• 12.18.1990
    Home Box Office, Inc. and Viacom International Inc. announce the merger of their competing basic cable comedy services - HBO's The Comedy Channel and MTV Networks HA! The TV Comedy Network - into a single ad-supported basic cable network called Comedy TV (working title).
  • 01.17.1991
    Home Box Office and Viacom International name an eight-member management committee, comprised of four senior executives from each company to oversee Comedy TV. HBO - Michael Fuchs, chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes, EVP and CFO, Lee deBoer, EVP, Briget Potter, SVP. MTV - Tom Freston, chairman & CEO, Neil Braun, SVP, Sara Levinson, EVP, Jim Shaw, SVP & COO.
  • 03.26.1991
    COMEDY CENTRAL signs a major affiliation agreement with TeleCommunications, Inc., the nation's largest cable operator.
  • 05.28.1991
    COMEDY CENTRAL signs a company-wide affiliation agreement with #3 ranked MSO Continental Cablevision.
  • 06.19.1991
    COMEDY CENTRAL and Edie Adams donate episodes of "The Ernie Kovacs Show" to the permanent collection of The Museum of Television and Radio in a ceremony at the Museum in New York City.
  • 06.26.1991
    COMEDY CENTRAL signs a multi-year agreement with Nielsen Home Video Index for national people meter service.
  • 07.01.1991
    COMEDY CENTRAL launches in New York City on Manhattan Cable TV and Paragon Cable to a potential 500,000 subscribers. To celebrate, the network lowers comedienne Judy Tenuta from the flagpole in Times Square.
  • 10.09.1991
    COMEDY CENTRAL co-produces Denis Leary's one-man off-Broadway show "No Cure For Cancer."
  • 11.20.1991
    COMEDY CENTRAL lands Blue-Chip advertisers Sony, Burger King, Pontiac, Molson, Dial Brands, Levi Strauss and Nissan, among others in a fourth quarter surge in sales activity.
  • 11.21.1991
    COMEDY CENTRAL receives 10 nominations in its first CableACE Awards competition for excellence in cable programming.
  • 12.10.1991
    Myers Marketing and Research study reveals COMEDY CENTRAL is the top choice among cable operators adding new channels.
  • 12.20.1991
    COMEDY CENTRAL adds a million subscribers in December to close out the year with 22 million subscribers.
  • 01.15.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL programming wins three CableACE Awards in its first year of the competition.
  • 01.20.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL introduces a provocative new on-air image campaign shattering the taboo of death in advertising with the tagline "We're All Gonna Die, Watch COMEDY CENTRAL."
  • 01.28.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL successfully pressures the networks and CNN to provide access to President Bush's 1992 State of the Union Address pool feed for unprecedented live comedy coverage of a presidential speech hosted by Al Franken.
  • 01.31.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL and Paramount Pictures join forces for a massive "Wayne's World" cross promotion tied to the theatrical release. Dana Carvey and Mike Meyers's appearance on "Short Attention Span Theater" generate the network's highest ratings to date, 1.6.
  • 02.25.1992
    Comedian Richard Lewis is signed to host the network's new stand-up showcase series "The A-List."
  • 03.31.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL hits the road with a 15-city "Stand Up To Go" karaoke comedy Mall Tour.
  • 05.05.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL ranks #1 in primetime audience concentration of adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, exceeding FOX, the three broadcast networks and all basic cable networks for the second consecutive quarter.
  • 05.22.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL "goes dark" against Johnny Carson's last broadcast and sells the dark hour to national advertiser Mcllhenny Tobasco Brand Products.
  • 06.10.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL signs Sandra Bernhard to host the second season of "The A-List."
  • 06.24.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL debuts the first all-women, issue-oriented comedy series "Women Aloud" hosted by Mo Gaffney.
  • 07.08.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces plans to cover the Democratic National Convention in New York City live for two hours a night, more than any of the broadcast networks. Hosted by Al Franken, "InDecision '92: The Democratic National Convention," is acclaimed by media watchers as truly alternative and entertaining campaign coverage.
  • 07.24.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL locks comedian/sports fanatics Joe Bolster and John Caponera in a hotel room to watch all 1,241 hours of the NBC/Cablevision Olympic Triplecast in "Olympiacs."
  • 08.17.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL heads to Houston to the Republican National Convention for live coverage, two hours a night, for four nights in "InDecision '92: The Republican National Convention.
  • 09.23.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL forms a new affiliate advertising sales division under VP David McCoy to better serve cable operators growing need to add revenue-building networks to their local advertising sales line-up.
  • 11.03.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL presents five hours of live election night coverage with Al Franken, Sinbad, Will Durst, Bill Maher, Joy Behar and Roy Blount, Jr. in "InDecision '92: Election Night."
  • 11.04.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL reaches corporate-wide distribution agreement with fifth-largest MSO Cablevision Systems Corp.
  • 11.17.1992
    For the second consecutive year, COMEDY CENTRAL receives 10 CableACE Award nominations.
  • 12.01.1992
    COMEDY CENTRAL reaches affiliation agreement with top-15 MSO Sammons Communications, Inc., serving 950,000 subscribers.
  • 01.12.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL wins two CableACE Awards for excellence in cable programming.
  • 03.01.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL aims its comic sights at the day's headlines with daily comedy news segments called "Reality Checks."
  • 04.07.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL pilots a unique one-hour home shopping comedy program the "800 Club," hosted by creator and in-house employee Vinnie Favale. The show makes a modest profit and Pat Robertson threatens to sue.
  • 05.12.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL exposes the comic farce of the Tailhook '91 scandal with dramatic readings from the Department of Dense Inspector General's final report on the scandal.
  • 05.20.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL begins production on a new topical series "Politically Incorrect" with Bill Maher as host in a drive towards increasing topical, thought-provoking comedy on the network.
  • 05.24.1993
    Pepsi becomes the first title sponsor on COMEDY CENTRAL in a seven-figure sponsorship agreement that renames the network's flagship stand-up series "Pepsi's A-List."
  • 06.04.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL launches its first major consumer advertising campaign with the tagline "Nothing is Sacred."
  • 07.17.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL's launches a massive original programming blitz as counter programming to network summer reruns under the promotional banner of "COMEDY CENTRAL's Fall Season in July," generating the network's highest quarterly ratings of the year.
  • 08.04.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL and Canada's CITYTV announce their intention to file an application with the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission to launch COMEDY CENTRAL Canada.
  • 08.05.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL signs Korey, Kay & Partners as its new ad agency.
  • 08.25.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL boosts original programming output to follow "Fall Season in July" with another original programming blitz with two new series and three specials called "COMEDY CENTRAL's Fall Season in the Fall."
  • 08.31.1993
    Red hot comedian Jerry Seinfeld hosts a 10-hour tribute to his mentors Abbott & Costello in the "Abbott & Costello Meet Seinfeld" marathon.
  • 09.16.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL showcases local radio personalities from a dozen markets every Friday night as they host the network's primetime schedule in "Radioactive TV."
  • 10.26.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL covers "Fashion Week" in Bryant Park with daily reports hosted by Vogue editor-at-large Bill Norwich.
  • 11.08.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL continues its commitment to humorous political coverage of "Democracy InAction: The NAFTA Debate" as Ross Perot and Vice President Al Gore go head-to-head on the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • 11.30.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL acquires "Soap," one of television's most controversial programs and kicks off the series with "All the Soap in the World," presenting all 93 episodes back-to-back. The marathon sets network ratings records.
  • 12.03.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL makes television history when it debuts the first all-gay and lesbian comedy special "Out There" shot on National Coming Out Day. The special doubles the network's primetime ratings average.
  • 12.07.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL and Sports Illustrated join forces for "Super January" Super Bowl joint sales promotion and "Crash and Freeload like a Celebrity" national contest. Comedian Martin Mull hosts the "Super Bowl Jam" special shot by NFL Films.
  • 12.21.1993
    COMEDY CENTRAL passes the 30 million subscriber mark to end the year at 30.5 million subscribers.
  • 01.04.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL covers its first court case and presents "COMEDY CENTRAL On Trial: Bobbitt vs. Bobbitt."
  • 01.04.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL signs its second CD-ROM agreement with Sanctuary Woods Multimedia Inc., a leading developer of family-oriented entertainment and educational CD-ROM titles.
  • 01.25.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL gives Clinton the one-two punch with live coverage of his "State of the Union Address" hosted by Dennis Miller, for which he later received a CableACE Award nomination, followed by a live one-hour post-speech analysis on "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher."
  • 02.22.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL out sweeps the networks in the rush to air the Tonya Harding vs. Nancy Kerrigan saga when the network debuts the 5-minute made-for-TV movie "Spunk: The Tonya Harding Story" starring Tina Yothers. TV Guide later votes it the best Tonya movie of them all.
  • 03.21.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL invites viewers to offer jokes and comic observation of the Academy Awards telecast and participate in COMEDY CENTRAL Oscar polls through the Prodigy and America On-Line computer online services.
  • 04.05.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL cult hit "Mystery Science Theater 3000" wins the network's first Peabody Award for outstanding achievement in broadcasting and cable.
  • 04.19.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL packs New Orleans' Orpheum Theater to a standing room only crowd of cable operators attending a live performance by comedian Jerry Seinfeld at the National Cable Television Association Show.
  • 04.20.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL follows shock jock Howard Stern to Albany in his bid for the Libertarian Party gubernatorial nomination in "Citizen Stern: The Road to Albany."
  • 04.27.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL launches a new consumer advertising campaign with the tagline "What the Hell is Going on Here?"
  • 05.03.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL takes comedy and magic on the road with a 15-city Penn & Teller Tour sponsored by MCI.
  • 05.23.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL teams up with the American Red Cross to create awareness for the Humanitarian organization through a series of PSA's featuring COMEDY CENTRAL talent.
  • 06.01.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL presents "Briefs Encounter: Jones vs. Clinton," a five-minute news event about presidential accuser Paula Jones, narrated by attorney William Kunstler with dramatic reenactments.
  • 07.04.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL launches its second "Fall Season in July" summer programming campaign with the debut of the new sketch series "Limboland."
  • 07.21.1994
    "Mystery Science Theater 3000" lands COMEDY CENTRAL its first Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
  • 07.24.1994
    The nation's television critics universally hail the COMEDY CENTRAL acquisition from the BBC "Absolutely Fabulous" as the summer's top breakout hit when it debuts in a 12-episode marathon.
  • 08.11.1994
    To parody the commercial exploitation of Woodstock '94, COMEDY CENTRAL stages a one-night standing room only performance of "COMEDY CENTRAL Presents National Lampoon's Lemmings," starring "Saturday Night Live's" Chris Farley.
  • 08.18.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL captures the nation's media attention when Gennifer Flowers sings "Happy Birthday Mr. President," Marilyn Monroe-style for president Clinton's birthday on the 19th.
  • 08.30.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces 28 system launches to add one million new subscribers by the end of 1994.
  • 10.11.9994
    COMEDY CENTRAL presents its second all-gay and lesbian comedy special "Out There II" on National Coming Out Day.
  • 10.31.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL pulls a "War of the World" type Halloween stunt when it breaks the "news" in a series of on-air reports that O.J. Simpson has escaped from prison in a Mr. Softee truck to go trick-or-treating with A.J. Cowlings.
  • 11.02.1994
    Ten separate COMEDY CENTRAL programs generate 11 CableACE Award nominations for excellence in cable programming.
