Comedy Central has become one of the most popular comedy channels (and channels in general) of all time. However, despite its continued presence in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you definitely (probably) didn’t know about Comedy Central. Check it out for yourself below!
Number Fifteen: Comedy Central Debuted the First All-LGBT Comedy Special
The channel debuted “Out There” on National Coming Out Day in 1993. The special was the very first all-gay and lesbian comedy special ever.
Number Fourteen: It Got Its First Peabody Award for ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’
The cult hit Mystery Science Theater 3000 won CC’s very first Peabody award in 1994. The award was for outstanding achievement in cable and broadcasting.
Number Thirteen: Its First Half-Hour Animated Series Debuted in 1995
And it wasn’t South Park! The series was called Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist and debuted on May 28, 1995. South Park didn’t debut until 1997.
Number Twelve: ‘Upright Citizens Brigade’ Made History in 1998
The sketch series was the first of its kind and starred Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, and Matt Besser. It debuted in August of 1998.
Number Eleven: It’s Responsible for the First Live-Action Narrative Series
Can you guess what that series was? Strangers With Candy, starring Amy Sedaris and Stephen Colbert, debuted in 1999.
Number Ten: It Taped on the Road for the First Time in 2000
In 2000, the channel aired coverage of Indecision 2000 for a week while on the road. Indecision 2000 was linked to The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and involved taping footage and coverage of the Republican National Convention.
Number Nine: It Created the Celebrity ‘Roast’ in 2003
It’s true! The channel created the concept of the celebrity roast in 2003.
Number Eight: It Featured Michelle Obama’s First Appearance on Late-Night TV
Michelle Obama appeared on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report in April of 2008. It was her very first appearance on late-night television.
Number Seven: They Worked With Octavia Spencer Before She Had an Oscar
In 2007, Spencer starred in CC’s Halfway Home. The series was an improvised show that involved ex-cons living together in a rehab joint.
Number Six: The Original ‘South Park’ Pilot Featured Cut Paper
The series’ original pilot involved all of the characters being constructed out of cut paper. The pilot was made using stop-motion technology.
Number Five: It Airs in 27 Areas Around the World
Comedy Central currently airs in 27 countries and territories and has been globally expanding since 2006. Some of the interesting countries it airs in are Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, and Macedonia.
Number Four: Some of Its Series Hold World Records
One such series is South Park. The series holds the Guinness World Record for being the animated series with the most swearing.
Number Three: It Wasn’t Always Comedy Central
In fact, the channel started out as “The Comedy Channel.” It was the very first channel that devoted itself exclusively to comedy programs.
Number Two: It Airs the Least-Censored Version of a Popular Movie
Not Another Teen Movie is a popular parody film made in 2001. The channel is responsible for airing the most uncensored version of the film.
Number One: Almost Every American Household With Television Has Access to Comedy Central
It truly is one of the most ubiquitous channels. As of February 2015, over 80 percent of all American households with television have access to or receive Comedy Central. Thanks for reading!