For a channel that once featured puppets making prank phone calls, Comedy Central still stands as a pillar of modern entertainment television. Less than a decade ago, Jon Stewart defined what it meant to be a political humorist, and Key & Peele continued the Chapelle Show’s legacy of biting racial humor and commentary. If you’re sick of expensive cable plans and are looking for a cheaper, more convenient streaming service, look no further. Here’s everything you need to know to watch a Comedy Central live stream.
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What is Comedy Central?
Founded in 1989, Comedy Central is one of the biggest purveyors of—go figure—comedy programming. Countless stand-up specials, cartoons, sitcoms, and variety or talk shows have all rotated through its lineup at one point or another. The list of famous Comedy Central shows is long but includes South Park, Reno 911, Workaholics, Futurama, Bojack Horseman, Tosh.O, and Broad City, to name just a few. Comedy Central is also well-known for showing reruns of popular comedies like King of the Hill.
- Launched: April 1991, after the merge with The Comedy Channel and Ha!
- Slogan: "Everything is funny."
- Genre: Comedy
- Formally called: CTV, The Comedy Channel (1989-1991)
- Parent Company: ViacomCBS
Comedy Central live stream: How to watch Comedy Central online
Comedy Central is available on a few of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you'll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you'll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming.
Comedy Central on Philo
Philo is a budget-minded streaming service, and depending on what channels you want, it might be right for you. The 59 Philo channels lean decidedly toward entertainment; the Philo channel list includes AMC, Discovery, IFC, Lifetime, and the Paramount Network, all for $20 a month. If you're a fan of Comedy Central, you're in luck: You can find it on Philo. Philo also comes with free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.
Comedy Central on FuboTV
FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it's evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 181 FuboTV channels. If you're looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo's most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel coming on board in 2020, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.
To watch Comedy Central, you'll want to dock in at the FuboTV Standard level.
Comedy Central on Sling TV
If you're looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There's also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You'll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. To gain access to Comedy Central, you’ll either need either Sling Blue, Sling Orange, or Sling Orange + Blue. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.
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Comedy Central on Vidgo
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package. Vidgo channels include ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), and it's one of the few streaming services that carries BeIN Sports. But it's like Fubo in that, even though it started out for streaming sports, it carries a lot more now. You might be surprised to know that Vidgo's an option to stream Comedy Central—and then you chat about it online via Vidgo's Social TV platform.
Comedy Central on AT&T TV Now
If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now's biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you're looking for Comedy Central get in at the AT&T TV Now Max tier to stream it.
Comedy Central on YouTube TV
The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.
If you're looking for Comedy Central, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV.
Other ways to watch Comedy Central online
To use the Comedy Central app, you’ll need to log in with your information from a streaming service. The app is compatible with Philo and DirecTV but not with Sling TV.
You can watch a Comedy Central live stream (as well as some on-demand content) on CC.com, but you’ll have to provide a login from a valid streaming service. If you use Philo or DirecTV Now, you should be good to go. Unfortunately, Sling doesn't make the cut.
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