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TODAY: Tributes for Deidre, Gordon Ramsay’s Family Feud, Justin Bieber is set for a roasting, and The Kardashian’s rally behind Bruce

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An American TV show has used this month’s fatal shark attack at Muriwai Beach as material for a comedy sketch.

The Jeselnik Offensive, a Comedy Central series hosted by “comedian” Anthony Jeselnik, referenced the attack on Adam Strange and poked fun at the fact he was killed and left behind a family.

“Last week, a man in New Zealand was attacked by a 14 foot Great White shark,” Jeselnik tells his audience.

“Was he killed? You bet your sweet ass he was killed – and he had a family and everything!” Continue reading »

‘Olympico’ premieres Wednesdays @ 9pm August 1, 8 & 15! Only on Comedy Central!

The ‘Olympico’ team will bring you the most in-depth, up to date, irreverent and irrelevant coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.

Legendary sports journalist, Leigh Hart, and his team travel to London for all the top sports action, fringe action, personalities, and colour of the games.  Continue reading »

Charlie Sheen’s surprise appearance on Kimmel

Charlie Sheen has made a surprise appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, storming onto the stage during Kimmel’s interview with Mark Cuban. Sheen kissed the host on the lips before flinging t-shirts bearing his slogans into the crowd.

Mirren to host SNL

Dame Helen Mirren has been announced as guest host of an episode of Saturday Night Live, marking her first time on the American comedy series. Mirren will take the reins of the April 9 episode that will also feature the Foo Fighters.

Cryer joins theatre production

Charlie Sheen’s Two and a Half men co-star Jon Cryer has landed a role in a stage production of Company with the New York Philharmonic. Cryer will join How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris and Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks in the production.

Murphy named Comedy Icon

Eddie Murphy has been named the recipient of the ‘Comedy Icon’ prize for the inaugural Comedy Awards for Comedy Central. Murphy will be honoured at the upcoming ceremony on March 26.

Gervais and Arnett to appear on The Office

Ricky Gervais and Arrested Development’s Will Arnett will appear on the season finale of The Office in the US. Steve Carell will have departed the series by the time the pair hit the screen.

COMEDY CENTRAL earned nine nominations in the 2009-2010 Primetime Emmy® Awards competition, it was announced today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS).

Thirteen-time Emmy-winner (seven times for program and six for writing) “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” the network’s unique news parody series, is nominated this year in five categories: Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series and Chuck O’Neil, singled out for the seventh year-in-a-row for Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series.

Two additional nominations came in the Technical Direction category and The Daily Show Ask a Correspondent piece, “The Meaning of Life,” credited to thedailyshow.com, COMEDY CENTRAL Digital.

This brings the grand total of Primetime Emmy nominations for the “Daily Show” to 37.  The program is also a two-time winner of the prestigious Peabody® Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

Watch the latest episodes of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, weekdays @ 10:30pm. SKY CHANNEL 010.

“The Colbert Report,” with Stephen Colbert assuming a dismissive, Bill O’Reilly-like persona while commenting on the issues of the day, received three Emmy Award nominations: Outstanding

Variety, Music Or Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series, a category in which it won its first Emmy in 2008, and Director Jim Hoskinson was cited for Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series.  The show has been nominated in each of these categories for four years-in-a-row; its total number of nominations now stands at 18. The show has also been honored with the prestigious Peabody® Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

Watch the latest episodes of “The Colbert Report”, weekdays @ 11pm. SKY CHANNEL 010.

Four-time Emmy-winner “South Park,” the adult animation phenomenon, home to Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman, received its tenth Emmy nomination for Outstanding Animated Program. Nominated for “200 / 201,” the show in its 14th season remains COMEDY CENTRAL’s highest-rated show. It too has won the prestigious Peabody® Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

Spend the afternoon with the boys from “South Park”, weekdays @ 2:30pm. Kick off your weekend with a three hour marathon of “South Park”, every Saturday morning from 7:30am. SKY CHANNEL 010.

The Emmy Awards will be presented in two ceremonies. The first, primarily for creative arts categories, will take place on Saturday, August 21, while the balance of the Emmys, primarily for the performing arts, will be announced before a black-tie audience during a primetime telecast on Sunday, August 29.  Both ceremonies will take place at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, CA.

 

The following is a complete list of COMEDY CENTRAL’s nominations.

 

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

 

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Steve Bodow, Head Writer. Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Tim Carvell, Wyatt Cenac, Hallie Haglund, JR Havlan, David Javerbaum, Elliott Kalan, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Jon Stewart, Writers.

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES

Chuck O’Neil, Director, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

 

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO CONTROL FOR A SERIES

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart “Episode 15032”

Andre Allen, Technical Director. Tom Dowling, Tim Quigley, Rich York, Phil Salanto, Camera. Paul Ranieri, Video Control.

 

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart: “Ask a Correspondent – The Meaning of Life”

Rich Sullivan, Rachel Maceiras, Paul Beddoe-Stephens, Co-Executive Producers.

Judi Stroh, Producer.

