Short Attention Span Theater

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Short Attention Span Theater
Genre Television comedy
Format Clip show
Presented by Jon Stewart
Patty Rosborough
Mark S. Allen
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Broadcast
Original channel The Comedy Channel
First shown in 1989–1994
Chronology
Related shows Comic Remix (2002)

Short Attention Span Theater (abbreviated SAST) was an American clip show in which the hosts presented short segments of stand-up comedy acts and scenes from films airing on HBO and Cinemax.

SAST premiered on the Comedy Channel in November 1989; it was one the channel's initial programs. Because the Comedy Channel, HBO, and Cinemax were all owned by Home Box Office, Inc., the show was used to promote the parent corporation's programming.

In April 1991, the Comedy Channel merged with Ha!, Viacom's competing comedy channel, to form CTV: The Comedy Network; two months later, CTV rebranded as Comedy Central. The network continued to order new episodes of SAST after this transition, but with some modifications.

SAST had no presenter during its first few weeks. In 1990, the Comedy Channel reformatted the show and hired Jon Stewart and Patty Rosborough to present it—which they did until 1993. Mark S. Allen replaced them for the final two seasons. Among the show's various guest hosts were Janet Decker, Joe Bolster, Marc Maron, Laura Kightlinger, Sue Murphy, and brothers Brian Regan and Dennis Regan. In between clips, the hosts' banter often covered events in entertainment news.

SAST was the first television venue for Marc Weiner's "head puppet" comedy sketches. The puppets' heads are the size of a human's, but the bodies are disproportionately small.

In 2002, several years after SAST's conclusion, Comedy Central broadcast a similar series called Comic Remix. The show had a comparable format, and re-used many of the clips previously featured on SAST.

In 2005, two shorts[which?] from SAST where animated for inclusion as bonus material for the DVD-Video release of the first season of Dr. Katz Professional Therapist.

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