  • 11.09.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL commences production on the half-hour animated series "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist" to debut in May, 1995.
  • 12.15.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL presents a satirical simulcast of President Clinton's address to the nation called, "The Lame Duck Stops Here: President Clinton Speaks."
  • 12.26.1994
    COMEDY CENTRAL celebrates Monty Python's 25th anniversary with a week-long "Python-a-thon" which features two specials never-before-seen in the U.S., "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" with director's commentary and 45 episodes of "Monty Python's Flying Circus."
  • 01.01.1995
    Pepsi teams up with COMEDY CENTRAL to present outtakes from COMEDY CENTRAL's NFL series, "Offsides" to nearly 10,000 supermarkets across the country.
  • 01.14.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL airs a five-hour marathon "Comedy Central's Ace in the Hole" to celebrate 11 CableACE nominations.
  • 01.17.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL's announces that it will debut its first half-hour animated series, "Dr.Katz: Professional Therapist" on May 28, 1995.
  • 01.18.1995
    "Lounge Lizards," COMEDY CENTRAL's new half-hour stand-up comedy series from Las Vegas premieres.
  • 01.22.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL debuts "Exit 57" a new sketch comedy from the makers of "SCTV" and "Kids in the Hall."
  • 01.24.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL takes on Bill Clinton and his Republican handlers with its "State of the Union: Undressed," live with Dennis Miller followed by a special edition of "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher."
  • 01.24.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL invites students from 25 colleges across the country to their local bar to watch COMEDY CENTRAL's live "State of the Union: Undressed," hosted by Dennis Miller, and participate in the "State of the Union: Undressed" interactive bar game.
  • 01.30.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL kicks off "Pipeline" in February with Jim Breuer, a new short form programming series that spotlights a new comedian every month.
  • 01.31.1995
    Presidential Advisor George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with Bill Maher for a special edition of COMEDY CENTRAL's "Politically Incorrect" for an unprecedented half-hour interview.
  • 02.04.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL debuts "Hi-Octane," a weekly post-modern magazine show about stars, cars and adventurers in L.A. with hosts Sofia Coppola and Zoe Cassavetes.
  • 02.13.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL adopts "Just Say NO.J." a new public service campaign that delivers its take on the trial and media circus of the Simpson case.
  • 03.11.1995
    "The Young Ones" come crashing onto the COMEDY CENTRAL schedule.
  • 03.14.1995
    Comedian Bill Maher, star of COMEDY CENTRAL's "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher," provides the entertainment at the 51st Annual Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner, held at the Washington Hilton, in Washington D.C.
  • 03.22.1995
    Crow and Tom Servo, the wise-cracking robot stars of COMEDY CENTRAL's "Mystery Science Theater 3000" host "MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special," their first Oscar special.
  • 03.23.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL presents a special edition of "Politically Incorrect will Bill Maher" as well as the premiere of "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist," at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, hosted by HBO in association with COMEDY CENTRAL.
  • 04.04.1995
    Roseanne and Bill Maher go toe-to-toe on a special one-to-one edition of COMEDY CENTRAL's "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher."
  • 04.15.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL debuts "NBA Saturday Night," a two-hour "Saturday Night Live" block including NBA Players and co-host comedian Flex.
  • 04.30.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL celebrates the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War with "Viva Vietnam: A White Trash Adventure Tour" starring comedian Tom Rhodes.
  • 05.01.1995
    "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist," COMEDY CENTRAL's first foray into animation premieres in movie theaters a full two weeks before it hits the all-comedy television network airwaves.
  • 05.08.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL acquires two foreign news-based comedies, "Drop the Dead Donkey" and "Frontline."
  • 05.23.1995
    Connie Chung is offered the position of Managing Editor and Anchorperson of COMEDY CENTRAL's news division.
  • 05.30.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL signs Janeane Garofalo to host a new alternative comedy series "Comedy Product" to debut July 15.
  • 06.04.1995
    "Married Life," COMEDY CENTRAL's first "reality-com" series debuts.
  • 06.12.1995
    "Absolutely Fabulous," Britain's best bloody British comedy, returns to COMEDY CENTRAL for the third and final season.
  • 06.15.1995
    Doug Herzog is named President and CEO of COMEDY CENTRAL and takes charge of the network July 5.
  • 07.20.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" and "Mystery Science Theater 3000" are honored with three Primetime Emmy nominations.
  • 07.27.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL hits Santa Monica beach for its stand-up special "Honda Presents: Comedy del Sol" hosted by Richard Jeni.
  • 07.28.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL's marathon high-stakes comedy poker game "The Real Deal" debuts.
  • 08.03.1995
    Jonathan Katz, star of the popular COMEDY CENTRAL sitcom "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist," wins the Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in the 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Award competition.
  • 08.13.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL's new comedy soap opera "The Clinic" starring, the former caped-crusader, Adam West premieres.
  • 08.26.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL debuts "The Ben Stiller Show" with a never-before-seen lost episode of the series.
  • 08.28.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL kicks off "Radioactive From The Tank" and invites radio stations to broadcast live from COMEDY CENTRAL in New York City through September 1st.
  • 09.01.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL, with Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Inc., and Boulevard Books, hits the stores with the first in a series of six fresh, irreverent books entitled "Bill & Hillary's 12-step Recovery Guide: How to Recover From Anything."
  • 09.20.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL is nominated for 19 CableACE Awards including nods for Best Talk Show, Comedy Series, Comedy Special, International Comedy and Animated Program.
  • 09.28.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL abandons "Just Say NO.J." campaign and names Doug Llewelyn of "The People's Court", senior correspondent of O.J. Simpson jury deliberation coverage.
  • 10.04.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL delivers a "verdict on the verdict" with two special editions including a live hour call-in show of "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher."
  • 10.09.1995
    Doug Herzog names former MTV Programmer Eileen Katz Senior Vice President of COMEDY CENTRAL Programming.
  • 10.11.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL debuts on "National Coming Out Day," its third all-gay and lesbian comedy special "Out There In Hollywood" hosted by Scott Thompson.
  • 10.25.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL acquires "It's Garry Shandling's Show" and "The Tracey UlIman Show."
  • 11.28.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL acquires 123 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series "Dream On" from MCA Television Entertainment.
  • 12.03.1995
    "It's Garry Shandling's Show," the two-time Golden Ace Award-winning series, makes its debut on COMEDY CENTRAL.
  • 12.04.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL tops all basic cable networks with five CableACE Awards including Best Talk Show, International Comedy and Animated Program.
  • 12.07.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces its ad account to move to New York- based Holland Advertising, Inc.
  • 12.31.1995
    COMEDY CENTRAL premieres "Comics Come Home", a comedy fund-raising event to benefit The Cam Neely foundation and brings in the New Year laughing with comedians Denis Leary, Steven Wright, Jon Stewart, Marc Maron and Laura Kightlinger.
  • 01.22.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL issues an 80-page glossy magazine that cuts out all the gratuitous sports and delivers only the sex with "SPORTS IMITATED: The Swimsuit Issue Parody-- Baking in the Big Apple."
  • 01.23.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL's ticket of Bill Maher and Dennis Miller kick off "InDecision '96" presidential campaign coverage with a live "State of the Union: Undressed" followed by a special live edition of "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher."
  • 02.20.1996
    Bill Maher and COMEDY CENTRAL's "InDecision '96 " correspondent Chris Rock head up to New Hampshire for a special primary edition of "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher."
  • 03.14.1996
    Roseanne goes head-to-head with OJ jurors on COMEDY CENTRAL's "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher."
  • 04.01.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL in conjunction with Advertising Age celebrate the network's fifth anniversary with a parody aimed at the seriousness of the advertising industry.
  • 04.02.1996
    Doug Herzog announces that COMEDY CENTRAL and "Mystery Science Theater 3000" producer Best Brains Inc. are unable to reach agreement on an extended contract.
  • 04.03.1996
    Al Franken challenges Rush Limbaugh, "The Big Fat Idiot," to a debate on COMEDY CENTRAL.
  • 04.20.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL takes a jab at politics with the debut of "InDecision '96": Setting the Agenda" a one-hour special hosted by Bill Maher.
  • 04.22.1996
    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY magazine and COMEDY CENTRAL team up to launch the weekly EW/COMEDY CENTRAL "InDecision '96" poll.
  • 04.29.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL's 1st quarter 1996 full day ratings up 53% and prime up 34% over 1st quarter 1995.
  • 05.06.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL signs "SportCenter's" Craig Kilborn to host "The Daily Show."
  • 05.08.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL snags legendary funnyman Don Rickles as the network's "paid spokesperson."
  • 05.29.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL purchases the last two-acre plot of the controversial Whitewater land development and move in.
  • 06.18.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL signs comedian/writer Al Franken and syndicated columnist/author Arianna Huffington as correspondents for the network's "InDecision '96" campaign coverage.
  • 06.18.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL's master humorists join forces with Pocket Books to present "Web Sightings."
  • 06.18.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL teams up with the Fox Children's Network to debut the hit animated series "The Tick" in September.
  • 07.10.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL and Major League Baseball Productions hit the road for a journey into the national pastime with "Baseball-A-Palooza: The All-Star Game."
  • 07.12.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL acquires the award-winning investigative series "TV Nation" with host Michael Moore.
  • 07.18.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL receives two nominations in the 1995-1996 Primetime Emmy Awards competition.
  • 07.21.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL's distribution surges past the 40 million subscriber mark.
  • 07.22.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL debuts "The Daily Show" with host Craig Kilborn.
  • 08.07.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "InDecision '96" heads to the Republican National Convention in San Diego with live prime-time reports and special live one-hour editions of "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher."
  • 08.21.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "InDecision '96" ratings during GOP conventions enjoys a 120% increase over the same week last year.
  • 08.21.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL and J. Walter Thompson collaborate on pilot study to test effectiveness of commercials.
  • 08.26.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "InDecision '96" heads to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago with live prime-time reports and special live one-hour editions of "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher."
  • 08.26.1996
    Politicians get the last laugh as COMEDY CENTRAL presents "Presidential PSA's" featuring George Bush, Gerald Ford and Dan Quayle with the tag line, "Vote- It's No Laughing Matter."
  • 08.26.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL acquires the pre-syndication window to two 1994 Fox comedy features, "PCU" and "Airheads."
  • 08.31.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL heads downtown to Tompkins Square Park in New York City with the debut of "Tompkins Square," a new stand-up series and special hosted by Jeffrey Ross and Dana Gould.
  • 09.11.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL programs and talent garner a total of six nominations including nods for Best Talk Show, Comedy Series, International Comedy and Animated Program in the 18th Annual CableACE Awards competition.
  • 09.11.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces that Patsy and Edina will be featured in an "Absolutely Fabulous" 90-minute TV movie.
  • 09.22.1996
    "The Tick" fights evil and debuts on COMEDY CENTRAL in a groundbreaking distribution deal with Saban Entertainment and Fox's Children Network and roll out new episodes of first-run series in prime time.
  • 09.25.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL and Pocket Books introduce the hilarious book, "Dr. Katz's Me At A Glance: All-in-One Organizer for The Most Important Person in Your Life."
  • 09.30.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL begins "Our Land is Your Land" national sweepstakes and gives away the two-acre plot from the Whitewater development. The grand prize includes: $5,000 cash and five days/four nights at each of the following destinations: The Manhattan Island, The Redwood Forest and The Gulf Stream Water.
