Constant Comedy (Hardcover)

How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor

By Art Bell

Ulysses Press, 9781646040896, 290pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2020

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Learn the riveting, hilarious true story of the birth of Comedy Central—one of the most successful brand evolutions in cable television history. 

In 1988, a young, mid-level employee named Art Bell pitched a novel concept—a television channel focused 100% on just one thing: comedy—to the chairman of HBO. The station that would soon become Comedy Central, with celebrated programs like South Park, Chapelle’s Show, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report, was born.

Constant Comedy takes readers behind the scenes into the comedy startup on its way to becoming one of the most successful and creative purveyors of popular culture in the United States. From disastrous pitch meetings with comedians to the discovery of talents like Bill Maher and Jon Stewart, this intimate biography peers behind the curtain and reveals what it’s really like to work, struggle, and ultimately succeed at the cutting edge of show business. 

About the Author

Art Bell is a former media executive best known for creating and building HBO's The Comedy Channel, which went on to become Comedy Central. After Comedy Central, Bell became the president of Court TV and was the guiding force behind one of the most successful brand evolutions in cable television. Bell is the author of Web Sightings: A Collection of Websites We'd Like to See. He lives with his family in Connecticut.