• Crank Yankers revived at Comedy Central; The Other Two renewed

    Jimmy KimmelComedy Central announced Monday night that it will revive Crank Yankers with 20 all-new episodes. Crank Yankers ran from 2002-2007 on Comedy Central starring profane puppets making prank calls. The cable network also announced a full slate of projects for 2019.

    In the revival, the titular Crank Yankers will target people not just on phones, but on social media, e-sport platforms, and “any venue where trouble can be made,” according to a press release. The new version is from Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, and Daniel Kellison, and will be Kimmel’s first project for his new production banner, Kimmelot. He will serve as showrunner and executive producer.

    Jimmy Kimmel updates Crank Yankers pranks for social media generation

    “Crank Yankers has always been my favorite show to make. Nothing is more fun or makes me laugh harder than a great crank call and I am thrilled that Comedy Central asked us to do it again,” said Kimmel. “At this time, I would like to ask all Americans to disable their caller ID. Thank you.”

    Kimmel is well-known for epic pranks on his ABC late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! Every year, he makes headlines making children cry by encouraging parents nationwide to pretend to eat all the trick or treat candy and record their kids’ reactions (it’s schadenfreude at its best).

    The Other Two gets renewed; South Side has a trailer

    Comedy Central renewed The Other Two, a scripted 30-minute comedy from ex-Saturday Night Live head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider. The showbiz satire starring Drew Tarver and Heléne York focuses on two struggling siblings trying to make it in their respective professions when their 13-year-old brother becomes famous overnight. The show has only been on the air a few weeks—it debuted on January 24—but critics love it so far. Rotten Tomatoes already certified it ‘fresh’ with a 92% score.

    Comedy Central also dropped a trailer for their newest offering, South Side. South Side features an ensemble cast that works together at a rental retail outfit in Chicago. Naturally, the show’s heroes want more out of life. With local Chicagoans behind and in front of the camera, South Side means to offer “an authentic portrayal at what life on the South Side is all about,” according the network’s release. Lil Rel Howery, Nathaniel “Earthquake” Stroman, Jeff Tweedy, LisaRaye McCoy, Kel Mitchell, and Ed Lover star.

    Comedy Central announces development slate

    Additionally, Comedy Central is developing How to Be A Couple, a scripted comedy based on the real lives of Broad City writers Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Bechman. It’s also working on a comedy called The Chameleon, featuring Matteo Lane as a talented entertainer whom the government taps as its newest, most fabulous spy. A series based on Samantha Irby’s book Meaty is in the works.

    Aside from the Crank Yankers revival, the most shocking news from Monday night’s announcement is a new late night series hosted by…David Spade? Comedy Central hopes you’re excited by the selection because we’re still not sure if this is just a really elaborate Crank Yankers prank.

    Helen Lee

    Helen Lee is a writer and editor based in the Chicago suburbs. She loves comedy because comedians know how to tell such great stories. Follow her on Twitter at @hellonw.

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