  • 10.06.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL steps onto the rink with the NHL and the Celebrity All-Star Hockey Team to tape, "Hollywood Hockey Cup" at Santa Monica Beach with Matthew Perry, Alex Trebek and Matt Frewer, among others.
  • 10.09.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL debuts "Pulp Comics," a combination of storytelling and film bits with the first edition starring Paul Provenza.
  • 10.16.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL's new programming team, headed by Eileen Katz, senior vice-president, gives the go-ahead to two new series, "Comics On Delivery" (COD) and "Viva Variety."
  • 10.18.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL and Major League Baseball Productions salute the 1996 World Series with the debut of "Baseball-A-Palooza II" with host Nick Bakay.
  • 10.23.1996
    Beginning in January 1997, the LA Times Syndicate will distribute a daily and Sunday comic strip of COMEDY CENTRAL's "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist" to major-market supermarkets.
  • 11.02.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL debuts new episodes of "Offsides" hosted by Nick Bakay and co-produced with NFL films.
  • 11.05.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL airs a special two-hour live Election Night edition of "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher."
  • 11.06.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL adds a live studio audience to "The Daily Show" and moves to "Politically Incorrect's" coveted 11:00 p.m. time slot.
  • 11.09.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL teams up again with Cam Neely to tape "Comics Come Home" and broadcast it New Year's Eve on the all-comedy network.
  • 11.18.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL's hit series "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" wins the CableACE Award for Best Talk Show for the third consecutive year.
  • 12.02.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL debuts "TV Nation," the offbeat, real-life news, investigative series hosted by Michael Moore.
  • 12.04.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL debuts the second "Pulp Comics" special with Bobcat Goldthwait.
  • 12.10.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL adds seven million subscribers and six million insertable subscribers in 1996.
  • 12.31.1996
    COMEDY CENTRAL teams up again with Cam Neely and Denis Leary for a second annual "Comics Come Home" with comics Steven Wright, Anthony Clark, Dave Chappelle, among others.
  • 01.11.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL presents the cable premiere of the classic Britcom "Fawlty Towers" starring John Cleese.
  • 01.19.1997
    The decadent dynamic duo, Patsy and Edina, return to COMEDY CENTRAL for a two-hour movie extravaganza, "Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout."
  • 01.19.1997
    "Indecision '96" star Arianna Huffington signs a development deal with COMEDY CENTRAL to produce network pilot.
  • 02.18.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL teams up with Buena Vista Television to present a '90's version of the hit game show "Make Me Laugh" with host Ken Ober.
  • 02.26.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL's spoof of Frank Capra's holiday classic "Escape From A Wonderful Life" gets first public screening at U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
  • 03.12.1997
    Jon Stewart, Andre Rison, Rebecca Lobo, Jay Mohr, Tug McGraw, The Fabulous Sports Babe and Steve White join host Pat O'Brien for the first edition of COMEDY CENTRAL'S "Town Hall" series, "What's Wrong With Sports in America."
  • 03.12.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL'S "The Daily Show" celebrates its 100th show.
  • 03.18.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL'S new, original Euro-style entertainment extravaganza "Viva Variety" premieres.
  • 03.19.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL wins promotion marketing Reggie Award for "Indecision '96" campaign.
  • 04.01.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL skewers the advertising community, Newt Gingrich and High Times Magazine with the network's annual April Fool's Day issue of Advertising Age.
  • 04.14.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL relaunches COMEDY CENTRAL On-line with a newly invigorated web site.
  • 05.20.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL commences production on the new game show "Win Ben Stein's Money" hosted by the ultimate contestant-- Ben Stein.
  • 05.24.1997
    Anthony Clark of "Boston Common" stands-up for COMEDY CENTRAL as host of "Comic Cabana," the network's summer stand-up series.
  • 06.18.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL wins two Gold Medallion PROMAX Awards as well as one Gold and six Bronze Broadcast Designer Awards (BDA).
  • 07.22.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL'S "The Daily Show" celebrates its one year anniversary.
  • 07.28.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL launches a $6 million marketing campaign with the slogan "Save World Sanity."
  • 07.28.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL's new game show "Win Ben Stein's Money" debuts.
  • 08.13.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL's new, half-hour adult animated series "South Park" debuts based on the cult hit "The Spirit of Christmas."
  • 09.02.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL and Pocket Books publish "Dr. Katz: Hey, I've Got My Own Problems."
  • 09.02.1997
    August 1997 marks COMEDY CENTRAL'S highest rated month in the network's history with a .6 in prime and a .4 full day.
  • 09.24.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL receives a total of nine nominations for its programs and talent in the 19th Annual CableACE Awards competition.
  • 10.01.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "South Park" receives a prestigious Environmental Media Award nomination for "Volcano" episode.
  • 10.07.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces second season of the hit animated series "South Park" to debut June of 1998.
  • 10.30.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "South Park" records a 3.8 rating for its Halloween episode.
  • 10.31.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL participates with the largest float ever in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade with "South Park's" "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Float."
  • 11.06.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL serves up green eggs and ham with a "Dr. Seuss" reading series at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.
  • 11.14.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL's brash new "South Park" wins CableACE Award.
  • 12.09.1997
    "Viva Variety," COMEDY CENTRAL'S Euro-style entertainment extravaganza returns for a second season.
  • 12.10.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL airs "The Daily Show Year-End Spectacular '97" with special guest Peter Jennings.
  • 12.10.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL signs international deals with the U.K., Canada, Australia, Brazil and Latin America to bring them "South Park." In addition, "Viva Variety" debut deals include Australia and Canada while "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist" adds Canada, Brazil and Latin America.
  • 12.10.1997
    COMEDY CENTRAL creates its own distinct affiliate sales group, promotes Brad Samuels to senior vice president and hires Clayton Banks, Lisa Delligatti and Richard Freedman as vice presidents.
  • 12.31.1997
    Denis Leary passes the torch to Janeane Garofalo as host of "Comics Come Home 3" to benefit the American Cancer Society's programs for children.
  • 01.28.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "The Daily Show" expands its up-to-the minute coverage of "Tailgate '98," the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal.
  • 02.04.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "South Park" delivers a 6.4 HH rating, reaching 5.6 million viewers.
  • 02.05.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL staffs up new, independent affiliate sales group teams in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Denver.
  • 02.10.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL features Matt Parker, Trey Stone, Jonathan Katz, Julia Sweeney, and Margaret Cho at the 1998 US Comedy Arts Festival.
  • 02.18.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "South Park" breaks its own ratings record with a 6.9 HH rating beating ABC in COMEDY CENTRAL homes.
  • 03.03.1998
    Trey Parker and Matt Stone win the Nova Award for Television in this year's DGA Golden Laurel Awards competition for COMEDY CENTRAL's "South Park."
  • 03.12.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "Win Ben Stein's Money" garners three Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show, Outstanding Writing, and Outstanding Directing.
  • 03.17.1998
    Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. announces that COMEDY CENTRAL's "South Park" will become the basis for Acclaim PC and video games.
  • 03.23.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces plans to have American Recordings, a Columbia Records Group Label, release a series of "South Park" soundtracks.
  • 04.08.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL moves up the much-anticipated cliffhanger conclusion revealing the identity of Cartman's father, due to viewer outcry in response to a faux season finale of "South Park" shown on April Fool's Day.
  • 04.15.1998
    Ben Stein returns as host for a second season of COMEDY CENTRAL'S game show, "Win Ben Stein's Money."
  • 04.23.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "South Park" breaks its own ratings record (again) with an 8.2 HH in the episode which finally solves the mystery of Cartman's father's identity, making it the highest-rated series episode in basic cable history.
  • 04.27.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL locks up Trey Parker and Matt Stone for an additional two seasons of "South Park" through the year 2000.
  • 05.04.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL adds over 2 million insertable subscribers for the first quarter of 1998 and 1 million in the second quarter, bringing the total to over 24 million.
  • 05.04.1998
    TCI contributes to COMEDY CENTRAL's astounding first half of 1998 subscriber total with plans to launch the network in new markets, such as San Jose and Tulsa.
  • 05.09.1998
    "Win Ben Stein's Money" brings home the bacon, winning two Daytime Emmy Awards for both Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing.
  • 05.12.1998
    TCI reaches an agreement with COMEDY CENTRAL to add the network to Pittsburgh, a move which adds 450,000 subscribers to COMEDY CENTRAL'S running total.
  • 05.20.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL airs the second season premiere of "South Park," entitled "Ike's Wee-wee."
  • 06.01.1998
    "The Odd Couple" debuts on COMEDY CENTRAL.
  • 06.01.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL's global expansion hits a fever pitch as "South Park" spreads to Argentina, Germany, New Zealand, and the Middle East. Argentina, Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Portugal gain access to "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist," and New Zealand and the Middle East acquire "Viva Variety."
  • 06.02.1998
    The "Five Questions" segment becomes immortalized in print with the release of "The Daily Show's Five Questions Book from COMEDY CENTRAL."
  • 06.22.1998
    "Bob and Margaret" debuts as half of COMEDY CENTRAL'S animation block with "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist."
  • 06.23.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces an historic agreement with the New York Friar's Club, allowing television cameras to tape Drew Carey's celebrity roast.
  • 06.25.1998
    "The X-Files" star David Duchovny visits "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist."
  • 07.22.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL celebrates the second anniversary of "The Daily Show" with a new set, new theme music, a new logo, and a new special.
  • 07.28.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "Viva Variety" travels to Las Vegas to kick off its third season, then makes a move to Hollywood for the season's duration.
  • 08.19.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "Upright Citizens Brigade," a unique sketch-comedy series, debuts.
  • 08.31.1998
    "The Daily Show" scores its highest monthly ratings ever during the month of August, achieving an increase of 75% over the average for August 1997.
  • 08.31.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL launches the Comet Cursor, which allows users to navigate its web site, www.comedycentral.com, with characters from the network's shows.
  • 09.10.1998
    American Recordings/Columbia Records release "Chef Aid: The South Park Album" which is a compilation of music from the October 7th episode of South Park.
  • 09.14.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL Online debuts the first single "Kenny's Dead" by Master P from "Chef Aid: The South Park Album."
  • 09.14.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "The Daily Show" takes its parody to a new level with exclusive blow-by-blow coverage of "Impeachment '98." The features include in-studio commentary from correspondents A. Whitney Brown, Brian Unger and Lewis Black plus 30-second "Newsbreaks" commenting on the day's news developments.
  • 09.15.1998
    Kennedy Center announces its First Annual "Celebration of American Humor" establishing the "Mark Twain Prize" named after one of the world's greatest exponents of humor. The program taped by COMEDY CENTRAL, honors Richard Pryor and features a gathering of leading American artists.
  • 09.16.1998
    Beth Littleford of the "The Daily Show" interviews controversial talk show host Jerry Springer.
  • 09.24.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL tapes "The New York Friars Club Roast of Drew Carey" and plans to air a one-hour condensed version following the "South Park" Halloween episode.
  • 10.06.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "Viva Variety" features superstar Whoopi Goldberg in a lavish production number.
  • 10.12.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL partners with affiliates to make a difference through "Comedy Rx," an off-the-shelf-pro-social program that helps heighten awareness of the positive effects of laughter.
  • 10.28.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL makes history by airing a condensed one-hour version of the first televised NEW YORK FRIARS CLUB roast of comedian Drew Carey. The 94th year of the event featured such comics as Margaret Cho, Dom Irrera, Jeffrey Ross, and Kathy Kinney who turned out to honor their long-time friend.
