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Series / The Jeselnik Offensive

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"A lot of horrible things have happened this week. I guess we're just lucky."
—The host himself, Anthony Jeselnik

The Jeselnik Offensive was a show on Comedy Central hosted by infamous comedian Anthony Jeselnik, who mocks often tragic news stories, typically involving death, racism, and similar topics. After his monologue, he'll typically close up the first act of his show by playing games like "Who Wore It Better?" or audience games like "Search and Destroy." At the end of his first (or beginning of his second) segment often comes the "Sacred Cow," where Anthony jokes about things often deemed too offensive to joke about, including cancer, necrophilia, and child mortality. Anthony then begins the Panel, featuring guest comedians such as Nick Kroll or Amy Schumer, who go on to further mock tragic news stories. For the third act, Anthony and co. will continue this and close with "Defend Your Tweet", wherein Anthony's guests must defend a tweet they made at some point. Noted for its extreme emphasis on very dark humor.


  • Actually Pretty Funny: Quite a few jokes on the panels would come at the expense of Jeselnik or his fellow guests, and the insulted person would generally be the first person to laugh.
    Pete Holmes: ...although, Anthony, this IS underwear that shocks a potential rapist. IS that why your hair is sticking up?
    Jeselnik: (nods head and smiles) That's good. That's good.
  • Amicable Exes: Amy Schumer appeared twice on the show - once while dating Anthony and once after they broke up. While they ribbed each other a bit, it's clear that they still respect each other as comics and friends.
  • Author Appeal: The infamous "Shark Party" sketch apparently derives from an honest appreciation Jeselnik has for sharks. His second comedy album, Caligula, has a shark on the cover. Jeselnik explains his love of sharks and the "Shark Party" sketch in Thoughts & Prayers.
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  • Black Comedy: Some of the blackest on TV. The show got in trouble in New Zealand before the first season's conclusion.
  • Butt-Monkey: Pete Holmes got dumped on an awful lot.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played for Laughs in the seventh episode of Season 1, which featured T.J. Miller making constant rape jokes.
    Anthony: I never thought I would have to tell another comedian, "Chill with the rape stuff."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Some of the things Anthony gets away with (like showing a picture of a fetus while joking about abortion, or mocking a baby with eight limbs) are astonishing, even given the network's history of lax standards. The humor is pretty dark.
  • Running Gag: Anytime TJ Miller was on the show, he always busted out a pair of Wolverine Claws.

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