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April 18th, 2003

Comedy Central Presents

If you’re ever looking for a good “fallback” program on TV, I think I can now recommend the stand-up show Comedy Central Presents.

Each is a half-hour, each with a different comic, so things can be very hit-or-miss. But when it’s good, it’s quite good. Last night we watched an episode with Bruce Bruce – and were totally impressed. He was hilarious.

The other bonus on the show, and its similar stand-up ilk, are that you may learn fantastic trivial bits without even knowing it. For instance, there was a fellow who had his own Comedy Central Presents one week… and was on Star Search the next. (He won.)

But my favorite story to tell is this. One night we had just watched an episode of Seinfeld, with a particularly good stand-up bit about banks and the roped-off maze-like lines. (The joke is that you still go through them, even when there are no people there.) Later that night, Kevin James had a special on Comedy Central. We watched. He told the exact same joke, word for word, motion for motion.

We were both shocked that he would take something so blatantly. Maybe James figured, “Heck, he’s off the air! No one will know!” But thanks to Comedy Central, we know. Now you do, too.

Stand-up. Good.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Greg C
DATE: Friday April 18, 2003 -- 1:58:12 pm
It's gold, Jerry! Gold!

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday April 18, 2003 -- 2:02:04 pm
Kevin James probably was a jokewriter for Jerry and claimed that joke for himself.

Has anyone noticed that tonight's CCP stand-up is Rich Hall is disguise? Remember Sniglets?

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Sunday April 20, 2003 -- 12:42:01 pm
Best comic on Comedy Central Presents: Dwayne Perkins. ( Seriously. I haven't laughed that hard in years. He was on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn about 2 years ago, and my friends and I still quote that 3 minute performance now. Get the CD when he puts it out.

FROM: brian
DATE: Thursday November 13, 2003 -- 9:40:12 pm
if kevin james and jerry were both on tv at the same, or near the same time then chances are the one never knew the other did the joke. dont claim kevin james copied jerry just because you saw jerry first

FROM: Joshua Robbins
DATE: Monday December 15, 2003 -- 1:41:08 pm
Comedy Central Presents should go on DVD, because everything else is going on DVD, so why not?

FROM: SammiSue
DATE: Thursday April 21, 2005 -- 6:42:36 pm
Either way I believe Kevin is the better comedian. If I were to see Jerry do it, I wouldn't think it funny, Kevin just has a way about him that makes it funnier.

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