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Topic: Comedy Central

Colbert Skewers Guest-Stealing VMAs and MTV's Van Toffler in Sponsored Segment—UPDATED

'A crushing disappointment brought to you by Hyundai'

Stephen Colbert does some of the smartest media criticism on television, but it's never better than when it's directed at his employers. Colbert has made something of a cottage industry out…

Viacom's Upfront Dollars and FY Q3 Ad Revenue Are Up

Pushing affiliate fees as a main source of growth

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman told investors on today's third-quarter earnings call that the company's TV division managed to secure mid-single-digit volume increases at its adult television networks division during this year's…

The Perfect Ad for Anyone Who's Ever Wanted to See James Franco Get Punched in the Face

Comedy Central obliges

Are you so tired of James Franco's artsy Instagram pictures, his smirking superiority, his pretentious poetry, his cornrow-sporting Spring Breakers white gangsta, his incessant everywhere-ness—so much so that you could…

Historical Images Get a Little Tipsy in Ads for Comedy Central's Drunk History

Washington kegging the Delaware

High school would've been so much more bearable if we'd had a tipsy teacher spouting U.S. history, pausing during key Watergate moments not for dramatic effect but just long enough…

Daily Show's Jason Jones Doesn't Follow Grandma on Foursquare

He brings the funny in new Holiday Inn Express campaign

Holiday Inn Express today launched a social media-heavy campaign that's anchored by the witticisms of comedic actor and Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones. While the 40-year-old has appeared in commercials…

Yes, Futurama Is Really Cancelled

Showrunner David X. Cohen talks about it

Showrunner David X. Cohen has seen his and creator Matt Groening’s series Futurama through seven seasons—and 14 years of cancelations, syndicated success, direct-to-DVD resurrection, provisional renewal and, finally, a new…

Viacom Finishes Major Upfront Biz

Network group goes for volume over pricing again

Viacom has inked the last of its major upfront deals, pulling in increases of between 2 percent and 7 percent—two among clients who opted to increase volume 10 percent or…

Comedy Troupe Prepares to Improvise Three-Minute Ad on Live TV

What could go wrong?

Forgetting that a lot of improv comedy stinks, ad agency 18 Feet & Rising is partnering with British improv troupe Mischief Theatre to produce a live ad that will air…

Michael Shannon Finds Television 'Tremendously Uninteresting'

Prefers a Discman

Specs Who Michael Shannon Age 38 Accomplishments Stars on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire; currently appearing in films Mud and The Iceman; plays Superman nemesis General Zod in Man of Steel (in theaters June 14); member…

Comedy Central Brings Live Stand-Up to Your Phone

Symbiotic relationship with Web video

This June, stand-up comedy is coming to your cellphone. And your iPad. And your connected TV. And your computer. It’s all part of Comedy Central’s CC: Stand-Up app, a sort…

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