COMEDY CENTRAL(R) Heats Things Up This Summer With All-New Series and Specials as Well as Returning Favorites

New Original Series Include "The Gong Show With Dave Attell," "Reality

Bites Back" And "Atom TV"

Returning Favorites Include "Mind of Mencia," "Lewis Black's Root of All

Evil," "RENO 911!" And "Live At Gotham"

"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" Continues Its Award-Winning "Indecision"

Coverage And Hits The Road To Tape At The Democratic And Republican

National Conventions

"South Park's" "Imaginationland" Trilogy To Air For The First Time On

Network Television As A Feature-Length Movie Complete With Previously

Unaired Footage

All-New One-Hour, Stand-Up Specials From Carlos Mencia And Gerry Dee

May 14, 2008, 01:00 ET from COMEDY CENTRAL

    NEW YORK, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- COMEDY CENTRAL fans get ready! Summer
 2008 will be chock full of brand spanking new comedy. From new and
 returning series ("Reality Bites Back," "The Gong Show with Dave Attell,"
 "Atom TV," "Mind of Mencia," "RENO 911!," "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil,"
 "Live at Gotham") to new specials ("Carlos Mencia* *Performance Enhanced,"
 "Gerry Dee: No Reading Ahead") and special events including "The Daily Show
 with Jon Stewart" at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and
 the "South Park" "Imaginationland" trilogy airing for the first time on
 network television as a feature-length movie complete with previously
 unaired footage, COMEDY CENTRAL is the best place to tune in and cool down
 in the months to come.
     The following are descriptions of new series, new specials and
 returning series premiering in Summer of 2008:
     MAY 2008
     "Carlos Mencia* *Performance Enhanced" -- COMEDY CENTRAL Original
 Stand-up Special Premiere
     Premieres Sunday, May 18 at 9:00 p.m.
     Filmed in front of a sold-out, packed house at the Hard Rock Hotel in
 Hollywood, Florida, Carlos Mencia returns for an all-new, one-hour COMEDY
 CENTRAL Original Stand-up Special, with a take-no-prisoners attitude on
 politics, race and culture. Mencia riffs on his trip to the Middle East,
 his thoughts on the perfect modern day superhero and how vegetarians are
 annoying hypocrites.
     "Mind of Mencia" -- Fourth Season Premiere
     Premieres Wednesday, May 21 at 10:30 p.m.
     Shot in studio and on location, "Mind of Mencia" is based on Mencia's
 unique point of view of the world. The fourth season takes on such topics
 as the election, the recession and the war, as well as other controversial
 issues and puts them through Mencia's filter to make them funny and
 relevant via monologues, man-on-the-street interviews and interaction with
 the studio audience. Mencia is not afraid to say, in his unique and
 brutally honest tone, what people are thinking. The new episodes also
 introduce a recurring animated segment depicting true stories from Mencia's
     "RENO 911!" -- All-New Episodes
     Premieres Thursday, May 22 at 10:30 p.m.
     The Reno County Sheriff's Department is tuning up their cruisers and
 calling it in with eight new episodes of "RENO 911!" In the debut episode
 of the all-new run, the deputies reach out to Jackie, the pickle-throwing
 hooker, now facing a life-threatening disease. Future episodes feature the
 Reno cops training a squad of policemen from Baghdad, hiring a Hollywood
 acting coach to teach them how to go undercover and Lt. Wiegel's estranged
 father returning from prison and partying at strip clubs with her
 co-workers. The new episodes include guest appearances by Patton Oswalt,
 Nick Swardson and Ron White.
     JUNE 2008
     "Atom TV" -- Series Premiere
     Premieres Monday, June 2 at 2:00 a.m.
     Atom TV brings together the best online Webisodes from and
 puts them smack-dab on viewers' TV screens. COMEDY CENTRAL couldn't let
 these gems stay just on the Web. Viewers can check out a side-splitting
 smattering of the hottest online offerings every week from the comfort of
 their couch.
     "Live at Gotham" -- Third Season Premiere
     Premieres Friday, June 6 at 10:00 p.m.
     The signal is out, but don't expect any caped crusaders to be answering
 this call. COMEDY CENTRAL is returning to Gotham every Friday night with
 enough funny power to make even the Boy Wonder scream "Holy Fart Joke,
 Batman!" Each hour-long episode of this COMEDY CENTRAL original series will
 showcase six rising comedians at New York's famed Gotham Comedy Club. The
 line-up of weekly hilarious hosts for the third season of "Live at Gotham"
 include Jeff Dunham, Jim Norton, Rich Vos, Ralphie May, Tommy Davidson,
 Kevin Hart, D.L. Hughley and Daniel Tosh.
     "Gerry Dee: No Reading Ahead" -- World Premiere Stand-up Special
     Premieres Saturday, June 7 at 11:00 p.m.
     Gerry Dee takes aim at overachievers everywhere in this hour of
 stand-up. From childhood and beyond, this comedian has been leading the
 charge against those caught reading ahead. Find out how he crushed the
 dreams of his first grade students in the classroom and on the dodgeball
 court and his experiences crossing state borders with his Scottish dad. Dee
 also shares the differences between men and women on their nights out on
 the town and how, with tape and a little bit of imagination, any pair of
 boys can make the letter H.
