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Comedy Central Announces 22 New Projects, Including Show About Jesus

by Audrey Fine, posted May 6th 2010 1:20PM
Comedy CentralOn the heels of the media brouhaha over its censoring 'South Park's' recent "Mohammad" episode (and Jon Stewart's subsequent, um, serenade), Comedy Central is proving that it does have a sense of humor after all.

According to a network press release, the cable network has a whopping 22 projects in various stages of development.

And, not wanting to mess with success, the net will remain true to its predilection for sketch, talk and animated offerings. Highlights of its rather full slate include a new twist on Neil Simon's 'The Odd Couple,' a 'Love Line'-type live sex chat with a comic angle, 'Rich Dicks,' a FunnyorDie-based series about two insufferable creeps on the prowl in L.A. and an animated show about Jesus Christ. (That is not a typo.)

While still in development, 'JC' will focus on Christ's attempt to get out of his father's rather large shadow and live like a regular guy in NYC.

"In general, comedy in its purest form always makes some people uncomfortable," Comedy Central's head of original programming, Kent Alterman, told the Hollywood Reporter. "For me, the guiding principle is finding the strongest comedy voices," he said.

Two pilots, 'Highdeas' wherein a comic addresses questions set forth by seemingly stoned people and the sketch comedy series 'This Show Will Get You High,' a new comedian showcase of sorts, are likely to appeal to Comedy Central's core viewership.

While it's busy working on shiny new shows, the net hasn't forgotten its tried and true fan faves and revealed premiere months for some, including 'Futurama' (June), 'Nick Swardson's Pretend Time' (October) and 'The Onion Sports Network' (January).

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Lynn

Big brave Comedy Central wants to mock christianity and its beliefs but is afraid to say the words muslim or Muhammed. What is actaually funny about the anti-christian attempts to distort christian teachings and beliefs is that usually what is being mocked isn't even real. Often, they mock a parody that was created by someone with a REAL sense of humor or satire. Comedy Central's core audience may be hip but it is also ignorant of almost any knowledge beyond misleading headlines, the soundbites of untruthful politicians, or the latest ramblings of a shallow celebrity. Jesus won't be damaged by their stupid show, but a few idiots will be if they believe they are being shown the truth about christianity.

May 08 2010 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hadez81

if u don't like it change the channel freedom of speech is a right in this country you have the right not to watch so exercise your right and let everyone else judge for themselves

May 08 2010 at 8:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Flash

Be careful Comedy Central because we Christians have run out of cheeks!

May 08 2010 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mac

What they lack in taste they make up for in cowardice.

May 08 2010 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gigi

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There is NO need for a "profile" archives ... and not providing the AOL member with the information that a profile will be created is I believe, a major invasion of privacy and may possibly be illegal.

May 08 2010 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
john

A new show about Jesus. Well, I guess that's okay since they don't have to worry about being beheaded or blown up for making jokes about God and Jesus. It's just that "other peaceful religion" that carries that threat and danger. Nice to see Comedy
Central has their testicles in a box somewhere in Mecca or Medina.

May 08 2010 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

Comedy Central. A " comedy " network, right? That presupposes that humor is involved. Other than the occasional standup routine, their programming has anything but humor. I have yet to see any scheduled show on that network that's the slightest bit funny. Too much of their " humor " involves insult comedy. Having said that, I will no longer watch that net-work. Good luck finding anything to laugh about.

May 08 2010 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Lynn

Big brave Comedy Central wants to mock christianity and its beliefs but is afraid to say the words muslim or Muhammed. What is actaually funny about the anti-christian attempts to distort christian teachings and beliefs is that usually what is being mocked isn't even real. Often, they mock a parody that was created by someone with a REAL sense of humor or satire. Comedy Central's core audience may be hip but it is also ignorant of almost any knowledge beyond misleading headlines, the soundbites of untruthful politicians, or the latest ramblings of a shallow celebrity. Jesus won't be damaged by their stupid show, but a few idiots will be if they believe they are being shown the truth about christianity.

May 08 2010 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Grahm

The worst part is this isn't even their show. They've just blatantly ripped off an existing, animated, online series called "JFC"

http://jfcshow.com
http://youtube.com/user/jfenc

The premise is identical, and Comedy Central has clearly just plagiarized them in the hopes that no one will notice.

May 06 2010 at 10:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
butchshaw

Sense of humor maybe. Balls? No.

May 06 2010 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gordonfan

Unbelievable. I AM a Christian, and I cannot believe that, in my lifetime, it has become the "IN" thing to bash Christians. It is not funny to mock Jesus Christ. It is NOT funny to mock God. I believe that MY God is the one true God. I would never mock or insult Him. Everyone likes to laugh. It is beyond disturbing that Hollywood has the opinion that making fun of Christianity is the only way to get a laugh.. Hey, here's an idea--take cues from Sinbad and Will Smith. Very funny comedians, yet they do not have to ridicule others or their beliefs to get a laugh.

May 06 2010 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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