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:
"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
"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.
"Atom TV" -- Series Premiere
Premieres Monday, June 2 at 2:00 a.m.
Atom TV brings together the best online Webisodes from Atom.com 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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"The Daily Show: Indecision '08"
Republican National Convention Coverage Airs Tuesday, September 2 --
Friday, September 5 at 11:00 p.m.
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