 

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES

The Colbert Report

 

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES

The Colbert Report

Barry Julien, Head Writer. Stephen Colbert, Allison Silverman, Tom Purcell, Rich Dahm, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Opus Moreschi, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Meredith Scardino, Max Werner, Eric Drysdale, Writers

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES

Jim Hoskinson, The Colbert Report

 

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM (For Programming One Hour or Less)

South Park, “200 / 201”

He’s been hailed as America’s Greatest Comic, had the top grossing standup act in North America in 2009 and the first show of this series was watched by 5.3 million viewers – the most watched season premiere in Comedy Central history. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham brings his pals to life in The Jeff Dunham Show, a stunning premiere on Comedy Central which premiered Thursday 4th February @ 7:30pm.
Dunham has ventured into late-night wonderlands such as The Tonight Show and Letterman and garnered praise from audiences for his quick wit and colourful cast of characters.  He pushes the boundaries at times with his humour – case in point being ‘Achmed the Dead Terrorist’, who was one of the most controversial and watched clips on YouTube, (frequently telling audiences to “Shut up! I kill you!”).
Dunham’s other characters include “superhero” Melvin, white-trash, beer drinking redneck Bubba J, retired, grumpy old man Walter, Player In the Management Profession (“P.I.M.P”) Sweet Daddy Dee (who frequently calls Dunham his “ho”… well, Jeff does work for Sweet Daddy Dee) and hyperactive, purple skinned woozle Peanut – described as “the bad kid” of the pack.

He helped create Seinfeld and is viewed as an icon of sitcoms. Larry David’s dialogue-driven humor has been used as a basis for many a contender to that Seinfeld throne though nothing has ever come close – except for David’s own acerbic television series Curb Your Enthusiasm. Comedy Central will premiere the HBO special that launched one of this decades’ most talked about television shows. Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm premieres Tuesday 23rd February @ 8:30pm. It’s art imitating life (imitating art imitating life), as David is approached to perform a one-off TV special. Agreeing he has to polish his stand up skills, David realizes that his nerves aren’t as robust as they used to be as he hits comedy club after comedy club. Featuring appearances by Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Richard Lewis, this is truly ‘must-see’ TV.

Martin Lawrence has been a national treasure in the United States starring in prime-time comedy Martin, alongside Will Smith in the Bad Boys franchise and donning a fat suit and drag in Big Momma’s House. Before his foray onto the big and little screen, Lawrence cemented his status as a funny man in the stand up circuit and frequently is considered an “originator” in many comedy circles. Martin Lawrence: You So Crazy! premiering on Tuesday 9th February @ 8:30pm shows the pure talent Lawrence commands of his audiences, as this classic HBO Special shows.  It’s raunchy, it’s racy, it’s undeniably funny, its Martin at his best.

He’s a curmudgeon and he’d quite rightly agree with you if you ever called him an “angry old bastard.” Author/playwright/actor/sometimes The Daily Show correspondent and comedian Lewis Black explodes on the stage for his first HBO Special and Comedy Central premiere Lewis Black: Black on Broadway on Tuesday 16th February @ 8:30pm, showing the observational and sometimes outright vulgar humour reminiscent of George Carlin who was a big influence on Black’s style. Topics such as US homeland security, sexual politics, international travel, tax cuts, Martha Stewart and US politics are all placed in the line of Black’s caustic, comedic fire as he shows he is afraid of nothing. What makes Black’s routines even more special is his refusal to write anything down instead choosing a topic and ranting in a stream-of-conscious delivery until he goes blue in the face!

The Jeff Dunham Show. Premieres Thursday 4th February @ 7:30pm
Lewis Black: Black on Broadway. Premieres Tuesday 16th February @ 8:30pm
Martin Lawrence: You So Crazy! Premieres Tuesday 9th February @ 8:30pm
Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm. Premieres Tuesday 23rd February @ 8:30pm

The world wide web; vast landscapes of cyberspace which today’s society has not only become reliant on but has honed and tailored to suit the needs of virtually everyone – be it emailing, sharing documents, giving their opinion on anything and everything and, in some cases, showing us videos of monkeys doing things you’d childishly laugh about in the Zoo.

With his razor sharp wit and biting commentary, comedian Daniel Tosh collates together the incredibly clever and sometimes ludicrously absurd portions of the Internet in Tosh.0, a Comedy Central exclusive. With highlights such as “viral videos of the week”, various tweet-wars between celebs and gossip columnists alike and some well-known faces in the entertainment industry premiering their own videos, Tosh.0 acts as your homepage and search engine for the best, and worst of the Information Superhighway.

The Hammersmith Apollo in London is hallowed ground for comedians; you know you’ve reached the big leagues when you’re asked to perform there.  Live At The Apollo, another Comedy Central exclusive, features a who’s who of comedic greats who have graced the halls of the venue – acts such as Jack Dee, Joan Rivers, Patrick Kielty, Alan Carr and Jimmy Carr amongst others. Hosted each week by a different guest presenter, they perform alongside the crème de la crème of funny.

