The Comedy Network ends its special holiday programming with a 36-hour stand-up comedy block starting January 2nd 2010. It opens with the excellent Chris Rock Kill the Messenger at 9 p.m. and closes January 4th at 5 a.m. with Zack Galifianakis. This is an almost stellar line-up with the likes of George Carlin, Russell Peters, Russell Brand, and Dane Cook
The two absolutely best are George Carlin first and last HBO comedy specials: On Location aka Carlin at USC and It’s Bad For Ya. Check the schedule here below. This allows you to see how much Carlin’s tone had changed through the years. On Location, also known as the soundtrack for the On The Road CD, features a very easy going Carlin who delivers funny but mild social commentary on supermarkets, dogs and cats, Chinese guys named Rusty and so on. It’s Bad For Ya features a more philosophical comic whose social commentary is very acidic. This show features a brilliant piece on death and closes with very good routines on national pride, rights, and, of course, religion.
Also of note in a generally solid line-up is Wanda Sykes and her 2003 Comedy Central Special Tongue Untied. It airs January 3rd at 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. This show maybe six years old and topical but it is still very biting and funny. George W. Bush, the Pope and pedophile priests really get nailed. Other stand-up bits include DUI, strip clubs, an excellent stand-up comedy bit on men and women; especially the tests women give men.
The rest of this show is excellent.
Also of note, and you can check the review links here below are of course Chris Rock Kill the Messenger and Russell Brand Live in New York City. Brand is a bit of an acquired taste though. Russell Peters Outsourced is a better bet than Red, White, and Brown.
The Comedy Nework Stand-up Comedy Special Special make for great TV while recuperating from the hellidays.
Saturday, January 2 All times ET and PT
9 p.m - Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger Re-airing Jan. 3rd 2 p.m.
10:45 p.m - George Carlin: On Location Re-airing Jan. 3rd 3:45 p.m.
Sunday, January 3rd All times ET and PT
2 a.m. ET/PT - Russell Peters: Red, White and Brown Re-airing at 7 p.m.
3 a.m.- Russell Peters: Outsourced Re-airing at 8 p.m.
4 a.m.- Jeremy Hotz: What A Miserable Show This Is Re-airing at 9 p.m
5 a.m. - Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied Re-airing at 10 p.m.
6 a.m.- Russell Brand: Live in New York City Re-airing at 11 p.m.
7 a.m.- Dane Cook: Vicious Circle Re-airing Jan. 4th 12 a.m.
9 a.m.- Bob Saget: That Ain’t Right Re-airing Jan 4th 1 a.m.
10:10 a.m.- The Comedians of Comedy Re-airing Jan 4th 2:10 a.m.
1 p.m. - Zach Galifinakas: Live Re-airing Jan 4th 5 a.m.