  • 10.29.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL secures an exclusive two-year deal with 20th Television Distribution for the award winning "The Brothers McMullen" and "She's The One" directed by Ed Burns.
  • 11.23.1998
    "COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS," a new half-hour series featuring the best in stand-up from comedy's top talent. The show is taped at the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles and reflects each comedian's material and personality with specific backdrops and a special set design.
  • 11.24.1998
    "South Park's" soundtrack, entitled "Chef Aid: The South Park Album" and including contributions from artists Sir Elton John, Meatloaf, Master P, Primus, Ozzy Osbourne and others as well as Stan, Kyle, Kenny, Cartman and Chef, appears in stores.
  • 11.30.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL exceeds its goals for 1998 as it adds 10 million subscribers and 10.3 million insertable subscribers to total 55 million subscribers and 28 million insertable subscribers.
  • 12.06.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL presents "COMEDY CENTRAL's Hi-Fi Party," a one-hour special taped at New York City's Roseland Ballroom. The special features the hottest in alternative music and comical music acts and is hosted by Sandra Bernhard and Isaac Hayes.
  • 12.08.1998
    COMEDY CENTRAL presents "COMEDY RX," a pro-social program designed to work with hospitals and care-giving facilities, helping them organize events with comedians to benefit or perform for patients in an effort to improve the community's general health and well-being.
  • 01.17.1999
    Jon Stewart takes his place as the new anchorman, co-executive producer and writer for COMEDY CENTRAL's hit nightly news parody "The Daily Show" which assumes the new title "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
  • 01.20.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL presents the first annual "Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize" awarded to actor and comedian Richard Pryor. Honoring Pryor were actors including Chevy Chase, Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, and Robin Williams.
  • 01.22.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL renews four critically acclaimed series for 1999, including "Upright Citizens Brigade," "Bob and Margaret," "Win Ben Stein's Money" and "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist."
  • 01.22.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces its summer slate of new shows, including "Frank Leaves for the Orient," "The Man Show," "Strangers with Candy," and "VS."
  • 02.10.1999
    New correspondent Vance DeGeneres debuts on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
  • 02.18.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL names former executive vice-president for ad sales Larry Divney president and CEO.
  • 03.01.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL teams up with the Advertising Council to present an on-air public service campaign called "Central Issues," addressing a new issue each month.
  • 03.11.1999
    "Win Ben Stein's Money" receives three daytime Emmy nominations, including writing, Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show and Best Host, shared by co-hosts Ben Stein and Jimmy Kimmel.
  • 03.11.1999
    "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" turns a planned four-minute interview into a half-hour impromptu special with Billy Crystal.
  • 03.17.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces the debut of "Turn Ben Stein On." The half-hour interview series, exploring the "human condition" is hosted by Ben Stein and premieres in the fall of 1999.
  • 03.22.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL names international comedian Greg Proops as host of the network's newest game show "VS."
  • 03.22.1999
    "South Park" debuts its third season as the boys head into the jungle while Jennifer Aniston lends her voice in the episode "Rainforest Schmainforest."
  • 03.31.1999
    "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist," COMEDY CENTRAL's unique animated series, is honored with the prestigious Peabody Award in the 58th Peabody Awards competition.
  • 04.07.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL premieres "Strangers With Candy," its first-ever live-action narrative series starring Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello.
  • 04.29.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces the presentation of the Second Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize to Jonathan Winters.
  • 05.05.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces it will shoot the annual New York Friars Club celebrity roast as New York favorite Jerry Stiller is honored. A one-hour edited version of the evening's festivities will air in the month of October.
  • 06.10.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL launches its first L.A. Stand-Up Competition.
  • 06.16.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL premieres its latest series, "The Man Show" starring Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla. The show receives a 2.8 rating which is the highest rated new series launch in COMEDY CENTRAL history.
  • 07.17.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces plans for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to headline "Indecision 2000".
  • 08.09.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "The Man Show" wins the ratings battle over TV guy shows. "The Man Show" beats FX's "The X Show" by 457 % and USA's "Happy Hour" by 13%.
  • 08.09.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL passes the 60 million-subscriber mark, adding 1 million subscribers in the past month.
  • 09.08.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL orders a second season of 26 episodes of the wildly successful "The Man Show."
  • 09.21.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL acquires first broadcast-window rights for the Buena Vista films "Outside Providence," "An Ideal Husband," "Mumford," and "Rushmore." The network also secured rights to Universal Films' "Kissing A Fool," "Half-Baked," and McHale's Navy."
  • 09.29.1999
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces the "Kids in the Hall" North America Theater tour in early 2000. The tour kicks off in Vancouver, BC on January 14.
  • 10.20.1999
    The second annual Kennedy Center Celebration of American Humor takes place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Taped by COMEDY CENTRAL, Jonathan Winters receives the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize.
  • 10.27.1999
    "COMEDY CENTRAL presents The New York Friar's Club Roast of Jerry Stiller" airs as part of "Our Big Night" featuring Roastmaster Jason Alexander and Roasters Ben Stiller, Sandra Bernhard, Kevin James, Jeffrey Ross, Susie Essman, Jimmy Kimmel, Alan King and Freddie Roman, among others.
  • 10.28.1999
    "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" contributing corespondent Mo Rocca covers the Campaign 2000 Town Meetings in New Hampshire. Rocca covers the Democratic Town Meeting Thursday on "The Daily Show" and provides an inside look at the Republican Town meeting on Oct. 29 on comedycentral.com.
  • 11.16.1999
    Bill Hilary, head of BBC's Independent Commissioning Group, is named General Manager of COMEDY CENTRAL.
  • 12.15.1999
    "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" "Greatest Millennium" special airs.
  • 12.24.1999
    "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist" ends a six-season prime time run on COMEDY CENTRAL with a six-hour Christmas Eve best-of marathon, including some never-before-seen episodes of the program.
  • 01.12.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL presents the Second Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize celebrating the humor of comedian Jonathan Winters.
  • 01.18.2000
    Senator Bob Dole joins "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" news team as guest political commentator for COMEDY CENTRAL's "Indecision 2000" Presidential Election coverage.
  • 01.18.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL acquires the first broadcast window rights to two hot new, Golden Globe-nominated movies, "Man on the Moon" and "Being John Malkovich." The films are slated to debut on COMEDY CENTRAL in the fall of 2002.
  • 01.29.2000
    On the eve of the nation's first presidential primary of the campaign season, COMEDY CENTRAL presents "Turning The Tables: Politicians Grill the Media" an off-air panel discussion held in Manchester, NH, moderated by "Daily Show" anchorman Jon Stewart which set the stage for the network's "Indecision 2000" coverage. Panelists included Newsweek's Jonathan Alter; ABC's Sam Donaldson; Time Managing Editor Walter Isaacson; NBC News' Claire Shipman; CNN's Greta Van Susteren and former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder (D-Colorado); Richard Stengel, Senior Advisor to Bill Bradley for President; Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-New York); former Congresswoman Susan Molinari (R-New York); Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and former Congressman Fred Grandy (R-Iowa).
  • 02.01.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL expands its ongoing coverage of the Presidential Election with the launch of the "Indecision 2000" site on comedycentral.com.
  • 02.01.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL provides a $75,000 grant to the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center to study how to most effectively use humor to reduce pain and to prevent and treat disease.
  • 02.02.2000
    "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" heads north to cover the New Hampshire primary with the one-hour "Indecision 2000" special "Focus on New Hampshire."
  • 02.29.2000
    comedycentral.com gains exclusive footage from the wildly successful "Kids in the Hall" tour. The site features exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews and backstage footage shot and edited by the "Kids" themselves.
  • 03.16.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL's hit game show "Win Ben Stein's Money" receives three nominations for the 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
  • 03.28.2000
    "Win Ben Stein's Money" airs a special episode dedicated to spoofing Regis Philbin and his successful game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"
  • 04.03.2000
    Nancy Pimental, a writer on COMEDY CENTRAL's "South Park," is named to replace Jimmy Kimmel as Ben Stein's co-host on "Win Ben Stein's Money.
  • 04.19.2000
    Timmy, the new, wheelchair-bound student on "South Park," becomes the lead singer in a heavy metal band in the new episode, "Timmy 2000."
  • 04.29.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL supports comic legend Eric Idle's 26-city American tour, "Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python." The network will air a special episode of its "Canned Ham" series and will devote a special page of its website to the tour.
  • 05.01.2000
    "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone agree to long-term deal with COMEDY CENTRAL that includes a minimum of 30 new episodes of "South Park" and a new series to launch in 2001.
  • 05.04.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces plans to air 13 episodes of new series "BattleBots," which pits homemade robots against each other as they battle it out in a caged ring.
  • 05.08.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL and iN DEMAND, the nation's leading pay-per-view network, reach an agreement to offer 25 episodes of "South Park" as a video on-demand product.
  • 05.09.2000
    After its initial success in Los Angeles in 1999, "The Laugh Riots: COMEDY CENTRAL's Stand-Up Competition" expands to New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Boston for this year's competition.
  • 05.12.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL's beloved "Man Show" performer Bill "The Fox" Foster, self-proclaimed "World's Fastest Beer Drinker," dies from prostate cancer at the age of 68.
  • 05.19.2000
    "Win Ben Stein's Money" wins in the category of Outstanding Special Class Writing at the 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
  • 06.18.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL presents "The Porky's Trilogy," featuring the cinematic classics "Porky's," "Porky's II: The Next Day," and "Porky's Revenge."
  • 07.11.2000
    "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" adds former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to its "Indecision 2000" News Team as a Special Political Correspondent.
  • 07.11.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces plans for new series "Mirrorball" to debut in summer 2001. The British comedy will feature stars Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, formerly of the smash hit "Absolutely Fabulous."
  • 07.11.2000
    Technical expert Bill Nye, comic duo Jason and Randy Sklar, and "Baywatch" babe Donna D'Errico named to COMEDY CENTRAL's "BattleBots" broadcast team.
  • 07.18.2000
    Comedian Bil Dwyer and sports guy Sean Salisbury named to "BattleBots" broadcast team as color commentator and play-by-play announcer, respectively.
  • 07.25.2000
    Hit series "South Park" nominated for Outstanding Animated Program at the 1999-2000 Primetime Emmy Awards for the second year in a row.
  • 07.25.2000
    "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" travels to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia to broadcast a week of shows as part of its "Indecision 2000" coverage. It marks the first time the show has taped on the road.
  • 07.25.2000
    comedycentral.com shifts its "Indecision 2000" coverage into full gear with relentless coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
  • 07.25.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL forms partnership with Artisan Entertainment to support John Waters' latest film "Cecil B. Demented" through its theatrical release, DVD release, and the network premiere of the film.
  • 08.08.2000
    "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" travels to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles to broadcast a week of shows as part of its "Indecision 2000" coverage.
  • 08.30.2000
    The premiere episode of "BattleBots" receives a 2.1 HH rating, giving COMEDY CENTRAL one of the highest-rated premieres in the network's history.
  • 09.11.2000
    Nancy Pimental debuts as Ben Stein's new co-host on "Win Ben Stein's Money."
  • 09.11.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL commences production of Robert Smigel's new series "TV Funhouse," which combines live action and puppets with his wildly popular animated shorts.
  • 09.25.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces comedycentralradio.com, a 24-hour/ 7-days-a-week, internet comedy radio station that features contemporary and classic comedians culled from CD releases and COMEDY CENTRAL's vast library of original stand-up as well as songs from Adam Sandler, alternative bands like "Bare Naked Ladies" and "They Might Be Giants," among others. Comedycentralradio.com launches October 2 and will be powered through Netradio.com.
