Tosh.0

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Tosh.0
Tosh.0 title screen
Genre Comedy
Created by
Directed by Scott Zabielski
Presented by Daniel Tosh
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 136 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Daniel Tosh
  • Charlie Siskel
  • Christie Smith
Running time 21 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Comedy Central
Picture format 16:9 HDTV (1080i)
Original run June 4, 2009 (2009-06-04) – present
External links
Website

Tosh.0 (/ˈtɒʃ ˌpɔɪnt ˈ/ TOSH point OH) is an American television series hosted by comedian Daniel Tosh, who provides commentary on online video clips, society, celebrities, and other parts of popular culture and stereotypes.

History

Tosh.0 premiered on Comedy Central on June 4, 2009, starring Daniel Tosh. It focuses on Internet viral videos.[1] The first season proved a surprise hit, averaging over a million viewers per episode. Within 10 weeks of its premiere, Tosh.0 became the second-most-watched cable network show in its time slot among 18–34-year-old males, a sought-after advertising demographic.[2]

The show was originally scheduled for only 10 episodes, but as its popularity increased, Comedy Central extended the first season to 16 episodes.[3] On December 2009, it was announced that Comedy Central had renewed the show for a full second season, with 25 episodes. The second season was set to debut on January 13, 2010.[4]

On April 8, 2010, Comedy Central confirmed that the show has been renewed for a third season.[5] It began on January 11, 2011,[6] but was put on break 10 episodes into the season on March 15, 2011. The show returned and aired eleven more episodes starting on May 17, 2011, and finished out the season with nine more episodes in September. In June 2010, the summer season premiere of the show was the #1 show on its timeslot among men within the ages of 18–24. With nearly 2 million viewers, the episode was the most-watched episode of the series.[7] This record was quickly broken by the July 7 episode, which had up to 2.4 million viewers, and the July 28 episode would attract 2.7 million viewers, again winning the time slot and being the most-watched show on television that day among men aged 18–24 and 25–34. The July 28 episode was also the top cable show that night for adults 18–49.[8]

On September 19, 2012, Comedy Central announced that the show would be renewed for a fifth season consisting of 30 episodes.[9]

On December 10, 2013, Comedy Central announced that the show was being renewed for three additional seasons, taking it through its eighth season, slated for 2016.[10]

Format

Each episode begins with a cold open of a clip from an online video. Tosh makes humorous comments and jokes about the video, and proceeds to do so for a selection of other videos and/or pictures. During this time, for one video or picture, he sees how many comments he can "post" about it, acting as if he were commenting on a video sharing site such as YouTube, stating he gives himself "20 seconds". He noted, however, in the second season, that the "20 seconds on the clock ... ends when I run out of jokes".[11] The last video in this section will go into a "Video Breakdown" segment, where Tosh discusses various elements of said video, pausing several times to comment. In every episode to date, Daniel Tosh has concluded this segment by thanking the recorder for making the footage publicly available, specifically saying, "and for that, we thank you." Tosh will also perform short sketches either relating to some of the clips or directly parodying them.

Most episodes feature a "Web Redemption", where Tosh invites a person or group that has a video on the Internet to be on the show. Usually, the video features the person in an embarrassing situation. They are invited to explain their video, interact with Tosh, and recreate the video. During the recreation, the guests will try to place themselves in a more positive light and Tosh attempts the opposite for himself. In one of the web redemptions, Tosh pretends to spend days trapped in an elevator with Nick White, whose 41 hours trapped in a New York elevator were chronicled by The New Yorker and posted on YouTube in 2008.[12] Besides the Web Redemption, there has also been a "Web Reunion", in which a group that Tosh has enjoyed is invited to perform again for the show, a "Web Remix", in which a music artist is invited to remix a song they wrote, and a "Web Investigation", in which Tosh investigates a confusing video by interviewing the subject of the video. One episode had a "Web Retreat" where he went hiking with Paul Vasquez from the viral video Double Rainbow.[13] During season 5, a number of episodes featured a "CeWEBrity Profile" instead of the usual "Web Redemption" due to the subjects being known on the internet for being personalities or performers of some kind.

Other recurring segments include a segment "Is it Racist?", where Tosh invites people to vote on any racial stereotypes presented in a video. There is also a "Viewer Video of the Week", where viewers of the show can submit their own movies to be shown on the air. The rest of the content in an episode varies, whether it is a video presented by a celebrity guest, a random video that is presented as a weekly video despite it being the only one ("Topless Pogo Stunt of the Week", "Pedophile of the Week", etc.), or Tosh attempting to recreate a video. Another occasional segment is "Spoiler Alert" featuring Tosh performing a humorous rundown of an unusual movie, an edited version of the segment appears on the show while the longer uncut version is posted to the website; films featured in the segment have been Orphan, Tiptoes, and The Human Centipede, the last of which is currently the most popular video on the Tosh.0 website.

