Given that Comedy Central NZ  has dumped Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in favour of  'Hogan's Heroes' and 'Are You Being Served?', it can only be a matter of time before the channel schedules the monstrosity that is 'Full House'...

This is not  a 'weighty' post but  one that I've been intending to write for months but which always got filed away in the bottom draw for another day. But with the end of the year approaching I thought I'd let it fly.

My particular little  irritation is with Comedy Central NZ.  The station has degenerated into a dumping ground for endless repeats of, among others,  Hogan's Heroes, Get Smart, Are You Being Served?, On The Buses and MASH. The station hasn't yet descended to the level of broadcasting repeats of Full House  but it is heading in that direction.

And what is really annoying is that these creaky old  shows have elbowed out shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Now I don't think that Jon Stewart is the greatest political commentator in the world.   In fact, he's often too wishy washy liberal for my tastes but at least The Daily Show does provide intelligent political comment - a rarity on mainstream television. And the interviews are good too.

Similarly Colbert's faux conservatism is quality satire. 

But neither Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert can be found on Comedy Central NZ , although they still feature on the website.

I'm not the only one unhappy with the channel's performance.  Here's a selection of comments from its Facebook page:

'I use to love Comedy Central when it first started, but now it's just MASH, Hogan's Heroes, American Dad, Are You Being  Served?, and On The Buses etc. Please tell me you guys are going to change things soon?'

'The same episode of American Dad, THREE TIMES in one day ? Seriously ?'

'I have been stuck at home for the last week as I have injured my knee. This last week I have noticed something. REPEATS, SO MANY F**KING REPEATS !! Each day you repeat an episode of a program that was on the previous day. Over the last 12 months, I have seen the same few episodes of Tosh.0 probably 4 times each. You are playing episodes from 2010 for gods sake ! Sort your s**t out Comedy Central New Zealand. The only comedy going on here is your line up of programming.'

'I unlike you Comedy Central.....How the hell does one get a laugh out of endless repeats....'

'The Daily Show wins the Emmy Award yet again - so why isn't on Comedy Central???'

Yes, Comedy Central  NZ has a lot of disgruntled viewers.

Full House on Comedy Central next year? I wouldn't be surprised.


  1. Another Sky special - take the money then deliver rubbish. How much does it cost to screen 'On The Buses'? Five cents? No wonder Sky makes big profits.

  2. I tuned into Comedy Central yesterday and it was screening 'On the Buses' again. This show first screened in 1969! But what makes it even worse, it was a repeat! I think it is a repeat of a repeat!

    People are wanting to know where the new shows are and basically Comedy Central have given us the one finger salute. This is a subscription-based channel and we pay good money to watch decent and new stuff. NOT 'ON THE BUSES', 'GET SMART', 'HOGAN'S HEROES', ETC.

    Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are screening on ohter Comedy Central statiosn around the world so why is NZ different?


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