  • 09.26.2000
    Arizona Senator John McCain and former Kansas Senator and Presidential nominee Robert Dole are the featured funnymen of COMEDY CENTRAL's voter public service campaign, "Indecision 2000 - Vote: It's No Laughing Matter."
  • 10.24.2000
    "COMEDY CENTRAL Presents The NY Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner". For the third consecutive year, COMEDY CENTRAL lifts the curtain on one of the most secretive comedy events in history, the NY Friars Club Roast.
  • 10.30.2000
    The kids of "South Park" graduate to the 4th grade in the fourth season debut of the hit series.
  • 10.30.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL enters the new millennium with a new look and redesigned logo. The new look will incorporates the most radical change to the network's company logo since the network's launch in 1991.
  • 11.07.2000
    "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" goes live for the first time in its history for the presidential election. "Indecision 2000: Election Night Choose and Lose" airs from 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. ET and enjoys a 44% increase over ratings for COMEDY CENTRAL's Election Night coverage in 1996. Guest Political Commentator Senator Bob Dole makes his final appearance of the "Indecision 2000" campaign.
  • 11.15.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL secures the broadcast rights to "The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards," an event created exclusively to honor comedy performers in the field of motion pictures and network, cable and syndication television.
  • 11.20.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces plans to expand original programming development with the addition of a new weekend late night programming block scheduled to launch in the second quarter 2001.
  • 11.28.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL enters the Pay-Per-View arena for the first time ever in partnership with DIRECTV, Echostar, iN DEMAND and TVN to offer "South Park Holiday Memories" throughout the holidays.
  • 12.12.2000
    The hour-long second season premiere of "BattleBots," features freshman "BattleBot" entrant Jay Leno and his menacing Bot "Chin-Killa" in an exhibition battle with the razor sharp "Ginsu."
  • 12.13.2000
    "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" goes live for only the second time in the show's history in order to cover Vice President Al Gore's concession speech and President-elect George W. Bush's acceptance speech, making the decision the morning of the broadcast.
  • 12.18.2000
    COMEDY CENTRAL signs a deal with PacketVideo Corporation, the global leader in wireless media, to deliver comedy content to wireless consumers.
  • 12.28.2000
    "Sports Night," the critically-acclaimed comedy series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of nightly cable sports news shows, which originally aired on ABC from September 1998 - May 2000, debuts on COMEDY CENTRAL.
  • 01.17.2001
    At the TCA in Pasadena, CA COMEDY CENTRAL announces three new shows that will premiere in 2001: * "COMEDY CENTRAL Sports Presents The Sweet Spot", starring the Murray Brothers, Bill, Brian Doyle, Joel and John, will premiere on the all-comedy channel in September. * Martin Short and COMEDY CENTRAL have teamed up to bring the round mound of Hollywood sound back to television in the new series, "Primetime Glick," which will premiere on the all-comedy channel in June. * "That's My Bush!" is an original sitcom from COMEDY CENTRAL. Watch as George W. Bush makes his primetime debut, and not just as the "elected" President of the United States, but as the star of his very own television show, when "That's My Bush!" premieres April 4. From the creators of "South Park."
  • 01.22.2001
    comedycentral.com strikes a deal with The Improv, the famed Hollywood comedy club, to launch IMPROV@COMEDYCENTRAL.COM. The sitelet will showcase byte-size servings of stand-up comedy every week at noon (ET) Monday through Friday.
  • 02.01.2001
    comedycentralradio.com announces plans to celebrate Black History Month with special blocks of uproarious African-American comedians, such as legends Redd Foxx, Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor as well as up-and-coming comedians.
  • 02.05.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL and radio syndicator Westwood One announce plans to nationally distribute for radio 90-second clips from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and a 90-second stand-up feature culled from COMEDY CENTRAL's vast library of stand-up comedy.
  • 02.12.2001
    Actor Timothy Bottoms is cast as President George W. Bush in "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker's new live action sitcom "That's My Bush!" set to debut April 4.
  • 02.27.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces additional "That's My Bush!" cast members including Carrie Quinn Doyle as "First Lady Laura Bush"; Kurt Fuller as presidential advisor "Karl"; Marcia Wallace as White House housekeeper "Maggie"; Kristen Miller as President Bush's scheduling secretary "Princess"; and John D'Aquino as next door neighbor "Larry."
  • 03.07.2001
    Sitcom star Kevin James ("The King of Queens") signs an agreement to appear in a special one-hour stand-up concert performance to be taped at New York's Hudson Theater on March 11 to be aired on July 23.
  • 03.06.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL soars past the magical 70 million subscriber mark by adding over 1 millions new subs in February to end the month at 70,993,000 subscribers. The network is well ahead of pace to make its projected 75 million subscriber count by year end 2001.
  • 03.07.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL signs a deal with Microsoft TV to create and develop interactive programming by working with Microsoft TV's Content Developer Program, which helps companies create interactive and enhanced TV content, programming, applications and tools using the Microsoft TV platform.
  • 03.20.2001
    "Win Ben Stein's Money" is honored with four nominations in the 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition. This marks the fourth year in a row that the program has been nominated.
  • 03.29.2001
    "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," COMEDY CENTRAL's unique news parody series, is honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in the 60th Annual Peabody Awards competition. In announcing the winning programs, the Peabody committee called "The Daily Show's" "Indecision 2000" coverage "an inspired, irreverent satire in the grand tradition of political pundits throughout the ages."
  • 04.01.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL celebrates its 10th anniversary.
  • 04.04.2001
    "That's My Bush!," scores a 3.0 HH rating for the series premiere making it the highest rated series premiere in COMEDY CENTRAL's 10-year history and one of the highest rated non-sports related series premieres in basic cable history. The series premiere was seen in 2.1 million households and by 2.9 million people. The previous record for a COMEDY CENTRAL series premiere was a 2.8 HH rating for the debut of "The Man Show" on June 16, 1999.
  • 04.09.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces the return of "Absolutely Fabulous," the smash hit of the 90's, for a new season of six brand new episodes to debut on COMEDY CENTRAL in November. The new season of "Absolutely Fabulous," is a BBC Production in Association with COMEDY CENTRAL and will include the original cast members.
  • 04.30.2001
    comedycentral.com is relaunched unveiling its new look and feel to all comedy seekers, complete with Web-only comedy programming, fan-created content and new sitelets for COMEDY CENTRAL's signature shows. The new comedycentral.com includes a variety of interactive features designed to get visitors laughing from the moment they hit the homepage. The updated site also provides extensions of COMEDY CENTRAL's popular programs alongside Web-only programming, and content created by the COMEDY CENTRAL community.
  • 05.07.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL's announces the creation of a new Late Night Programming Block which will serve as the network's base for experimental comedic sensibility. The new block will take viewers on an insane trip to the distorted fringe of comedy, while introducing a reason for viewers to extend their weekend late into the night. Featuring cutting edge talent, the Late Night Block will serve as a laboratory for COMEDY CENTRAL to develop new formats and unique concepts while cultivating the stars of tomorrow.
  • 05.07.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL continues its aggressive movie acquisition strategy reaching an agreement with Columbia TriStar Television Distribution (CTTD) to secure the first broadcast window rights to "Joe Dirt," starring David Spade and Dennis Miller, and "Saving Silverman," starring Jason Biggs, Amanda Peet, Jack Black and Steve Zahn. Both films will debut on COMEDY CENTRAL in the fall of 2003.
  • 05.14.2001
    The Emmy Award-winning "Win Ben Stein's Money" airs its 500th episode, which includes a special guest appearance by former co-host Jimmy Kimmel.
  • 06.05.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL and FunMail announce an agreement to integrate the globally recognized "South Park" animated characters into FunMail's Animated Messaging system and be accessible with FunMail's text-to-animation technology.
  • 06.07.2001
    Hugh M. Hefner is chosen to sit for his turn at the roasting pit on Saturday, September 29, 2001 when the New York Friars Club hosts its annual, star-studded Celebrity Roast and black-tie dinner at the New York Hilton Hotel. For the fourth consecutive year, COMEDY CENTRAL will shoot the highly secretive event and create a one-hour edited version of the evening's festivities.
  • 06.20.2001
    "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone attack the sanctity of Broadcast & Standards departments everywhere, while expressing their First Amendment rights during the 5th Season Premiere of "South Park," when the boys take their place among an elite group who have made television history when Cartman and gang utter the word "shit" for all the world to hear. Parker and Stone use they word so often during the episode that a counter is provided in the lower, left-hand corner to keep track (162 times to be precise).
  • 07.10.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL reaches an agreement with Jackhole Industries, creators of "The Man Show," for a one-year, first look development deal. The deal with Jackhole Industries, which consists of Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel and Daniel Kellison, gives COMEDY CENTRAL a first look at all of Jackhole's proposed comedic pilots/series.
  • 07.12.2001
    "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," COMEDY CENTRAL's unique news parody series, is nominated for two awards in the 2000-2001 Primetime Emmy Awards competition. The program, winner of a Peabody Award this year, was nominated for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, and was also singled out by the Emmys for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Writing In A Variety Or Music Program.
  • 07.23.2001
    "The King of Queens" becomes the "King of Stand-Up" as sitcom star Kevin James performs an hour of hilarious comedy in "Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff." This is the first time that a COMEDY CENTRAL original production has dedicated a one-hour stand-up special to one performer.
  • 08.01.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL surpasses the 75 million subscriber mark.
  • 08.05.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL's new Late Night Programming Block debuts with two new series: "Insomniac with Dave Attell," a travelogue of after-hours experiences in cities across the country such as Miami, Tijuana, San Francisco, Baltimore, Kansas City, New Orleans, Houston and Atlantic City and "The Chris Wylde Show starring Chris Wylde," which combines an eclectic mix of in-studio banter, location pieces, celebrity interviews and a live audience.
  • 08.06.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL signs a deal with Orchimedia, Finland's leading developer of wireless games and entertainment applications, to develop and distribute original wireless content which will include cross platform games. The partnership represents COMEDY CENTRAL's aggressive strategy to develop and distribute its brand and original content applications to wireless consumers.
  • 08.19.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL Sports grows with the premiere of the new sports series, "Let's Bowl," which pits competitors with a score to settle against each other, as they battle it out on the lanes for such prizes as used cars, microwave ovens or a brand new chainsaw.
  • 09.01.2001
    Six million boxes of Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch cereal will feature "Win Ben Stein's Money" Sweepstakes throughout the month including on-pack games and official game pieces with a chance to win up to $5,000 of Ben Stein's money instantly.
  • 09.25.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL partners with GoldPocket Interactive to develop and create a new two-screen interactive version of "Win Ben Stein's Money." The interactive component, which will debut on Monday, October 8, will allow viewers to play along live with host Ben Stein and his guests via a sync-to-broadcast version of the telecast available exclusively on comedycentral.com. Interactive television provider GoldPocket Interactive (GPi) will produce and host the interactive component for every episode.
  • 09.26.2001
    Over $500,000 is pledged to World Trade Center relief efforts as a result of "The New York Friars Club Celebrity Roast of Hugh M. Hefner" which is schedule to be taped on Saturday, September 29 with The Friars Foundation donating $200,000, COMEDY CENTRAL contributing $250,000 and Hugh M. Hefner giving $100,000.
