The Comedy Network

The Comedy Network
The Comedy Network.svg
LaunchedOctober 17, 1997; 20 years ago (1997-10-17)
Owned byBell Media
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s)Comedy Gold
Timeshift serviceComedy East
Comedy West
Bell TV625 (East; SD)
626 (West; SD)
1740 (East; HD)
Shaw Direct547 (West; SD)
548 (East; SD)
85 / 585 (East; HD)
Available on most Canadian cable systemsCheck local listings, channels may vary
Bell Aliant Fibe TV208 (East; SD)
431 (East; HD)
Bell Fibe TV625 (East; SD)
626 (West; SD)
1625 (East; HD)
1626 (West; HD)
Bell MTS115 (East; SD)
116 (West; SD)
Optik TV173 (West; SD)
710 (East; HD)
SaskTel74 (West; SD)
374 (East; HD)
VMedia50 (East; HD)
Zazeen110 (East; HD)

The Comedy Network (often shortened to Comedy) is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel that is owned by Bell Media. The channel specializes in comedy programming, including original and acquired series, films and stand-up comedy specials. The Comedy Network operates two time-shifted feeds, running on Eastern and Pacific Time Zone schedules.


In September 1996, 1155636 Ontario Inc. (a company majority controlled by Baton Broadcasting, with the remaining interests held by Shaw Cable, Astral Broadcasting and Les Films Rozon inc.) was granted a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for The Comedy Network.[1] The channel launched on October 17, 1997[2] with the slogan Time Well Wasted, a variation of the U.S.-based channel A&E's slogan at the time, "Time Well Spent".

Original logo, used from October 17, 1997 to November 1, 2011

Through various acquisitions over the years, Shaw, Astral and Les Films Rozon sold their interest in the service to Baton, which became Bell Globemedia in 2001, renamed CTVglobemedia in 2007, and renamed again as Bell Media in 2011, following its acquisition by Bell Canada. Until then, and since its incarnation in 1997, The Comedy Network maintained a consistent look; The 'yellow oval' logo (which has undergone slight modifications throughout its use). On November 1, 2011, The Comedy Network was relaunched with a new look, consisting a new simplified logo and revamped on-air presentation. Their longtime slogan was also retired on this date.[3]

In August 2013, the CRTC denied an amendment to The Comedy Network's license, which would have reduced the amount of Canadian-produced content the network would have been required to air monthly, increase the amount of animated programming it could air from 10% of its lineup per day to 20% per month, and allow it to air films that were not Canadian-made. Bell argued that the network was at a disadvantage against BiteTV, as it could air non-Canadian films, and Teletoon, which aired a late-night block of adult animation, and because Comedy was unable to give its animated acquisitions a larger amount of exposure (such as marathons) due to the restriction. The CRTC rejected its arguments in response to complaints by the two networks cited and other unions, due to their differing natures of service and because Bell's proposed changes were intended primarily to decrease the amount of Canadian content it airs in favor of more U.S.-originated programming.[4][5] Subsequently, a number of Comedy Network programs, including Conan, South Park, and others, were moved to sister channel Much in the fall of 2013.[6]

On June 7, 2018 during the CTV upfronts, it was announced that The Comedy Network would be re-branded as CTV Comedy, as part of a re-branding of several Bell Media specialty channels under the CTV name.[7]

Other Languages
português: The Comedy Network