• Comedy Central prioritizes original web series with new YouTube channel

    Comedy Central expanded its commitment to original digital programming this week. The network dropped a teaser video on Wednesday to announce the new Comedy Central Originals YouTube channel.

    The new YouTube channel is a “one-stop shop” for Comedy Central’s original digital content. It also aims to showcase emerging talent that has not yet made it onto the network. Comedy Central Originals will offer fans new and returning digital series, social content, and more. Comedy Central will debut five new series on the channel over the next few weeks.

    Comedy Central Originals New Series

    wellRED Comedy

    Millennials from the South perform sketches on Southern life and parodies of small-town USA. (debuts March 1)

    Comedians Solve World Problems

    Comics get together to try to solve major global issues. The show was originally created by Comedy Central UK. New versions will be created for the US as well as nine additional versions on international Comedy Central digital platforms. (debuts March 11)

    Shane Torres Conquers Your Fears

    Comic Shane Torres helps his comic friends deal with their fears through immersion-therapy. Season One includes Molly Austin meeting a python, Petey DeAbreu handling a baby hedgehog, and Casey James Salengo facing the Gauntlet of Rejection. (debuts March 15)

    UNSEND

    Comics Joel Kim Booster and Patti Harrison host this series about the best and worst of the internet. Paul Scheer produces. (debuts March 19)

    My Least Favorite Thing

    Comic Zack Bornstein travels to meet a celebrity as they prepare to do the one thing they that hate doing more than all other things. (debuts April 5)

    Comedy Central Originals will also help consolidate returning digital series in a central place. Eight Comedy Centrals web series will return and four new series are currently in development.

    Comedy Central Originals Returning Series

    After Hours w/ Josh Horowitz

    Josh Horowitz takes celebrities “to places you never dreamed of.” Previous episodes include Liam Hemsworth, Tiffany Haddish, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Anna Kendrick.

    As Seen on CC

    A first-look glimpse into consumer goods of the future, including the ones you did not know you needed and the ones you may want to avoid.

    Dollar Store Therapist

    Connor Ratliff is a low-budget therapist who serves up useless advice from the back of a discount store.

    Mini-Mocks

    Ultra-short length rockumentaries cover topics such as Gummy Animal Breeder and BDSM Food Porn.

    Thank You, Goodnight

    A camera crew follows comics hustling around New York City to perform at multiple shows. Comics featured on the upcoming second season—debuting March 11—include Emmy Blotnick, Tim Dillon, and Nore Davis.

    That’s An App?

    Parody ads for first-world, technological solutions. Previous episodes include OkOedipus and SinMo.

    The Foley Artist

    Everyday guy Tim Duffy is featured in this mockumentary series about creating television sound effects—from sexy kisses on The Bachelor to sneaker squeaks during basketball games.

    You Didn’t Wanna Know

    Public Service Announcement parody series with comics explaining things you didn’t want to know. Previous episodes include Bugs In Your Food with Jim Gaffigan and Turtles Have Salmonella with Ben Schwartz.

    Comedy Central Originals In Development

    Agree to Disagree

    Comics debate hot topics such as, “Are tater tots or onion rings better?”

    Mad Memes

    Millennials need to invest in memes because Social Security is bankrupt. This show guides viewers through which memes are excellent investment opportunities and which ones are worthless.

    Sex Fails

    Comics reveal how low they have gone sexually, while animators show us the gory details.

    Tales From the Trip

    Comics reveal their wildest psychedelic drug stories in this animated series.

    Comedy Central is serious about YouTube

    The new YouTube channel will complement the Comedy Central Stand-Up channel, which launched last year. A new stand-up special called Emily Heller: Ice Thickeners will premiere on that channel on March 8. The Emily Heller special will be the channel’s first online-only, original one-hour special.

    The new Originals channel adds to Comedy Central’s YouTube page with 7.5 million subscribers and over 3 billion views as of this writing. The Comedy Central Stand-Up YouTube channel currently has 218,000 subscribers and 381 videos. Comedy Central’s previous digital venture CC:Studios launched in 2013 as an incubator to develop web series in-house. That venture led to several TV series, including This Is Not Happening and Idiotsitter.

    Many TV networks begin shift to streaming

    Comedy Central deepens its roots in digital content as new providers enter the competitive field. In addition to competition from streaming giants Hulu and Netflix, Comedy Central faces impending competition from new platforms such as Snapchat’s Snap Original shows and AT&T’s upcoming streaming service.

    Other networks are rushing to create paid-for subscription services with exclusive digital content. CBS All Access launched in 2014 and is the home of Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot. Disney is also prepping the launch of its own premium content service. With more and more people ditching traditional TV subscriptions, Comedy Central Originals gets proactive about the shift to streaming.

    Additional reporting by Billy Procida.

    Mary Stevens

    Mary Stevens is a stand-up comedy enthusiast. She is a huge fan of live stand-up comedy and produces a show in her backyard in Hermosa Beach, CA. Her show has featured comics from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime and SNL, as well as up-and-coming comics. She is active on Twitter and Instagram @hermosabchmary.

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