Another recurring bit involves Tosh's wardrobe. At the beginning of each new batch of episodes/new season, he reveals what he will be wearing for those episodes. Choices so far include hoodies and cardigans (Season 1), casual jackets and deep v-necks (Season 2), collared shirts, exposed arms and collegiate apparel (Season 3), high fashion, sneakers, overly priced concert t-shirts with stubble (Season 4), cashmere and subtle differences (Season 5), and outfits that Brad Pitt wore in his movies (Season 6).

In each episode, just before the final commercial break, Tosh references a different canceled Comedy Central show; for example, "We'll be right back with more Shorties Watchin' Shorties." During episode 24 of season 5, Tosh announced that he had run out of cancelled shows and would start throwing to the final break with an out-of-context line that was cut from a previous episode.

During the live broadcasts of his show, Daniel Tosh invites viewers on the East Coast to join him in "live tweeting" when he chats with fans via his Twitter account.[14]

During one period of the fourth season, at the end of each episode, an audience member stands up and shouts something at Tosh just before the credits roll; for example, a man stood up and shouted "You suck!" and pelted Tosh with tomatoes.

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1
1 16 June 4, 2009 (2009-06-04) November 12, 2009 (2009-11-12) June 12, 2012
2 25 January 13, 2010 (2010-01-13) September 29, 2010 (2010-09-29) December 21, 2012
3 30 January 11, 2011 (2011-01-11) November 15, 2011 (2011-11-15) N/A
4 30 January 31, 2012 (2012-01-31) December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04) N/A
5 30 February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05) December 10, 2013 (2013-12-10) N/A
6 30[15] February 18, 2014 (2014-02-18)[15] TBA TBA

Home video

DVD name Ep # Release date Special Features Notes
Vol. 1: Hoodies 10 June 12, 2012 11 Extended Clips. Includes the first 10 episodes of season 1 on 2 discs.
Vol. 2: Deep V's 16 December 21, 2012 Extended Redemption Interviews; "If Daniel Fought Celebrities"-Extended; The Uncut 24-minute Human Centipede Spoiler. Includes the last 16 episodes of season 2 on 3 discs.
Vol. 3: Cardigans Plus Casual Jackets 15 June 11, 2013 15 Extended Clips, The Uncut Orphan Spoiler, Interviews with Crew Members. Includes the last 6 episodes of season 1 and the first 9 episodes of season 2 on 3 discs.
Vol. 4: Collas & Exposed Arms 21 Unknown 2014 Unknown Special Features Includes the first 21 episodes of season 3.

On June 12, 2012, Tosh.0: Hoodies was released on DVD and Blu-ray containing the first 10 episodes of Tosh.0 season one. Another DVD and Blu-ray release entitled Tosh.0: Deep V's was released on December 21, 2012.[16] Additionally, the entire series is available for digital download via the iTunes Store with new episodes available after each air date.

References

  1. ^ "Comedy Central Greenlights 'Tosh.0'". Allyourtv.com. Retrieved March 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Comedy Central logs on for more "Tosh.0"". Reuters. August 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ Seidman, Robert. "Tosh.0 Receives Order for Additional Episodes", TV By the Numbers; 12 August 2009
  4. ^ "Comedy Central gives Daniel Tosh a second season of 'Tosh.O,'". Snierson, Dan (EW.com). Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Breaking: Tosh.0 Renewed for Third Season". Comedy Central Insider. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "New Episodes of Tosh.0 Start Tuesday, January 11 – Tosh.0 – Video Clip". Comedy Central. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Comedy Central's TOSH.O Pulls Record Ratings". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ Szalai, Georg (July 30, 2010). "Comedy Central's Tosh.0 hits series high". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 31, 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ Chitwood, Adam (September 19, 2012). "Comedy Central Renews TOSH.0 for 30-Episode Fifth Season". Collider.com. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ "‘Tosh.0′ Renewed for Three Seasons by Comedy Central". Variety. December 10, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tosh.0 Season 2 – Episode 5: "The Average Homeboy" transcript". LiveDash.com. April 20, 2010. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ For comic, videos hurt so good,
  13. ^ "Tosh.0 Season 2 – Episode 22: "Double Rainbow Guy (Retreat)" transcript". LiveDash.com. September 8, 2010. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ "daniel tosh (danieltosh) on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (December 10, 2013). "Comedy Central’s ‘Tosh.0′ Gets Three-Year Renewal". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  16. ^ Seller, Ryan (October 17, 2012). "Tosh.O: Deep V's Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 

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