  • 10.15.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL taps long-time network executive Patty Newburger to head COMEDY CENTRAL Films, the newly-launched division which will develop and produce original movies exclusively for the network. Production for "Porn N' Chicken," the first COMEDY CENTRAL Films original, will begin in early 2002. COMEDY CENTRAL Films will produce two-three titles per year.
  • 11.04.2001
    "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," COMEDY CENTRAL's unique news parody series, is honored with an Emmy Award in the 2000-2001 Primetime Emmy Awards competition. The program, also a winner of this year's George Foster Peabody Award, wins the Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Writing In A Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
  • 11.04.2001
    "COMEDY CENTRAL Presents the NY Friars Club Roast of Hugh M. Hefner" premeires with Jimmy Kimmel serving as "Roastmaster" and features comedians Drew Carey, Adam Carolla, Cedric The Entertainer, Gilbert Gottfried, Dick Gregory, Ice-T, Alan King, Artie Lange, Freddie Roman, Jeffrey Ross, Rob Schneider and Sarah Silverman as they take on the founder of Playboy Enterprises in a one-hour, edited version of the Friars Club Celebrity Roast, which was taped on Saturday, September 29 in New York City.
  • 11.07.2001
    "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone send the boys of "South Park" to Afghanistan in an all-new episode entitled "Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants." The citizens of "South Park" are confronted with the challenges now faced by all Americans: threats of hijacking, bio-terrorism and Afghani goats.
  • 11.12.2001
    Break out the Veuve and bourb! After a six-year hiatus, the fourth season of "Absolutely Fabulous" premieres featuring the dynamic duo of decadence Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) who return to stumble and cavort their way through a brand new season of "Absolutely Fabulous" consisting of six episodes starring the original cast members.
  • 11.22.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL turns the controls over to viewers this Thanksgiving weekend when it teams up with Microsoft in a unique marketing partnership to give away the Xbox, the newest future video game system. From Thursday, November 22 through Sunday, November 25, COMEDY CENTRAL will give-away 40 Microsoft Xbox systems (10 per day) during the airing of a series of original interstitials created especially for the Microsoft Xbox promotion. The vignettes follow the escapades of a dysfunctional family over Thanksgiving weekend.
  • 12.10.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces its first foray into documentary-style programming with "The Heroes of Black Comedy," which is slated to debut February 4, 2002. The weekly, five-part documentary-series, narrated by acclaimed actor Don Cheadle, celebrates the most influential contemporary African-American comedians and explores their impact on the world of show business and stand-up comedy. The series will provide an informative look into the lives and careers of some of the biggest names and inspirations in comedy today featuring the work of Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, "The Original Kings of Comedy" and the influence of hip hop comedy.
  • 12.10.2001
    COMEDY CENTRAL expands its original programming with the addition of the new, pop culture-based game show "Beat the Geeks," a one-of-a-kind game show designed to allow the true "geek" to defend his wealth of knowledge, as ordinary contestants summon the courage to challenge the Geeks in their self-proclaimed area of Uber-knowledge including TV, movies, music along with a "Special Guest Geek," whose forte varies each week.
  • 02.25.2002
    GLOBAL-QVC SOLUTIONS, an outsource e-commerce solution provider for television networks and cable channels, and COMEDY CENTRAL, the nation's only all-comedy network, announce an agreement to develop and operate a new direct response program and e-commerce store located on www.comedycentral.com.
  • 03.18.2002
    The Tennis Channel and COMEDY CENTRAL announce an unprecedented joint initiative to support the cable distribution of the independently owned network. The Tennis Channel will continue to maintain its MSO and satellite relationships, including contract negotiations, while COMEDY CENTRAL's affiliate relations sales force will provide all system level launch negotiations, fulfillment and coordination, and provide grassroots marketing support on behalf of The Tennis Channel. In addition, COMEDY CENTRAL will negotiate charter affiliation agreements for the start-up with MSOs outside the fifteen largest distributors.
  • 03.18.2002
    "Win Ben Stein's Money" is honored with four nominations in the 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition. This marks the fifth year in a row that the program has been nominated. Nominations are for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show, Outstanding Game Show Host, Outstanding Special Class Writing, and Outstanding Directing In A Game/Audience Participation Show.
  • 03.20.2002
    In an exclusive re-purposing deal, NBC and COMEDY CENTRAL will create a second viewing window for the late night network show "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on COMEDY CENTRAL, it was announced jointly by Scott Sassa, President, NBC West Coast and Bill Hilary, Executive Vice President and General Manager, COMEDY CENTRAL. "Late Night" will join the schedule in September 2002.
  • 04.01.2002
    Following in the footsteps of his cousin, Jimmy Kimmel, Emmy-nominated Sal Iacono, a writer on "Win Ben Stein's Money" and on COMEDY CENTRAL's "The Man Show" series, joins Ben Stein as co-host on the hit Emmy Award-winning game show, "Win Ben Stein's Money," for the start of the Emmy Award-winning series' sixth season.
  • 04.02.2002
    COMEDY CENTRAL Sports premieres "The Sweet Spot," a five-episode special-event series starring the Murray Brothers: Bill, Brian, Joel and John, which follows them from pre-game rituals to the 19th hole in a fast paced half-hour combining golf action, comedy sketches and brotherly banter as the brothers pursue the Holy Grail of golf, "The Braggart's Cup," while unleashing their unique brand of comedy on the revered world of golf.
  • 04.15.2002
    Legendary celebrity interviewer Jiminy Glick (played by Martin Short) will return for a third season of COMEDY CENTRAL's popular series, "Primetime Glick," and the pop culture-based game show "Beat the Geeks" has been renewed for a second cycle and will feature new host, Blaine Capatch, it was announced by Bill Hilary, executive vice president and general manager of COMEDY CENTRAL.
  • 05.20.2002
    "Win Ben Stein's Money" is honored with an Emmy Award in the 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition. For the second time, director Dennis Rosenblatt won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing In A Game/Audience Participation Show. The series has been nominated during each of its five years on the air and had previously won 6 Daytime Emmys, including those for Outstanding Show, Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Hosts for Ben Stein and former co-host Jimmy Kimmel.
  • 06.02.2002
    COMEDY CENTRAL premieres "Crank Yankers" a perverse phony phone call show from the minds that created "The Man Show," in which actual crank calls become the basis for Yankerville, a twisted town inhabited solely by puppets. The series features outrageous crank calls from real comedians to real people, delivered to viewers through puppets.
  • 06.03.2002
    COMEDY CENTRAL passes the prized 80 million subscriber mark by adding over 500,000 subscribers in the last month and over 8 million subscribers over the past year bringing the network's Nielsen Universal Subscriber Estimate for June 2002 to 80,100,000. The additions keep COMEDY CENTRAL ahead of pace to make its projected subscriber count of 82 million subscribers by the end of 2002.
  • 06.17.2002
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces a content agreement with Mondo Media for "Cartoon of the Day" featuring the best of Mondo Mini Shows on comedycentral.com. Mondo Media is a leader in the creation and distribution of original character-based animation for the Internet, broadcast television and games. The shows will be culled from Mondo Media's library of over 3,000 minutes of original animation. As part of the agreement, Mondo will also supply COMEDY CENTRAL with the best material from other third-party Internet animation creators.
  • 06.27.2002
    Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, stars of COMEDY CENTRAL's smash comedy "Absolutely Fabulous," pay a rare visit to New York to receive the 2002 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Award.
  • 07.09.2002
    COMEDY CENTRAL hires television development and production executive Lauren Corrao as senior vice president, original programming and head of development. Based in COMEDY CENTRAL's Los Angeles office, Corrao will be responsible for the development and supervision of COMEDY CENTRAL's original programming slate. In this expanded role, she will also oversee the network's talent and online divisions, as well as the development and original programming staffs in both Los Angeles and New York.
  • 07.12.2002
    COMEDY CENTRAL and Denis Leary announce a partnership to produce "Contest Searchlight," a contest/reality series that will enable an aspiring television writer and/or director to have his/her idea for a comedy series come to life. The innovative 10-episode series will consist of both a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the idea and production of the series, and the actual series itself. In one of the network's all-time great stunts, it is revealed after the airing of the four-episode special-event series that the entire contest was a hoax designed to parody the current craze with reality-style programming and turn it on its head.
  • 07.12.2002
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces a deal with CNN to produce a weekly, international version of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to be aired to more than 161 million households around the globe on CNN International. "The Daily Show: Global Edition," a late-night international weekend edition of his program, will premiere on September 21, 2002 and will bring Stewart's smart wit, satire and commentary on American current affairs to CNN International's young, savvy, late night audience.
  • 07.12.2002
    Continuing its tradition of attracting top talent to the network, COMEDY CENTRAL will launch a new series created by and starring comedian Dave Chappelle, entitled "Chappelle's Show," it was announced by Bill Hilary, executive vice president and general manager of COMEDY CENTRAL. The weekly, half-hour underground comedy/variety series is slated to premiere in January 2003 on COMEDY CENTRAL.
  • 07.18.2002
    COMEDY CENTRAL earns four nominations in the 2001-2002 Primetime Emmy Awards competition. "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," the network's unique news parody series, is nominated for three awards -- Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, Outstanding Individual Performance (Jon Stewart, Host) in A Variety Or Music Program and was also singled out by the television academy for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Writing In A Variety Or Music Program. This marks the second year in a row that the program, winner of last year's Emmy Award for writing, has been nominated for Emmys. In addition, "South Park," COMEDY CENTRAL's irreverent animated series, is nominated for Outstanding Animated Program (Less Than One Hour) marking the hit series' third nomination for a Primetime Emmy.
  • 07.22.2002
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces the formation of COMEDY CENTRAL Records, a newly launched record division that will develop and produce original comedy CDs and DVDs. The label released its first CD "'Crank Yankers' The Best Uncensored Crank Calls Volume I" on July 9, 2002 and plans to release two other CDs this year, including the upcoming Jim Breuer heavy metal comedy CD based on his successful one-hour COMEDY CENTRAL special "Jim Breuer: Hardcore." COMEDY CENTRAL Records has inked a deal with the distribution powerhouse ADA and, beginning in 2003, intends to release between six and ten CDs per year.
  • 08.19.2002
    comedycentral.com acquires all the assets of jokes.com, including their technology, content and e-mail subscription lists.
  • 08.26.2002
    To help celebrate "South Park's" 5th Anniversary, COMEDY CENTRAL partners with iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Echostar and TVN to offer a unique pay-per-view event throughout the months of September and October.
  • 09.02.2002
    COMEDY CENTRAL's new half-hour stand-up series "Comic Groove," hosted by Tracy Morgan, premieres. The new series features up-and-coming comedians and mixes hip-hop comedy taped in front of a live studio audience, with a club-style set and live music from New York DJ, Beverly Bond.
  • 09.03.2002
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces a multi-faceted deal with comedian Jim Breuer which includes sponsorship of his national stand-up tour and the release of both his all-new comedy CD and the DVD of his highly-rated network special from last spring. In addition, COMEDY CENTRAL has committed to shoot a half-hour sketch/variety show pilot with Breuer by the end of 2002.
  • 09.04.2002
    "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" premieres on COMEDY CENTRAL.
  • 10.01.2002
    comedycentral.com is honored with the Outstanding Web Site of 2002 Award by the Web Marketing Association, Inc. This prestigious award is presented in recognition of COMEDY CENTRAL's Web site www.comedycentral.com.
