Is Daniel Tosh’s Comedy Central Show Ending?

Author: John Egan
Published: March 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Stand-up comedian Daniel Tosh said via Twitter on March 12 that this week’s Tosh.0 show on Comedy Central “will be the last one for awhile.” That’s true.

However, Tosh’s tweet led his fans to believe the show was ending. That’s not true.

Comedy Central
spokeswoman Renata Luczak told that the third season of Tosh.0 is airing 30 episodes in three installments throughout 2011. The first 10 episodes are being broadcast Jan. 11 to March 15. The second set will be shown from mid-May through July, and the third set will start airing in mid-September.

So it looks like the joke’s on Tosh’s more than 1.5 million Twitter followers.

Tosh, who’s 35 years old, said on his Twitter account that he needs to “figure out what I really want out of life.” Well, it appears his life will include Tosh.0 – at least in 2011.

Tosh.0 attracts 4 million viewers an episode – even more than who watch Comedy Central’s signature programs The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, according to a Los Angeles Times story published March 8.

Tosh’s supposed departure from the show was reminiscent of comedian David Chappelle’s sudden exit from the third season of his hit show on Comedy Central, Chappelle’s Show. Chappelle explained that he felt personally and professional overwhelmed by the show, but denied speculation that he was coping with a drug problem or mental problem.

After Tosh not so subtly hinted that his show was over, fans and critics were accusing him of “pulling a Chappelle.”

If Tosh were to leave the show, it would leave a substantial hole in Comedy Central’s schedule, particularly since Tosh.0 is wildly popular among a coveted demographic among advertisers – men in their 20s.

This is how the Los Angeles Times explained the simple premise behind Tosh.0:

Tosh and a small team cull the Internet for amateur video clips. Then, each week, Tosh offers caustic commentary before a live audience about the hapless victims caught on camera. The show’s cornerstone is a segment called “Web Redemption” In that segment, subjects of clips made infamous on the web relive their embarrassing moment — but this time with a happy ending.

Charlie Siskel, the show’s executive producer, told the Los Angeles Times: “The show’s success was not ordained nor devised through some corporate goal setting. People liked the show and they would chime in about the videos, and we started looking for more ways to connect them back to the show.”

Tosh’s Happy Thoughts comedy special premiered March 6 on Comedy Central.


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