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Comedy Central

2 Ratings: 2.5
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Comedy Central presents the biggest comedy stars from the past and present along with today's hottest newcomers. Comedy Centrals schedule is an eclectic mix of original programming, stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, classic television shows and movies.

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1 review about Comedy Central

Good, but why is so much missing?

  • Dec 20, 1999
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Pros: A number of quality shows

Cons: Somewhat sophomoric programming, repeats repeats repeats

I like Comedy Central, it being one of the...six? seven? channels I regularly flip to and sometimes find something worthwhile on. Like any other network, it's a bit hit-and-miss: 'South Park' has been on the wane lately, Ben Stein is too tedious to've been given a second show, 'The Daily Show' has vastly improved since the departure of the smarmy Craig Kilborn, and I like most of the animation block...

It has its programming genius; 'The Man Show' at least knows its demographic, and thank heavens for re-runs of 'The Kids in the Hall.' But -- further on with that last one -- why is Comedy Central just so much American dreck sometimes? Yes, yes, 'The Kids in the Hall' is Canadian and 'Bob and Margaret' is British, but you're left with a disturbing feeling that the 27th re-run of 'Weird Science' might be better replaced with a re-run of one of their stronger programs, which see 'South Park,' or -- better yet, but quite unimaginable -- foreign comedy programming. Some nagging feeling tells me Comedy Central could be importing (say) Australian, British, Canadian, etc, etc, etc comedy shows for a song and putting 'Weird Science' out of its misery.

There are some perks and entertainments in the afternoon, the reliable stand-bys (mostly animated, in my opinion; I actually enjoy 'The Critic,' usually), but most of the evenings and nights -- prime time for its couch potato audience, you'd assume -- are dead space of lousy movies or, more irritatingly, the night-long stretch of infomercials. At what point did it become acceptable for a premium channel to stuff itself with so much Ron Popeil pseudo-programming? (And whatever happened to that guy with the bad glasses, adrenalin and bizarre sweaters?)

It's good, but it just seems that so very much more could be done with the format. Sure, I like Caroline Rhea's stand-up bit, but I'm hurling the *#(@ television out the window if they broadcast it for the 79th time -- Americans don't have a monopoly on funny shows, and Comedy Central needs to figure that out before the 'rotato' market gets saturated.


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