     JULY 2008
     "Reality Bites Back" -- Series Premiere
     Premieres Thursday, July 17 at 10:00 p.m.
     Tired of overdosing on reality TV? The prescription is "Reality Bites
 Back," hosted by comedian Michael Ian Black. An "uber-spoof" on reality,
 "Reality Bites Back" is a real competition where ten comedians are pitted
 against one another in episodic parodies of the popular network reality
 shows. Episodes include "Shock of Love," "The Biggest Chubby,"
 "Almost-American Gladiators," "So You Think You Can Dive?," "Hunting with
 the Stars" and "The Amazing Disgrace."
     "The Gong Show with Dave Attell" -- Series Premiere
     Premieres Thursday, July 17 at 10:30 p.m.
     COMEDY CENTRAL's bringing back a classic series with a twist! Fan
 favorite Dave Attell ("Insomniac with Dave Attell") is back and hosting
 "The Gong Show with Dave Attell." Executive Produced by Happy Madison
 Productions and Andrew Golder ("Identity" and "Win Ben Stein's Money") in
 association with Sony Pictures Television, "The Gong Show with Dave Attell"
 will consist of eight to ten off-beat and hilarious acts that will be
 judged by a revolving panel of three celebrity judges.
     "Reel Comedy: Step Brothers" -- All-New Episode
     Premieres Monday, July 21 at midnight
     Forget "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," because 2008 is the Year of the
 40-Year- Old Slacker. Two 40-year-old slackers, to be exact. Will Ferrell
 and John C. Reilly attempt to avoid adulthood for as long as their parents
 will let them in the new film "Step Brothers." At midnight, take a sneak
 peek at the latest comedy from the dudes who brought the world "Anchorman"
 and "Talladega Nights," then be sure to catch the film in theaters when it
 premieres on July 25.
     "South Park" "Imaginationland: The Movie" -- Network Television
     Premieres Sunday, July 27 at 10:00 p.m.
     "South Park" took the world by storm last fall with its historic
 "Imaginationland" trilogy. Now, imagine the unimaginable as, for the first
 time on network television, the trilogy will be aired as a feature-length,
 director's cut film, complete with previously unaired footage created
 especially for the movie. Watch Stan and Kyle try to stop the United States
 Army from nuking Imaginationland while Butters leads the resistance from
 inside everyone's wildest dreams. Meanwhile, a wronged Cartman is out to
 get Kyle down on his knees to pay his dues. Join Kyle, Stan, Cartman,
 Butters, Al Gore and Mel Gibson as they follow the terrorists to the gates
 of hell and make the world safe for everyone's imagination! Watch the
 trailer for the film here: "South Park Imaginationland." (Please copy/paste
 the following URL into your web browser)
     "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" -- Second Season Premiere
     Premieres Wednesday, July 30 at 10:30 p.m.
     So much evil, so little time. During the first season of "Lewis Black's
 Root of All Evil," Lewis Black and his comedic compadres took on everyday
 evils from beer and weed to Tila Tequila, but, with so many evils to choose
 from, they had to come back for more! Each week, comedians such as Paul F.
 Tompkins and Greg Giraldo will debate more of the iniquities dragging
 America down, with Lewis Black as judge and jury, handing down the final
 verdict. He might not be able to give "American Idol" any jail time, but at
 least viewers will be laughing along the way.
     AUGUST 2008
     "Jimmy Dore: Citizen Jimmy" -- Network Television Premiere Stand-up
     Premieres Friday, August 1 at 11:00 p.m.
     Orson Welles had his masterpiece and Jimmy Dore has his. "Citizen
 Jimmy" is a new, one-hour stand-up special from the weed-philosophizing
 political commentator Jimmy Dore. Join Jimmy as he gives the real reason
 the Clinton sex scandal upset the American public, describes why watching
 Christian talk shows is dangerous when you're high and explains the
 paranoia surrounding the Gap. Plus, Jimmy finds a way to make Al-Qaeda less
 scary by naming a fruity vodka drink after them.
     "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision '08"
     Democratic National Convention Coverage Airs Tuesday, August 26 --
 Friday, August 29 at 11:00 p.m.
     Continuing a longstanding tradition that dates back to 2000, Jon
 Stewart and "The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever!" will be back on the
 political trail for the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions
 with the Emmy(R) and Peabody(R) Award-winning "The Daily Show with Jon
 Stewart" broadcasting a week of shows from both Denver, CO and St. Paul, MN
 as part of its ongoing "Indecision 2008" coverage of the race for the White
 House. "The Daily Show's" coverage of the DNC will be taped at The Byron
 Theatre in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at The University of
 Denver and will air from August 26-29. The show will then head straight to
 the RNC in Minneapolis/St. Paul and will tape the show at The History
 Theatre at McNally Smith College of Music with shows from September 2-5.
     SEPTEMBER 2008
     "The Daily Show: Indecision '08"
     Republican National Convention Coverage Airs Tuesday, September 2 --
 Friday, September 5 at 11:00 p.m.
     (see above)
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