CTV: The Comedy Network

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


In 1991, Time Warner and Viacom compromised and created "Comedy Partners", merging The Comedy Channel and Ha! TV Comedy Network into CTV: The Comedy Network, which was renamed shortly after to "Comedy Central" (in order to avoid confusion with Canada's CTV network).

Logo (April 1-June 1, 1991)

Visuals: On a black background, there is a humorous image of an animal or person superimposed on another stock image in a usually frilled or stamp-like frame with the words "CTV: The Comedy Network" written below in Kabel Ultra Bold.

Variants: Some of the pictures include:

  • A baseball field with someone at the bat, an umpire, and a giant hamster.
  • A 1950s diner with a giant rabbit in it.
  • Three lovebirds (one is a Fischer's lovebird, one is a masked lovebird, and the last one has a white and green color mutation that makes it hard to tell its species) and a black toy poodle on a branch.
  • A couple in front of a marker for the "World's Largest Cheese" standing next to a giant goat on two legs.
  • A man standing in front of the Great Sphinx, which has a giant tortoise (either a Galapagos or Aldabra tortoise) of equal size to its left.
  • A woman in a face mask inspects a group of tiny marching soldiers in white with her checkboard.

Technique: A still, digital image.

Audio: A stock music sting.

Availability: Found on reruns of Mystery Science Theater 3000 during that era, which still contain the commercial breaks.

The Comedy Channel

Ha! TV Comedy Network

CTV: The Comedy Network
Comedy Central
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