|Created by||Curtis Gadson|
|Starring||See hosts section below|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||Original series: 45–48 minutes|
Revived series: 30 minutes
|Original release||September 14, 1992 – December 17, 2008|
Revived series (2014):
May 6, 2014 – present
ComicView is an American stand-up comedy show that aired on BET on Tuesdays and Fridays from September 1992 to December 2008. In May 2014, BET announced the return of ComicView. The show has been the launching pad for such comedians as Dante, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Sommore, and Rodney Perry.
In the show's later years, the show moved to different cities, such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami and New Orleans. The episodes aired during the 2005-2006 season were filmed in New Orleans less than a month before Hurricane Katrina. Before the show aired, a message dedicated the show to the citizens of New Orleans. Another incarnation entitled ComicView: One Mic Stand began in September 2008 with actor Kevin Hart as the host. Its recent incarnation was renamed back to ComicView which began in May 2014 with comedian Sommore returning as the new host. Dante won more ComicView awards than any other comedian in history.
- D.L. Hughley (1992-1993)
- Cedric the Entertainer (1993-1994)
- Sommore (1994-1995; 2014–present)
- Don "D.C." Curry (1995-1996; 2013)
- Montana Taylor
- Gary Owen (1998-1999)
- Lester Barrie (1999-2000)
- Rickey Smiley (2000-2001)
- Bruce Bruce (New Orleans 10th Anniversary Party Gras, 2000-2002)
- Arnez J (Caliente, 2002-2003)
- J. Anthony Brown (2003-2004)
- Sheryl Underwood (2005-2006)
- Kevin Hart (One Mic Stand, 2008)
References in pop culture
- The program was mentioned by Cam'Ron in his song "Tomorrow" ("Clowns, they belong on ComicView ")
- The program was also mentioned on the 11th episode of the first season of Chappelle's Show. An aged Asian man tells Dave Chappelle his camera will show him things some "would pay not to see." Dave responds, in kind, by asking "Oh snap, it gets ComicView?"
- The program was mentioned by Nas in his song "2nd Childhood" off of his Stillmatic album. ("He break his mom's furniture, watching ComicView ").
- The program was mentioned by Timbo King in a song by Bronze Nazareth called "More Than Gold" off of Bronze's The Great Migration album. ("You ain't nice as hell, you a ComicView rapper you should write for Chappelle ").