What’s your favorite Robot Chicken joke? Is it the horror movie character edition of “Big Brother” or perhaps “Worlds Greatest One Sided Fights”? Comedy Central NZ took creators Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and head writer Tom Root to task while they were visiting for Armageddon and got them to narrow it down to their personal top ten – giving viewers the scrumptious Chicken Nuggets: A Robot Chicken 10 Piece Pack – a Comedy Central exclusive.  Ten of their favorite episodes seasoned with Comedy Central NZ’s sidesplitting herbs and spices and wrapped up in one tasty pack! You can’t beat that taste!

After making financial sacrifices to produce the movie they’ve wanted to work on for a while, Medellin, Vince and Eric approach auteur Billy Walsh to direct their movie on a shoestring budget – something Walsh is synonymous with accomplishing. However, will Billy’s erratic and irrational on-set behavior be too much to see the boys’ dream feature come to life? Will their artistic vision be praised or booed as it rolls into cinemas? Along with the rest of his Entourage, Vince is finding Hollywood’s fast-lane lifestyle an intoxicating ride… but as he this time had a little too much?

For all the guys out there, January on Comedy Central  gives you a chance to hang out with your junk (almost) out.  Balls Out, every Monday night from 7:30pm, gives the male of the species a chance to let their inner-child run free with back-to-back episodes of some of the funniest, downright stupid and incredibly politically incorrect comedies on television.   Tosh.0;   the lovable, if not down right idiotic Jackass;  the highly celebrated and at times racially charged  Chris Rock Show; Free Radio’s moronic intern-come-shock jock Lance;  the always enviable lives of the Entourage boys;  courier company hi-jinks with Swift & Shift and the absurd Trailer Park Boys. Definitely not a line up you’d associate with a Sensitive New Age Guy. Go on – do something for YOUR boys!

Tosh.0. Premieres Mondays @ 7:30pm
Live At The Apollo. Premieres Saturday 2nd January @ 8:30pm. Screens Saturdays @ 8:30pm
Chicken Nuggets: A Robot Chicken 10 Piece Pack. Premieres Saturday 30th January @ 3pm.        
Entourage. Premieres Mondays @ 8:30pm
Balls Out. Mondays from  7:30pm (7:30pm Tosh.0/8:00pm Free Radio/8:30pm Entourage/9pm Jackass/9.30 The Chris Rock Show /10pm Swift & Shift/10:30pm Trailer Park Boys)

I’m really annoyed by the tedious and seemingly pointless advertisements shown on Comedy Central. Who really needs these long graphics sequences that have no point but to flash Comedy Central at the end?

Also, the stand-up performances grow old after the second hearing, and the inane playing of “The Best of Saturday Night Live” skits. Especially the “More Cowbell” and  “Little items to show our patriotism” skits that drag on for a reasonably long amount of time. Oh and more recently the constant replaying of behind the scenes of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

I was also disappointed with the recent South Park Marathon, which featured the same episodes at the beginning of the marathon as at the end of it, and no, it was not the replay. Of all the episodes there are of South Park, they chose to replay the same ones, in a MARATHON!?

It just seems like the channel has too many re-runs and not enough new content, well, no new content. Seems like another budget attempt by Sky to make it look like they added a new channel, when in fact, they just found a place to dump old programs and advertise themselves constantly. I KNOW WHAT CHANNEL I AM WATCHING!

I find the same issue with Discovery Channel, the constant advertising of their own shows in every ad break will drive you up the wall. I love some reruns, Frasier and M*A*S*H are great, but some new content would be good too.

At 8:00am this morning, Comedy Central NZ became the first Comedy Central channel in the Southern Hemisphere and joined a portfolio of nine channels spanning the USA, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary and Poland with an estimated global audience of over 140 million making it the world’s biggest comedy brand.

COMEDY CENTRAL NZ will air 24 hours a day, seven days a week on SKY Digital Channel 010. This will be the third channel operated locally by MTV Networks Australia and NZ, joining sister MTV Network brands MTV and Nickelodeon, already available on the SKY Digital platform.

The shows you can look forward to in April are:
· 30 Rock
· American Dad (Animation)
· Badly Dubbed Porn
· Chappelle’s Show
· Comedy Central Roast
– Pamela Anderson
– Flavor Flav
– William Shatner
· Colbert Report
· Das Crazy Sex Show
· Entourage
· Frasier
· Free Radio
· Fur TV (Animation)
· Harry Enfield and Chums
· Harvey Birdman (Animation)
· How I Met Your Mother
· Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show
· M*A*S*H
· Reno 911
· Robot Chicken (Animation)
· Sarah Silverman Program
· Saturday Night Live (Best Of)
– Chris Rock
– Will Ferrell
– Adam Sandler
– Jimmy Fallon
· Seinfeld
· Sex and the City
· South Park (Animation)
· Stupid, Stupid Man
· The Boondocks (Animation)
· The Game
· The Goodies
· The Young Ones
· Til Death
· Trailer Park Boys
· Who’s Line is it Anyway (UK)
· Wonderful World of Sex