Comedy Central (India)

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Comedy Central
Comedy Central 2011 Logo.svg
Launched 23 January 2012
Owned by Viacom 18
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Your #HappyPlace
Country India
Language English
Broadcast area India, Nepal
Headquarters CST No.461/462, Subhash road, Vile Parle (East), Mumbai[1]
Sister channel(s) MTV
Airtel Digital TV Channel 175 (SD)
Channel 176 (HD)
Dish TV Channel 514 (SD)
Channel 513 (HD)
Tata Sky

Channel 230 (SD)

Channel 229(HD)
Sun Direct Channel 465 (SD)
Videocon d2h Channel 185 (SD)
Dish Home Nepal Channel 408 (SD)
Channel 966 (HD)
Asianet digital Channel 471 (SD)
Channel 861 (HD)
DEN Channel 657
Space Time Network, Nepal Channel 506
Available on most cable providers Check local listings

Comedy Central in India is a localised version of Comedy Central which first began in the United States in the 1990s and in India on 23 January 2012. The channel's programming concentrates solely on comedy.[2] The English language comedy content programming with the options of the audio language feeds on direct-to-home (DTH). The channel airs a variety of comedy styles, including sitcoms, reality, classics and candid-camera.

The channel is owned by Viacom 18, a 50:50 joint venture between Viacom Inc. and Network18. It is available in over 20 million households across the country and across analogue, digital cable & DTH.[3] The group also went on to organise a live event featuring English comedian Russell Brand who performed at this three-city tour which included New Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai. The event was organised by Comedy Central India in association with Viacom 18 and Meraevents.[4]

Programme schedule[edit]

The list of programs on Comedy Central India:[5]

Current Programming[edit]

TV Series Season (s) Days Time Slot
Wipeout Season 1 - 7 Monday - Friday 4:00 PM
Friends Seasons 1 - 10 7:00 PM
Penn & Teller: Fool Us Seasons 1 - 6 8:00 PM
Undateable Seasons 1 - 3 9:00 PM
About a Boy Seasons 1 - 2 9:30 PM
Impastor Season 2 10:00 PM
Blunt Talk Season 2 10:30 PM
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Seasons 1 - 4 11:00 PM
Suits Season 6 Saturday 7:00 PM
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 8:00 PM
Dr. Ken Season 2 8:30 PM
Man with a Plan Season 1 9:00 PM
The Great Indoors Season 1 9:30 PM
The Graham Norton Show Season 21 10:00 PM

Upcoming Series[edit]

TV Series Season (s) Airing Details Time Slot
Whitney[6] Season 1 - 2 Starts Tuesday, 18 April 2017 9:00 PM
Sirens[7] Season 1 - 2 Starts Thursday, 13 April 2017 9:30 PM
Wrecked[8] Season 1 Starts Monday, 17 April 2017 10:00 PM
The Graham Norton Show[9] Season 21 Starts Saturday, 15 April 2017 10:00 PM
Suburgatory[10] Season 1 - 3 Starts Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:30 PM

Comedy Central - April 2017 Line-Up[edit]

Comedy Central (India) – "Your #HappyPlace" is all set to roll into the month of April with a new and riotous line-up that will crack you up even more than the April Fools’ Day jokes! With premieres of new shows and seasons, this month will also see a quirky celebration of April fool’s Day.

In addition to its existing line-up of hilarious day & date shows like Man With A Plan and The Great Indoors, the channel will now premiere new seasons of shows such as The Graham Norton Show on Indian Television. Comedy Central will also introduce new shows such as Suburgatory (Season 1 - 3), Sirens (Season 1 - 2), Whitney (Season 1 - 2), Wrecked (Season 1) and Impastor (Season 2) in its programming roster for this month.

