TV Guide: Laugh out loud with new channel

2011-12-12 10:24

This week saw MTV Networks Africa launch Comedy Central on Channel 122. It’s a dedicated comedy channel with loads of content including stand-up and sketch, satire, offbeat funny TV series’, classic sitcoms and specials.

On Tuesday night, I parked myself in front of the TV to watch as the channel got off to an “iffy” start – well, at least in my opinion – with an hour-long special from the annoying US stand-up and ventriloquist comedian Jeff Dunham’s Sparks of Insanity which I thought would never end.

But the channel later redeemed itself by showing the global hit The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen.

The show is a yearly star-studded event where a special “roastee” is hand-picked to be in the hot seat and suffer some good-natured and often rude-yetdisturbingly funny ribbing from colleagues and comics.

Past “roastees” have included David Hasselhoff, Donald Trump, Denis Leary, Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Joan Rivers and Flavor Flav.

I look forward to seeing them, especially the Flavor Flav one. Sheen impressively did the show fresh from his public meltdown and sacking from Two and a Half Men; which meant there was a lot of material to choose from.

He was a good sport – and so was his ex, Brooke Mueller, who was in the audience – as William Shatner, Mike Tyson and Slash from Guns ’n Roses, led by Roast Master Seth McFarlane, took turns dissing them.

The highlight of my night – and my everlasting shame because I’m a fan – was the new season of South Park which started with two new episodes.

As usual, the four foulmouthed, troublemaking boys created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone made me laugh out loud.

The creators recently signed a deal with Comedy Central to continue the series right through to 2016. The show is on at 1.15am and 1.40am on Monday to Fridays and at 9.50pm and 11.55pm every Sunday.

The cherry on top is definitely the 14-time Emmy award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The Daily Show has earned its title as The Most Trusted Name In Fake News and Stewart makes for a very entertaining host.

Now everyone will be able to see why he keeps winning.

The Colbert Report, another satire show hosted by Stephen Colbert, brings the funny to serious news.

The Daily Show is on weekdays 2.30am and 4.55am while the The Colbert Report is on at 3.45am and 5.20am.

There are many other shows to look forward to, like Trailerpark Boys, That 70s Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun and My Wife and Kids.

The one thing I find a little annoying are the “quickies” that feature local personalities and comedians introducing themselves.

Granted, it’s a great way to localise it but must we see them at every interval?

Hopefully they’ll decrease as time goes by. All in all, I can safely say I’ve found a new home whenever I’m in
a foul mood.

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