Published on December 11th, 2010 | by Sharilyn Johnson


Film Vault Friday: Brand Old

Am I the only person who likes the new Comedy Central branding? There’s no shortage of snark online, from people calling it boring/cold/heartless/unfunny.

Fair enough. But for this week’s Film Vault Friday, I enter into evidence the following: Exhibit A, promos from the Ha! network. Exhibit B, promos from the Comedy Channel. Americans over 30 – and select other comedy nerds – will know that the two cable stations merged in 1991 and became Comedy Central.

Whatever you think of the new look, you’ll be forced to admit it’s better than it was 20 years ago. Behold, the face of Comedy Central’s past.

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.

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