Comedy Central India is a localised version of Comedy Central which first began in the United States in the 1990s and in India on 23 January 2012. The channel's programming concentrates solely on comedy.[1]

Comedy Central
Comedy Central 2011 Logo.svg
Launched23 January 2012; 7 years ago
Owned byViacom 18
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganYour #HappyPlace
Broadcast areaIndia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan
HeadquartersCST No. 461/462
Subhash Road
Vile Parle (East)
Mumbai, India
Sister channel(s)MTV; VH1; Nick; Colors; Colors Infinity; Sonic
Airtel Digital TVChannel 175 (SD)
Channel 176 (HD)
Dish TVChannel 514 (SD)
Channel 513 (HD)
Tata SkyChannel 230 (SD)
Channel 229 (HD)
Sun DirectChannel 465 (SD)
Reliance Digital TVChannel 256 (SD)
Videocon d2hChannel 185 (SD)
Dish Home NepalChannel 408 (SD)
Channel 966 (HD)
Asianet digitalChannel 471 (SD)
Channel 861 (HD)
DENChannel 657
Space Time NetworkChannel 506
Siti TVChannel 176
SCV TamilnaduChannel 242
APSFL (Andhra Pradesh)Channel 294 (HD)

The channel is owned by Viacom 18, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. and TV18. The group also went on to organise a live event featuring British comedian Russell Brand who performed at this three-city tour which included New Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai. The event was organised by Comedy Central India in association with Viacom 18 and Meraevents.[2]



Current programmingEdit

Name Season(s)
Impractical Jokers Season
F.R.I.E.N.D.S Season
1 - 10
2 Broke Girls Season
1 - 5
Superstore Season
Will & Grace Season
Kevin Can Wait Season
Man with a Plan Season
Superior Donuts Season
1 - 2
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Season
Suits Season
Saturday Night Live Season
The Graham Norton Show Season
Young Sheldon Season
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season

Former programmingEdit

Broadcast banEdit

Comedy Central was prohibited from broadcasting in India for 10 days, from 00:01 hours on 25 May till 00:01 hours on 4 June 2012, after an inter-ministerial committee (IMC) set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting found that two of its shows that aired in 2012, carried "obscene dialogues and vulgar words" that "offend good taste", violating several provisions of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994. The provisions of the law include "no programme should be carried in the cable service which offends against good taste or decency; no programme should be carried which contains anything obscene, defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and half truths". It also states that "no programme should be carried which denigrates women through the depiction in any manner of the figure of woman, her form or body or any part thereof in such a way as to have the effect of being indecent or derogatory to women or is likely to injure the public morality".[5] The incidents in question involved an episode of Stand Up Club where an unnamed stand-up performed an act with "obscene dialogues and vulgar words derogatory to women" aired on 26 May 2012, and an episode of the French hidden camera prank show PopCorn TV aired on 4 July 2012, where one of the crew members was shown standing opposite a wall, in a shop holding a pair of fake legs against his thighs in his hands and making suggestive movements similar to having sex.[6] Comedy Central apologised for the broadcast, blaming it on an "unintentional genuine error".[7]

The ministry's order stated, "The portrayal in the programme did not appear suitable for unrestricted public exhibition and children," the order said, referring to the programme aired on 26 May 2012. It showed a man performing an act of stand-up comedy with "suggestive gestures and gyration. During his performance, the man was shown uttering dialogues denigrating women, indecently and crudely referred to sex organs of men and women and the sing-song rendition by the man sought to pornographically describe the male lust, depicting women as a commodity of sex".[5] The network appealed the ban in the Delhi High Court, but a single judge bench upheld the ban stating that the penalty prohibiting the telecast of the channel for 10 days could not be considered as "excessive, harsh or unreasonable".[5] In its appeal, the company stated, "Prohibition of transmission will cause irreparable loss and damage to the appellant. It will also put an end to the popularity and the viability, commercially or otherwise, of the channel. The right to operate and broadcast television channel is protected under Article 19 of the Constitution. In this view of the matter, the appellants submit that they are entitled to fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution. The manner in which respondent [the Centre] has interpreted the policies and imposed penalty in complete violation of the fundamental rights of the appellant is not only anachronistic to the constitutional value of liberal democracy but also inconsistent with prevailing practices worldwide".[6] However, on 28 May 2013, a division bench of the Court, comprising Chief Justice D. Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath, stayed the ministry's decision. The court stated, "The order directing prohibition of the transmission and re-transmission of the channel is stayed till further orders".

Viewers were presented with a simple black screen for the duration of the ban. The ministry's decision to directly issue a show-cause notice and, later, order a blackout raised serious concern in the Indian broadcasting industry.[8] Most reactions on social media saw the government's move as "extreme and draconian".[9] Critics felt that the government had used the vague framing of the Constitution to censor Internet material, threatening India's democratic traditions.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Comedy Central will unveil its campaign in Feb Archived 14 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Dilip, Mangala. "Russell Brand Returns to India after 2010 Wedding with Katy Perry; Book Tickets for Chuckle Festival". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Comedy Central to celebrate Children's Day". 11 November 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Get ready for a primetime filled with laughter this August only on Comedy Central". 30 July 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "Delhi HC upholds ban on Comedy Central". 25 May 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b "HC stays 10-day ban on Comedy Central's transmission". PTI. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Uh Oh! US Network Comedy Central 'Temporarily Shut Down in India After Broadcasting Obscene Jokes'". Entertainmentwise. 26 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Not funny: Comedy Central channel banned for 10 days for offending good taste". India Today. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  9. ^ Prashant Jha (26 May 2013). "Comedy Central banned for 10 days". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Indian Court Lifts Ban on Comedy Central". 28 May 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013.

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