will Be Girls (2005)
  • Good Morning World (2007)
  • Hotbox (2009-2010)
  • Improv Heaven and Hell (1998-2001)
  • The Jon Dore Television Show (2007-2009)
  • Just for Laughs: All Access (2003-present)
  • Kevin Spencer (The longest-running, domestically-animated, Canadian series; 1995-2009)
  • Keys to the VIP (2006-2008)
  • Liocracy (2001-2003)
  • Match Game (2012 English-Language version)
  • Odd Job Jack (2003-2007)
  • Picnic Face (2011)
  • Point Black (2002)
  • PopCultured (2005)
  • Puppets Who Kill (2002-2006)
  • Supertown Challenge (1998-2000)
  • This Sitcom Is...Not to Be Repeated (2001)
  • The Tom Green Show (Began as a public access show on Rogers Television 22; 1994-2000)
  • Truthhorse (2004)
  • Y B Normal? (1998-1999)
  • You Bet Your Ass

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