The Comedy Network
|The Comedy Network|
|The Comedy Network logo|
|Launched||October 17, 1997|
|Owned by||Bell Media|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Slogan||Canada's #1 Comedy Network|
|Sister channel(s)||Comedy Gold|
|Website||The Comedy Network|
|Bell TV||625 (East) (SD)
626 (West) (SD)
1740 (East) (HD)
|Shaw Direct||547 (West) (SD)
548 (East) (SD)
|Available on most Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Aliant TV||208 (East) (SD) 431 (East) (HD)|
|Bell Fibe TV||625 (East) (SD)
626 (West) (SD)
1625 (East) (HD)
1626 (West) (HD)
|MTS||115 (East) (SD)
116 (West) (SD)
|Optik TV||173 (West) (SD)
710 (East) (HD)
|SaskTel||74 (West) (SD)|
In September 1996, 1155636 Ontario Inc. (a company majority controlled by Baton Broadcasting, with the remaining interests held by Shaw Cable, Astral Broadcasting, and Les Films Rozon inc.) was granted a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for the Comedy Network.
Through various acquisitions over the years, Shaw, Astral, and Les Films Rozon sold their interest in the service to Baton, which became Bell Globemedia in 2001 and was renamed CTVglobemedia in 2007, then Bell Media in 2011 following its acquisition by Bell Canada. (See CTVglobemedia and Bell Media for history of Baton ownership).
The channel was launched on October 17, 1997, with the slogan Time Well Wasted, a variation of the U.S.-based channel A&E's slogan "Time Well Spent". The slogan was used until the network's overhaul on November 1, 2011.
The Comedy Network maintained a consistent look since its incarnation in 1997. The 'yellow oval' logo (which has undergone slight modifications throughout its use) was in use since the network's launch in 1997 until November 1, 2011, when the Comedy Network was relaunched with a new look, consisting a new simplified logo and new on-air presentation.
Relationship with Comedy Central 
The Comedy Network, since its beginning, has held a relationship with its American counterpart, Comedy Central. The Comedy Network has broadcast many Comedy Central programs in Canada. This relationship was strengthened in June 2007 when the Comedy Network's parent company announced a deal with Comedy Central for exclusive Canadian rights to the entire Comedy Central library of past and present programs on all electronic platforms, under a multi-year agreement with Viacom.
Successes and awards 
Some original Comedy Network shows like Puppets Who Kill, Odd Job Jack, and Kevin Spencer developed cult followings with loyal fan bases. Several original programs including Puppets Who Kill, Comedy Now!, and The Gavin Crawford Show have won Canadian Comedy Awards, and several shows produced in partnership with the parent network CTV have also been quite successful, including Corner Gas's Canadian Comedy Award wins, six Gemini Award wins, seven Leo Award wins and an International Emmy nomination.
Comedy Gold 
Comedy Gold is an offshoot of Bell Media's specialty channel, the Comedy Network, which took over TV Land Canada on August 2, 2010. Comedy Gold focuses primarily on sitcoms from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
The Comedy Network HD 
On July 12, 2012, the Comedy Network launched The Comedy Network HD, a high definition simulcast of the standard definition feed. It is available on Bell TV, Bell Fibe TV, Shaw Cable and Telus Optik TV.
- Decision CRTC 96-596 CRTC 1996-09-04
- The Comedy Network Turns 10 Today and Goes Full-On-Cyber with Revolutionary Revamped Website
- It’s a NEWvember for The Comedy Network as New Look and Feel Revealed Nov. 1 Bell Media press release 2011-10-28
- CTV and Comedy Central Deal for Laughs; CTV Strikes Multi-Platform Content Deal for Laugh Nets' Program Library CTVglobemedia press release 2007-06-27
- CTV tweaks TV Land Canada's focus, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 June 2010