Comedy Central Extra

Comedy Central Extra is a European pay television channel that launched in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in 2003. A Dutch version was launched in 2011. In 2012 a version of Comedy Central Extra was launched in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia,[1][2] in 2013 in Romania (later replaced by Comedy Central) and Bulgaria, in 2014 in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and in 2016 in Albania.

Comedy Central Extra
Launched1 September 2003 (2003-09-01)
NetworkComedy Central
Owned byUK & Ireland
Paramount UK Partnership
(Paramount British Pictures/Sky)
ViacomCBS International Media Networks Northern Europe
Middle East and Africa
ViacomCBS International Media Networks
Picture format576i 16:9 SDTV
Audience shareUK:
Unreported (+1) (June 2019 (2019-06), BARB)
Broadcast areaAdriatic region
United Kingdom
Middle East and Africa
Formerly calledParamount Comedy 2
Sister channel(s)
Timeshift serviceComedy Central Extra +1 (UK and Ireland only)
Sky (UK & Ireland)Channel 127
Channel 227 (+1)
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 182
Ziggo (Netherlands)Channel 124
Virgin Media
Channel 134
WightFibre (UK)Channel 116
SBB (Serbia)various
ABCom (Albania)Channel 20
Caiway (Netherlands)Channel 105
DELTA (Netherlands)Channel 260
Kabel Noord (Netherlands)Channel 210
TalkTalk TV (UK)Channel 308
BT (UK)Channel 308
KPN (Netherlands)Channel 71
PlusnetChannel 308
eir VisionChannel 128
Tele2 (Netherlands)Channel 28
T-Mobile (Netherlands)Channel 187
Streaming media
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only) (TVPlayer Plus subscription required)
Ziggo (Europe only)


The channel launched as Paramount Comedy 2 in the UK and Ireland on 1 September 2003 on Sky, and followed soon after on 22 September 2003 on Telewest and 15 October 2003 on NTL. The channel was originally a so-called 'timeshift' service, offering programmes from Paramount Comedy at different times. It later started broadcasting some different programming from Paramount, often British.

On 17 February 2009, it was announced that both Paramount Comedy 1 and Paramount Comedy 2 would be re-branded as Comedy Central and Comedy Central Extra on 6 April 2009 at 9 pm.[3] The name change coincided with the launch of a new programming line-up which included new episodes of Two and a Half Men, The Office and South Park.

On 1 November 2011, Comedy Central Extra launched a localised version in the Netherlands through cable operator Ziggo.[4] Followed by KPN on 15 January 2012[5] and UPC Netherlands on 1 April 2012.[6] On 1 August 2012, the channel launched in the Adriatic region: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.[7][8]

Comedy Central Family closed in the Netherlands on 31 May 2018. However, some of its programmes moved to Comedy Central Extra.[9]

Timeshift service

Within the UK and Ireland, a timeshift service called Comedy Central Extra +1 (formerly Paramount Comedy 2 +1 from 2007 to 2009) was launched on Sky on 5 November 2007. The channel reduced its hours to 7 pm – 6am on 4 August 2008, as Nicktoonsters launched on 18 August 2008. On 2 October 2012, the channel began to run full-time again following the closure of Nicktoons Replay.


Comedy Central Extra currently airs a variety of American comedy in the daytime including Friends and Scrubs.

After 10 pm, the shows are a mix of American and British comedy with shows including Russell Howard's Good News, South Park and The Cleveland Show.

In January 2007, the channel switched from mainly American programmes to classic British programming with shows such as Seinfeld, Cheers and Roseanne being replaced by Bless This House, George & Mildred and The Upper Hand.

In February 2007, the channel had a 'British Classics' season, with such hits as Spitting Image and Monty Python's Flying Circus.

At weekends, the channel used to screen classic British comedy such as The Upper Hand, Bless This House, George and Mildred, Brush Strokes, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Don't Wait Up and Mr. Bean.

See also


  1. Jesse Whittock (31 July 2012). "Comedy Central gives Balkans Extra". C21Media.
  2. Georg Szalai (31 July 2012). "Viacom to Launch Comedy Central Extra in Adriatic Region". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. Neil Wilkes (17 February 2009). "Paramount Comedy to become Comedy Central". Digital Spy.
  4. Robert Briel (24 October 2011). "Comedy Central Extra debuts on Ziggo". Broadband TV News.
  5. Jarco Kriek (14 December 2011). "KPN Interactieve TV breidt uit met Comedy Central, BravaNL en Family7". Totaal TV.
  6. Jarco Kriek (15 February 2012). "Zenderuitbreiding bij UPC". Totaal TV.
  7. Jesse Whittock (31 July 2012). "Comedy Central gives Balkans Extra". C21Media.
  8. Georg Szalai (31 July 2012). "Viacom to Launch Comedy Central Extra in Adriatic Region". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. "Comedy Central voegt Extra- en Family-zenders samen". 25 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
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