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Published on December 9th, 2010 | by Sharilyn Johnson

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Looking funny: Comedy Central re-brands

Comedy Central has unveiled a long-overdue re-branding, going into effect in the new year.

Gone is the cartoonish globe-and-skyscrapers logo, which identified the station in two different incarnations. Instead, we have a sleek sans serif font, with two letter “C”s mirroring each other in the middle and the “Central” flipped around for some flavor.

While my first thought was “hey, I’ve seen something like that before”, it seems that only the Comedy Central Press page may be done in orange. The acceptable colors provided are two different blues, red, yellow, and green (sorry Pantone nerds, I’m not even going to try to elaborate on those).

It does kind of have a “copyright symbol with a twist” thing going on. I admit, that makes me giggle simply because it wouldn’t be the first time Comedy Central made a creative interpretation of copyright.

The new look is being teased on the public website via a sizzle reel promoting their 2011 lineup. The delightful irony being that those of us in Canada get an auto redirect to the thing that our Comedy Network purports to be a “website”. Complete with its terrible 1997 logo made by a designer who was probably instructed to make something “wacky” and “zany”. Mission accomplished, dude.

It’s kind of like getting an expensive new couch, and realizing how much worse it makes the old wallpaper look.

Congrats on not pulling a GAP, Comedy Central!


Canada. We can't have nice things.


About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.



3 Responses to Looking funny: Comedy Central re-brands

  1. David Kendall says:

    It’s not The Comedy Network’s logo* I hate nearly as much as it’s slogan. “Time Well Wasted”??? Yeah *that* ref is fresh and current! I swear it’s been, what, 15 years at least since A&E used the “Time Well Spent” slogan, and I’d give my left nut to have The Comedy Network replace that really old slogan. It doesn’t make them seem “hip” at all.

    (*I actually don’t mind TCN’s logo, to me it actually says “comedy” more than CC’s new logo (which says to me “we copyright all the shit here, don’t you *dare* try anything or our lawyers will be on your ass!))

  2. Sharilyn says:

    The logo doesn’t need to say “comedy”. The word “comedy” needs to say “comedy”. I think CC has the right idea.

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