  • 10.13.2002
    COMEDY CENTRAL's premieres the network's first original movie, "Porn 'n Chicken." Based on the true story of Yale's Porn 'n Chicken Club, an underground group that gathers weekly to eat fried chicken and watch pornography, this two-hour original movie focuses on the controversy surrounding the making of "The StaXXX," a porn film shot by the Porn 'n Chicken Club -- which features fellow students as actors.
  • 10.28.2002
    "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" ventures forth from its New York studio, pack its bags (carry-on only) and broadcasts from the nation's capital, continuing the series' critically-acclaimed and award-winning "Indecision" political coverage with this year's mid-term elections. "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Indecision 2002 Washington D.C.: Halfway to the White House" is taped at Atlantic Video in Washington, D.C. and airs nightly at 11:00 p.m. from Monday, October 28 through Thursday, October 31. Special guests appearances include Senator John Edwards (D - NC), Assistant Secretary of Defense and Public Affairs Victoria Clarke, Pat Buchanan and "Nightline" anchor Ted Koppel.
  • 11.12.2002
    Alien anal probes, flaming farts, talking pieces of poo and the introduction of four, foul-mouthed kids Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny - the moment "South Park" fans have been waiting for finally arrives as COMEDY CENTRAL releases "'South Park' The Complete First Season" DVD. All 13 classic episodes from "South Park's" legendary first season will be available on this exclusive three-disc collectors edition that includes a complementary CD of audio commentary from creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker when purchased via the comedycentral.com store.
  • 12.01.2002
    COMEDY CENTRAL launches LA-based "COMEDY CENTRAL Stage" to showcase and develop original programming for the network. Based in the Hudson Theater in Hollywood, COMEDY CENTRAL Stage will operate Monday through Thursday with comedy veteran Gary S. Mann to serve as executive producer and oversee production and development.
  • 12.02.2002
    In a unique arrangement with the network, comedian Colin Quinn agrees to produce and star in "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn," a pilot for COMEDY CENTRAL that will be given a two-week (8 episode) test run beginning December 9. The nightly series is topic-driven and features Quinn and his friends tackling political, social and pop culture issues. The series performs well in its test run and receives a 21-week order with a launch date of March 10, 2003.
  • 01.10.2003
    "Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied," COMEDY CENTRAL's fourth installment of one-hour stand-up specials, premieres, becoming the highest rated stand-up special in the network's history. Past specials have featured Kevin James, Jim Breuer and Tracey Morgan.
  • 01.21.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces sponsorship of the "Dave Chappelle is Blackzilla" national comedy tour produced by Clear Channel Entertainment. The multi-city, national tour kicks off on February 7 at Caroline's Comedy Club in New York City.
  • 01.22.2003
    "Chappelle's Show," featuring comedian Dave Chappelle, premieres to record ratings. The series premiere registers a 2.1 HH rating (2.5 million viewers), making it the highest rated series premiere for the all-comedy network since 2001's "That's My Bush!" "Chappelle's Show" was watched by more viewers P18-49 than any series premiere in COMEDY CENTRAL's history (2.1 P18-49 Rating = 2.1 million viewers, 83% of the total audience) and is the only series for the network that has ever built on the "South Park" lead-in in this key demographic (+33%).
  • 02.18.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL lands movie icon Robert Evans to star in "Kid Notorious," an animated series, based on the life of the legendary Hollywood producer. The 10-episode series, overflowing with glamour, lust, comedy, overindulgence and adventure, is slated to premiere in October 2003 and will star Robert Evans as "Robert Evans," an autobiographical version of himself.
  • 02.18.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL green lights "RENO 911!," a 30-minute unscripted comedy starring Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney and Tom Lennon as cops patrolling Reno, Nevada. The faux-reality series is a narrative comedy about the adventures and relationships of the most dysfunctional police department in America and brings viewers into the squad car as these officers swing into action, answering 911 calls about everything from speeding violations and prostitution to staking out a drug den and busting a loitering mime. "Reno 911!" is set to debut July 23 at 10:30 p.m.
  • 02.20.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL and Stone Stanley Entertainment have signed an agreement with "Fear Factor's" Joe Rogan and comedian Doug Stanhope to take over as hosts of "The Man Show." The 22-episode fifth season will debut on August 17, 2003.
  • 03.03.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces deal with Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Busey to be featured in a new 13 episode, "I'm With Busey. The half-hour reality series follows comedy writer Adam de la Pena in his quest to learn the lessons of life from his idol, the incomparable Gary Busey.
  • 03.10.2003
    "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn," hosted by comedian Colin Quinn, premieres. The nightly series, developed as a complement to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," is topic-driven and features Quinn and his friends tackling political, social and pop culture issues.
  • 03.10.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL green lights the network's second original film, "Knee High PI." The film will focus on the adventures of Hank Dingo, a thirty-something midget with a knack for solving crime. J.B. Rogers ("American Pie 2") is tapped to direct COMEDY CENTRAL Films' second original movie. The screenplay was written by David Capper and is set for production in mid-2003.
  • 03.17.2003
    "Win Ben Stein's Money" receives four nominations in the 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition (Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show, Outstanding Game Show Host, Outstanding Special Class Writing, Outstanding Directing In A Game/Audience Participation Show). This marks the sixth year in a row that the program has been nominated.
  • 03.17.2003
    Legendary television producer Norman Lear agrees to collaborate with "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker on several episodes of the award-winning series to air within the upcoming seventh season.
  • 04.01.2003
    In a move back to short form, interstitial programming, COMEDY CENTRAL launches a new campaign touting the network's new reality programming which includes "Poor Fools," "The Vault," "Handicap House," "While You Were Drunk," "Really Blind Date," "Trading Babies," "Joe Mormon" and "Celebrity CAT Scan." The campaign and series are all part of a prolonged April Fool's joke.
  • 04.02.2003
    NBC Enterprises has licensed a second-window of NBC's upcoming summer series "The Last Comic Standing: The Search For The Funniest Person in America" to COMEDY CENTRAL with each episode re-broadcast on COMEDY CENTRAL within a week of its NBC premiere. In addition to receiving a talent contract with NBC, the winner will also now receive his/her own stand-up comedy special on COMEDY CENTRAL.
  • 04.09.2003
    "South Park" airs its 100th episode ("I'm a Bit Little Country") and delivers its highest rating since March 2002 with a 2.7 HH/2.2 A18-49, reaching 3 million viewers.
  • 04.22.2003
    Viacom Inc. announces that it has reached an agreement with AOL Time Warner to acquire AOL's 50% interest in COMEDY CENTRAL, for a total of $1.225 billion. Following the completion of the transaction, expected in the second quarter of 2003, COMEDY CENTRAL will be wholly owned by Viacom and join MTV Networks' lineup of basic cable channels. It is also announced that Larry Divney will remain President of COMEDY CENTRAL and the network will continue to be based in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta and Chicago. The deal becomes official on May 22, 2003 with MTV Networks group president Judy McGrath named to oversee the network in addition to MTV, MTV2, VH1 and CMT.
  • 05.01.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL launches a new, animated interstitial campaign produced by Apostle that features top name comedians previously recorded stand-up material brought to life in an animated environment. The interstitials are pulled from the Apostle-produced pilot, "House Arrest," which receives a 13-episode pick-up based on the popularity of the interstitial campaign.
  • 05.04.2003
    The final episode of "The Man Show" with original hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla airs.
  • 05.23.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces the creation of the network's own celebrity "Roast" which will be produced by Denis Leary and Jim Serpico's New York City-based Apostle, which has signed on to overhaul the network's premiere annual event. The pact calls for Apostle to produce the event for the next three years. Leary, himself, will be the first "Roasted" under the new format.
  • 05.26.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" Presents "Iraq: A Look Baq (or, How We Learned to Stop Reporting and Love The War), a special primetime episode of the nightly news satire that features highlights of "The Daily Show's" authentic-seeming war coverage - from the failure of diplomacy to military buildup in the Persian Gulf to the commencement and completion of military action to the United State's nebulous role as post-war nation builder.
  • 06.05.2003
    "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" receives four TCA Awards nominations from the Television Critics Association, more than any other series, in the following categories: "Program of the Year," "Outstanding Achievement in Comedy," "Individual Achievement in Comedy" (Jon Stewart) and, in a touch of irony most appropriate to the nature of the self-described purveyor of "fake news," "Outstanding Achievement in News and Information."
  • 07.04.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL boldly goes where no other network has gone before and brings those foul-mouthed "South Park" boys to the small screen completely uncensored, unedited and with limited commercial interruption with the network television premiere of the Academy Award-nominated film, "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut."
  • 07.07.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL pays tribute to Jewish comedians with the premiere of "Heroes of Jewish Comedy," narrated by Judd Hirsch. The six-part documentary-series focuses on Jewish men and women who have changed the face of comedy, from the angst-ridden to the insult comics, the comedy icons to the up-and-comers and features Hank Azaria, Sandra Bernhard, Lewis Black, David Cross, Fran Drescher, Susie Essman, Judy Gold, Gilbert Gottfried, Corey Kahaney, Andrew Kindler, Marc Maron, Richard Lewis, Jon Lovitz, Joan Rivers, Jeffrey Ross, Sarah Silverman, Robert Smigel and Jerry Stiller, among others.
  • 07.17.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL earns five nominations in the 2002-2003 Primetime Emmy Awards competition with "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," garnering three nods, for "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series," "Outstanding Individual Performance in A Variety Or Music Program" (Jon Stewart, Host) and "Outstanding Writing In A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program." The other two nominations went to "Primetime Glick" which was recognized for "Outstanding Individual Performance in A Variety Or Music Program" (Martin Short as "Jiminy Glick") and "Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Prosthetic)"
  • 07.21.2003
    "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" wins two Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards for "Outstanding Achievement In Comedy" and "Outstanding Individual Achievement In Comedy" (Jon Stewart).
  • 07.23.2003
    "RENO 911!," the half-hour unscripted comedy created by and starring Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney and Thomas Lennon as cops patrolling Reno, Nevada, premieres to a stellar 1.94 HH / 1.51 P18-49 rating drawing 2.2 million total viewers (1.5 million P18-49). In addition to the remarkable overall ratings, "RENO 911!" was the highest rated program in prime time on basic cable that night among M12-34 and won its timeslot in every male demographic including M12-34, M18-34, M18-49 and M25-54. The series also joins "Chappelle's Show" as the only COMEDY CENTRAL series to ever build on its "South Park" lead-in in the key P18-49 demographic (+20%), where it also outperformed the prior six-week time period average in this demo by +86%.
  • 07.28.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL and Clear Channel Entertainment announce that they have joined forces to launch a nationwide comedy tour featuring Dave Attell and Lewis Black. "COMEDY CENTRAL LIVE Starring Dave Attell and Lewis Black," a partnership that brings together the preeminent name in comedy and the leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events, will kick-off on Wednesday, September 10 in Dallas, Texas and travel to approximately 50 cities nationwide through December 2003. T-Mobile and Smirnoff Ice have signed on as sponsors.
