‘The Half-Hour’ premieres Friday on Comedy Central with Rory Scovel, Michael Palascak (Videos)

One of the reasons I became obsessed with stand-up comedy was Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Central’s long-running series of 30-minute stand-up specials, which shined a light on great up and coming comedians. I even made my own “mixtape” of sorts, where one VHS tape housed CCPs from Greg Giraldo, Nick Swardson, Mitch Hedberg, Zach Galifianakis and more. Don’t make fun. This was long before these things were available on iTunes.

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Joe Mande, Garfunkel & Oates and more will tape half hour specials for Comedy Central

The Comedy Central Presents half-hour special was a staple goal for many stand-up comedians. It helped bring now popular comedians, such as Dane Cook, Jim Gaffigan and Mitch Hedberg, into the mainstream. Comedy Central did not order a new season of Presents for 2012, but it will be reborn as a new series of stand-up specials called, The Half Hour. And a dozen great comics will tape specials for the

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