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Creator / The Comedy Network


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). For a while, pretty much anything from Comedy Central ended up on The Comedy Network. However, since September of 2013, most of Comedy Central's shows have been airing on sister network MuchMusic.(.. Wait, what?) The Comedy Network has also become home to repeats of The Big Bang Theory, as well as several 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 original 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. In 2012, the network also started airing a Canadian-made revival of Match Game too.

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.