  • 08.10.2003
    The premiere of "The COMEDY CENTRAL Roast of Denis Leary" is seen by 3.25 million viewers and records a stellar 2.5 P18-49 rating (2.5 million viewers) making it the most watched "Roast" of the six the network has produced and the most watched non-"South Park" program in the channel's history. The 90-minute special, produced in association with Apostle and featuring host Jeff Garlin along with "Roasters" Mario Cantone, Lenny Clarke, Dane Cook, Nick DiPaolo, Doctor Dre & Ed Lover, Adam Ferrara, Michael J. Fox, Peter Gallagher, Gilbert Gottfried, Joe Mantegna, Conan O'Brien, Colin Quinn, Rene Russo, Jon Stewart and Christopher Walken and musical performances by Gina Gershon, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Jim Breuer, also propelled COMEDY CENTRAL to the second highest rated Sunday in network history. In addition to the remarkable overall viewership, "The COMEDY CENTRAL Roast of Denis Leary" was the highest rated program on basic cable among P18-49 and for its timeslot (Sunday, 10:00-11:30 p.m.) among P18-34 and in every male demographic including M12-34, M18-34, M18-49 and M25-54.
  • 08.17.2003
    The fifth season of "The Man Show" premieres with new hosts, Joe Rogan and Doug Stanhope.
  • 09.03.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL and "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone announce an agreement with Mort Marcus' Debmar Studios for the broadcast syndication rights to the network's top-rated series. Over 100 episodes of the Emmy-nominated series will be made available beginning as early as fall 2004.
  • 09.15.2003
    Fulfilling a promise made during a previous episode of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Senator John Edwards (D-NC), via satellite from Raleigh, NC, formally announces that he will seek the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, during an appearance on "The Daily Show."
  • 09.21.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL earns three Emmys in the 2002-2003 Primetime Emmy Awards competition with "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" honored as "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series" and receiving the award for "Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music or Comedy Program" and "Primetime Glick" winning the Emmy for the "Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Prosthetic)". It is the first Emmy for "Primetime Glick" and the second and third Emmys for "The Daily Show," which also won the award for writing in 2001.
  • 09.24.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces that it has signed British TV sensation Graham Norton to a multi-pronged deal that will have the star of Channel Four's hit series, "So Graham Norton," producing and hosting an American version of the award-winning variety/talk show (slated to premiere in June 2004), shooting his own stand-up special and taking on the hosting duties of COMEDY CENTRAL's "Reel Comedy."
  • 09.29.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces that it has teamed with Bob Bain Productions to produce "COMEDY CENTRAL Presents The Commies," a new awards show that will include more than 15 categories, culminating with the award for "The Funniest Person of the Year." "The Commies" will be taped in Los Angeles on November 22 at Sony Studios and will air on Sunday, December 7 at 9:00 p.m.
  • 10.03.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL greenlights "Drawn Together," television's first animated reality series. Presented as if it were a real Primetime reality series, "Drawn Together" answers the question of what happens when eight completely different cartoon characters from various genres and styles live together and have their lives filmed for the entire world to see. Created and written by Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser, "Drawn Together" has received an order for eight episodes and is scheduled to premiere in October 2004.
  • 10.07.2003
    Jon Stewart and his crack team of correspondents go live for only the fourth time in the series' storied history to analyze and report on the crazed California recall election with the special "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents The California Recall: Re-Decision 2003." Politics stays front and center the following night when Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) makes her first appearance on the show.
  • 10.12.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL Films and Jackhole Industries pull off the most elaborate prank ever with the premiere of the original reality film "Windy City Heat" the climax of a decade-long practical joke played on its "star" Perry Caravello.
  • 10.13.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL Films original movie, "Knee High P.I.," premieres. The films revolves around Hank Dingo, a height-challenged private eye, who is charming, abrasive and manipulative, yet always manages to solve the crime and get the girl.
  • 11.06.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces production of "Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, &*%$," an hour-long special honoring the legendary comedian that will air on Sunday, November 30 at 10:00 p.m. The special will be hosted by Pryor himself (through clips of in-concert performances, recordings and diary excerpts) and is scheduled to feature Dave Chappelle, Margaret Cho, Mos Def, Jamie Foxx, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Griffin, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Jennifer Lee Pryor, Jon Stewart, Wanda Sykes and George Wallace, among others.
  • 11.10.2003
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces that it is in production on three one-hour long specials that mock and shatter the straight male stereotypes while "embracing" the phenomenon that has swelled over "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy." "Straight Plan For The Gay Man" will premiere on February 17, 2004 and feature four straight comedians (the "Flab 4") giving gay men tips to pass as straight for a day in an effort to help them achieve their latent heterosexual dreams of becoming a blue-collar meatpacker, a competitive basketball player and a bar hopping, smooth talking babe magnet.
  • 01.09.2004
    COMEDY CENTRAL once again puts traditional news media and political candidates on alert as the network kicks off its "Indecision 2004" Presidential election programming, beginning in earnest with the upcoming Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary. As in 2000, leading the way to the White House will be the award-winning "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
  • 01.09.2004
    COMEDY CENTRAL and HBO have reached an extraordinary licensing agreement that gives the all-comedy network access to the enormous stand-up library of the pay cable channel. The exclusive deal adds 138 titles to the netowrk's library of shows and includes a mix of 30-, 60- and 90-minute specials featuring A-list talent such as Chris Rock, Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Bill Maher, Ellen Degeneres, Robert Schimmel and Dave Chappelle.
  • 01.21.2004
    The second season of the critically acclaimed "Chappelle's Show" premieres.
  • 01.28.2004
    After over 20 years in the cable industry, 13 with COMEDY CENTRAL, the last 5 as president and CEO of the all-comedy network, Larry Divney announces that he will be retiring from that position.
  • 03.16.2004
    Nearly a decade after his first stint at the network began, COMEDY CENTRAL announces that programming and network-branding guru Doug Herzog will rejoin the all-comedy channel as President. Herzog will begin in early May and be based in L.A.
  • 03.18.2004
    COMEDY CENTRAL announces an agreement with Jon Stewart to extend the contract of the host of the critically acclaimed and award-winning "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Stewart, whose contract was set to expire at the end of this year, will now remain with the all-comedy channel through 2008 and the next presidential election campaign.
  • 06.07.2004
    Fresh off its highest-rated quarter in network history, COMEDY CENTRAL announces that Nickelodeon Consumer Products, which last year brought in $3 billion in retail sales for properties including "SpongeBob SquarePants," will now handle licensing for its sister network and will oversee the strategic development of the COMEDY CENTRAL brand and its properties in consumer products and at retail.
  • 07.18.2004
    "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is honored by the Television Critics Association with one of the organization's annual TCA Awards. In a touch of irony most appropriate to the nature of the self-described purveyor of "fake news," "The Daily Show" won the TCA Award for "Outstanding Achievement in News and Information," besting such well-respected News programs as "60 Minutes," "Meet the Press" and "Nightline."
  • 07.20.2004
    COMEDY CENTRAL earns seven nominations in the 2003-2004 Primetime Emmy Awards competition. "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," the network's unique news parody series, has been nominated for three Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, and Outstanding Writing In A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program. Chuck O'Neil, the program's director, was singled out by the television academy for Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music or Comedy Program. "Chappelle's Show" was also nominated for three Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, the show's team of directors for Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music or Comedy Program and Outstanding Writing In A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program. The final nomination went to "South Park," the adult-oriented animation phenomenon, home to Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman, which received its fourth nomination for the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (less than an hour).
  • 07.23.2004
    COMEDY CENTRAL and television and film producer Norman Lear, the founder of the national nonprofit, nonpartisan "Declare Yourself" voter registration campaign, announce that they have joined forces to encourage youth voter registration for the 2004 presidential election. The campaign, directed by theatrical film director Kevin Smith ("Clerks," "Dogma" "Chasing Amy" and "Jay and Silent Bob"), will feature various comedians and celebrities performing mindless and transitory activities, such as toasting a cheese sandwich or cleaning a hamster cage, to highlight the similar effortlessness that goes into registering to vote. The campaign will unfold in two phases - a register to vote flight, which will run from July 23-September and a follow-up flight to get out the vote in October.
  • 07.27.2004
    "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" takes the show on the road traveling to Boston to cover the Democratic National Convention as part of COMEDY CENTRAL's "Indecision 2004" political coverage. The show is based out of Boston University's TSAI Center for the week.
  • 08.02.2004
    COMEDY CENTRAL has reached an agreement with Dave Chappelle to extend the contract of the star of the critically-acclaimed "Chappelle's Show." The Emmy-nominated series will return to COMEDY CENTRAL for a third and fourth season (13 episodes each) after Dave Chappelle inked a new two-year deal with the all-comedy channel, extending the show through 2006. Chappelle will continue in his current capacity as star, co-creator, writer and executive producer of the series, along with Neal Brennan returning as co-creator, writer and executive producer. The pact also includes a deal for Chappelle to develop new programming ideas for COMEDY CENTRAL.
  • 08.09.2004
    President Bill Clinton makes his first appearance as a guest on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" marking the first time a President, sitting or otherwise, appears on the show.
  • 08.24.2004
    Senator John Kerry makes his first appearance as a guest on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" marking the first time a presidential candidate drops by the show during the campaign.
  • 08.31.2004
    COMEDY CENTRAL's always controversial series, "South Park," presents its take on Mel Gibson's recent blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," with the release of "South Park: The Passion of the Jew" on DVD. The three episode disc is released on the same day as Gibson's "Passion" and will be available in retail stores nationwide and at comedycentral.com via COMEDY CENTRAL Home Entertainment distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment. Episodes featured on the new DVD along with "The Passion of the Jew" are "Christian Rock Hard" and "Red Hot Catholic Love."
  • 08.31.2004
    "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" covers the Republican National Convention as part of COMEDY CENTRAL's "Indecision 2004" political coverage. With the convention occurring at Madison Square Garden, the show is able to broadcast from its home studio in midtown Manhattan. "The Daily Show" averaged over 1.4 million viewers per episode during the RNC week, making it the most viewed week in the show's history.
  • 09.19.2004
    COMEDY CENTRAL earns two Emmys in the 2003-2004 Primetime Emmy Awards competition with "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" honored as "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series" for the second consecutive year The network's other Emmy also went to "The Daily Show" for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. This marks the third time (and second consecutive) that the Peabody Award-winning "Daily Show" was recognized in the writing category.
  • 09.30.2004
    "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" records its most viewed episode in series history to date with a special live "Indecision 2004" episode commenting on the first Presidential Debate entitled "The Bush-Kerry Debate: The Squabble in Coral Gables" that drew 2.4 million viewers. The news parody also recorded the most viewed week in its 8-year history with an average of 1.5 million viewers per episode.
  • 10.11.2004
    Veteran cable executive Michele Ganeless is named executive vice president and general manager, COMEDY CENTRAL and will oversee all programming and marketing functions at the network. This encompasses programming, co-productions, consumer and trade marketing and advertising, creative services, on-air promotion, acquisitions, audience research, scheduling and new business. Ganeless will report directly to Doug Herzog and will be based in New York. She rejoins the all-comedy network from her previous position of executive vice president and general manager of the USA Network where she worked closely with Herzog, then president and CEO. She will officially begin her new assignment on October 13, 2004.
  • 10.19.2004
    COMEDY CENTRAL Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment announce that "Chappelle's Show Season One: Uncensored" DVD box set has become the #1 all-time best-selling TV show on DVD ever with over two million units sold, according to Videoscan and retail sources. The two-disc collection of Dave Chappelle's top-rated COMEDY CENTRAL series has moved ahead of the previous record-holder, "The Simpsons: The Complete First Season," which has sold 1.9 million units. "Chappelle's Show: Season One Uncensored" DVD was released on February 24, 2004. The boxed set features 12 outrageous episodes; audio commentary by Dave Chappelle and series co-creator and executive producer Neal Brennan on five episodes and a 30-minute deleted scenes/blooper reel.