The Comedy Channel

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This article is about the Australian television channel. For other uses, see The Comedy Channel (disambiguation).
The Comedy Channel
The Comedy Channel Logo
Launched 30 June 1996[1]
Owned by Foxtel Networks
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.9%
timeshift 0.5% (September 2008, )
Country Australia
Language English
Headquarters Melbourne
Sister channel(s) 111 Greats
Arena
Bio.
Fox8
FOX Classics
The LifeStyle Channel
LifeStyle Food
LifeStyle Home
LifeStyle You
SoHo
TV Hits
Website thecomedychannel.com.au
Availability
Satellite
Foxtel Channel 112
Channel 153 (+2)
Cable
Foxtel Channel 112
Channel 153 (+2)
Optus TV Channel 112
Channel 153 (+2)
IPTV
Xbox 360 Channel 112

The Comedy Channel (promoted on air as comedy) is an Australian subscription television channel available on Foxtel, Austar and Optus Television.

History[edit]

A joint venture between Artist Services (20%), Australis Media (40%) and Foxtel (40%),[2] the channel began broadcasting on the Galaxy platform on 30 June 1996, and became available on Foxtel on 1 August 1996.[1] After the collapse of Australis in 1998, Foxtels share of the channel increased to 80%.[2] The channel became fully owned by Foxtel after it purchased Artist Services (now Granada Australia) 20% stake in August 2002.[3][4] In 2006-2007 the channel moved headquarters from Sydney to Melbourne, into the studios vacated by Fox Footy Channel.[5] The Comedy Channel is the only channel in Australia specifically dedicated to comedy around the clock; primarily featuring stand-up, sitcoms, animated comedy, sketch comedy, comedy genre films and talk shows.

Comedy Channel personalities include Frank Woodley, who hosts Aussie Gold, Tim Ross and Merrick Watts who hosts The Merrick & Rosso Show, Cameron Knight who amongst other things for the Comedy Channel hosts Stand Up Australia, and H.G. Nelson who hosts Comedy Slapdown.

The Comedy Channel transferred from 4:3 to Widescreen 16:9 broadcasting on Thursday 1 April 2010 at 5:30am as part of Foxtel's plan to convert all its channels to widescreen before the end of 2010.[6]

In July 2010 the channel dropped its late night talk shows, leading to disappointed viewers.,[7] however Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has since returned to a late night timeslot.

Programming[edit]

Current Programming[edit]

Original Programming[edit]

Acquired Programming[edit]

Former Programming[edit]

Original Programming[edit]

Acquired Programming[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Freeman, Jane; Andrew Conway (1996-06-30). "The Joke Stops Here". Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 2. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  2. ^ a b Schulze, Jane (1998-07-28). "Foxtel takes more of comedy TV". The Age (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 5. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  3. ^ Lee Lewes, Jacqueline (23 August 2002). "Burrells returns to run Foxtel's Comedy Channel". The Hollywood Reporter 374 (45): 14. ISSN 0018-3660. 
  4. ^ Idato, Michael (19 August 2002). "Switched on". Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 2. Retrieved 24 Feb 2010. 
  5. ^ Ricketson, Matthew (2006-11-29). "Foxtel handballs Comedy Channel to Melbourne". The Age (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 3. ISSN 0312-6307. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  6. ^ Knox, David (15 March 2010). "Comedy Channel goin' widescreen, no foolin'". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Knox, David (7 July 2010). "Comedy Channel: No reprieve for Letterman, Fallon & Leno". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Foxtel's TVH!TS is the new channel destination for TV's greatest hits from Wednesday, January 1". 16 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.