Chappelle's Syndrome

by smcgann14 | created - 04 Feb 2017 | updated - 04 Feb 2017 | Public

A term I've coined for a trend in Comedy Central programming, where a comedian who is then hot property (or occasionally a has-been) is given a Comedy Central series that lasts for at most a season (two if they're lucky). Shortly thereafter, their popularity will have died down. Most of these shows downplay the strengths of the actual hosting comedian and are often copycats of previously successful programming such as Chappelle's Show and The Daily Show.

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1. Con (2005– )

30 min | Comedy

Skyler Stone is an actor/comedian with an amazing ability to "con" people. Comedy Central has decided to put cameras on this wiz kid to see what sort of elaborate pranks he can pull off.

Stars: Skyler Stone, Zach Johnson, Dave Keyes, Joe Morganella

Votes: 267

6 episodes

3. Stella (2005)

30 min | Comedy

A sketch comedy show that follows the absurd adventures of Michael, Michael and David.

Stars: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain, Heidi Neurauter

Votes: 3,527

10 episodes

4. Weekends at the DL (2005– )

30 min | Comedy

A half hour program hosted by D.L. Hughley, featuring comedy sketches, musical guests, and Hughley's unique take on pop culture.

Stars: D.L. Hughley, Dwayne P. Wiggins, Loni Love, Tom Agna

Votes: 46

28 episodes

5. The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show (2007– )

30 min | Comedy

A variety show with previously recorded comedy bits detailing the exploits of two unlikely friends.

Stars: Dave Allen, David Koechner, J.P. Fitting, Renee Albert

Votes: 743

8 episodes

6. Root of All Evil (2008– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Game-Show

Commedian Lewis Black holds court over celebrities and other pop culture figures whom he accuses of being "the root of all evil."

Stars: Lewis Black, Matt Price, Greg Giraldo, Andrew Daly

Votes: 578

2 seasons, 18 episodes

7. The Gong Show with Dave Attell (2008– )

Comedy, Game-Show

A television favorite blasts back with a cutting-edge, Comedy Central spin. Equal parts talent competition and house party, The Gong Show With Dave Attell unleashes a revolving trio of ... See full summary »

Stars: Dave Attell, David Juskow, Heidi Van Horne, Michelle Biloon

Votes: 102

8 episodes

8. Chocolate News (2008– )

30 min | Comedy

A magazine-show parody hosted by comedian David Alan Grier covering urban pop culture topics.

Stars: David Alan Grier, Chris Tallman, Tangie Ambrose, Alphonso McAuley

Votes: 496

10 episodes

9. Important Things with Demetri Martin (2009–2010)


Comedian Demetri Martin's television show, which alternates between stand-up comedy and taped skits.

Stars: Demetri Martin, H. Jon Benjamin, Barry Carl, Joe Furey

Votes: 3,264

2 seasons, 17 episodes

10. Michael & Michael Have Issues (2009– )


Best friends and collaborators for over 20 years, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter finally have their own TV show. There's just one problem: they are their own worst enemies.

Stars: Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Jessi Klein, Kumail Nanjiani

Votes: 744

7 episodes

11. The Jeff Dunham Show (2009– )

30 min | Comedy

Jeff Dunham's new 30 minute sitcom with a full live audience shows Jeff and his famous (and some infamous) take on the streets of LA while keeping it real and keeping it comedy.

Stars: Jeff Dunham, Penelope Hsu, James Koshak, Ron Blodgett

Votes: 731

7 episodes

12. Pretend Time (2010– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Sketch comedy show starring Nick Swardson.

Stars: Nick Swardson, John Cramer, Deirdre Wall, Julia Lea Wolov

Votes: 793

2 seasons, 14 episodes

13. The Benson Interruption (2010– )

30 min | Comedy

Comedian Doug Benson sits on stage during the stand up performances of his friends and interrupts, sometimes adding to the performances and sometimes distracting it.

Stars: Doug Benson, Todd Barry, Michael Ian Black, Adam Carolla

Votes: 113

6 episodes

14. Sports Show with Norm Macdonald (2011– )

30 min | Comedy, News, Sport

There's a new Norm in sports. Funnyman Norm Macdonald returns to the desk to give you an update on the week's dropped passes, foul balls and unnecessary roughness--and that's just what ... See full summary »

Stars: Norm MacDonald, Kyle Mooney, Linda Wang, Ying Tao

Votes: 557

9 episodes

15. Jon Benjamin Has a Van (2011)

30 min | Comedy

A reporter cruises around in his van and reports on all the trivial things no one cares about.

Stars: Leo Allen, H. Jon Benjamin, Nathan Fielder, Gary Wilmes

Votes: 1,556

10 episodes

16. The Burn with Jeff Ross (2012– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Jeff Ross will skewer the week's pop culture topics in-studio, and hit the streets to take aim at public enemies, such as meter maids, the paparazzi, and those who need to be taken down a ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeffrey Ross, Gilbert Gottfried, Ed Larson, T.J. Miller

Votes: 612

2 seasons, 12 episodes

17. The Jeselnik Offensive (2013– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Reality-TV, Talk-Show

Anthony Jeselnik has celebrity guests on his show, where they talk about political topics in their own way. And of course, Anthony Jeselnik acts offensive.

Stars: Anthony Jeselnik, T.J. Miller, Doug Benson, Kumail Nanjiani

Votes: 1,257

2 seasons, 18 episodes

18. Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! (2013– )

Comedy, Drama

Comedian Steven Brody Stevens, known for his manic nature on stage, suffers a real public breakdown and attempts to put his life back together afterwards.

Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Brody Stevens, Jen Kirkman, Ildiko Tabori

Votes: 177

12 episodes

19. Comedy Underground with Dave Attell (2014– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Stand-up legend Dave Attell hosts, joined by old friends as well as some new faces in their rawest, unfiltered state in New York's historic Village Underground. Each episode features sets from three comics.

Stars: Dave Attell, Joe DeRosa, Jesse Joyce, Louis Katz

Votes: 144

8 episodes

20. Why? With Hannibal Buress (2015– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Hannibal Burress goes about getting the answers to the most burning questions on his mind.

Stars: Hannibal Buress, Flying Lotus, Amy Schumer, Conan O'Brien

Votes: 298

8 episodes

Ratings: Only went over a 0.5 on its premiere episode. Then it dwindled around a 0.3 for the remaining seven episodes.

21. Not Safe with Nikki Glaser (2016)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Reality-TV, Talk-Show

Not Safe with Nikki Glaser is a free-form venue where comic and curious perv Nikki investigates sex and relationship topics through a mix of panel discussions, field pieces and social experiments.

Stars: Nikki Glaser, Jake Taylor, Moshe Kasher, Bridget Everett

Votes: 617

20 episodes

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