Commenting on the new line-up, Hashim D’Souza, Head of Programming English Entertainment, Viacom 18, shared, “We are already three months into the year and it has, so far, been an amazing one! New shows, new seasons, there’s so much happening on the channel. This month is going to be even better because it’s packed with Indian TV premieres. We are extremely thrilled about it and hope that the viewers like it just as much we loved planning it.”[11]

TV Series Season (s)
Suburgatory Season 1 - 3
Wrecked Season 1
Sirens Season 1 - 2
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4
Impastor Season 2
Dr. Ken Season 2
Whitney Season 1 - 2
The Great Indoors New Episodes
Man with a Plan New Episodes
Undateable The Full Package
Impractical Jokers Latest Season
Penn and Teller: Fool Us The Full Package
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon New Episodes
The Graham Norton Show New Season
Friends The Full Package

Former programming[edit]

Broadcast ban[edit]

Comedy Central was prohibited from broadcasting in India for 10 days, from 00:01 hours on 25 May till 00:01 hours on 4 June 2012, after an inter-ministerial committee (IMC) set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting found that two of its shows that aired in 2012, carried "obscene dialogues and vulgar words" that "offend good taste", violating several provisions of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994. The provisions of the law include "no programme should be carried in the cable service which offends against good taste or decency; no programme should be carried which contains anything obscene, defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and half truths". It also states that "no programme should be carried which denigrates women through the depiction in any manner of the figure of woman, her form or body or any part thereof in such a way as to have the effect of being indecent or derogatory to women or is likely to injure the public morality".[13] The incidents in question involved an episode of Stand Up Club where an unnamed stand-up performed an act with "obscene dialogues and vulgar words derogatory to women" aired on 26 May 2012, and an episode of the French hidden camera prank show PopCorn TV aired on 4 July 2012, where one of the crew members was shown standing opposite a wall, in a shop holding a pair of fake legs against his thighs in his hands and making suggestive movements similar to having sex.[14] Comedy Central apologised for the broadcast, blaming it on an "unintentional genuine error".[15]

The ministry's order stated, "The portrayal in the programme did not appear suitable for unrestricted public exhibition and children," the order said, referring to the programme aired on 26 May 2012. It showed a man performing an act of stand-up comedy with "suggestive gestures and gyration. During his performance, the man was shown uttering dialogues denigrating women, indecently and crudely referred to sex organs of men and women and the sing-song rendition by the man sought to pornographically describe the male lust, depicting women as a commodity of sex".[13] The network appealed the ban in the Delhi High Court, but a single judge bench upheld the ban stating that the penalty prohibiting the telecast of the channel for 10 days could not be considered as "excessive, harsh or unreasonable".[13] In its appeal, the company stated, "Prohibition of transmission will cause irreparable loss and damage to the appellant. It will also put an end to the popularity and the viability, commercially or otherwise, of the channel. The right to operate and broadcast television channel is protected under Article 19 of the Constitution. In this view of the matter, the appellants submit that they are entitled to fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution. The manner in which respondent [the Centre] has interpreted the policies and imposed penalty in complete violation of the fundamental rights of the appellant is not only anachronistic to the constitutional value of liberal democracy but also inconsistent with prevailing practices worldwide".[14] However, on 28 May 2013, a division bench of the Court, comprising Chief Justice D. Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath, stayed the ministry's decision. The court stated, "The order directing prohibition of the transmission and re-transmission of the channel is stayed till further orders".

Viewers were presented with a simple black screen for the duration of the ban. The ministry's decision to directly issue a show-cause notice and, later, order a blackout raised serious concern in the Indian broadcasting industry.[16] Most reactions on social media saw the government's move as "extreme and draconian".[17] Critics felt that the government had used the vague framing of the Constitution to censor Internet material, threatening India's democratic traditions.[18]

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  12. ^ "Get ready for a primetime filled with laughter this August only on Comedy Central". 30 July 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c "Delhi HC upholds ban on Comedy Central". 25 May 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "HC stays 10-day ban on Comedy Central's transmission". PTI. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Uh Oh! US Network Comedy Central 'Temporarily Shut Down in India After Broadcasting Obscene Jokes'". Entertainmentwise. 26 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Not funny: Comedy Central channel banned for 10 days for offending good taste". India Today. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  17. ^ Prashant Jha (26 May 2013). "Comedy Central banned for 10 days". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Indian Court Lifts Ban on Comedy Central". 28 May 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 

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