Chris Gethard is a comedian whose always tried to do things his own way. So when the news came that Comedy Central might be picking up Gethard’s brilliantly weird public access show, The Chris Gethard Show, it seemed like things were coming up Millhouse for Gethard and his gang.
But just a few moments ago Gethard took to his Tumblr page to reveal the news that CC would not be picking up his show. Gethard, singing the network’s praises stated that in the end, the show just didn’t fit with what the network was trying to accomplish, but he’s grateful for the chance.
I got word about ten days ago that Comedy Central was going into high gear deciding if they wanted to air TCGS. This past weekend, I was in a sandwich shop in Toronto when I got a tough call – after much debate, Comedy Central have decided that TCGS is not for them.
Obviously this is a huge bummer, and there are a lot of feelings to sort out here. I’m sad it won’t be going down. I feel like I let my friends down. I’m definitely a bit shell-shocked – it’s been a crazy six months and I was pretty convinced for a moment there that it might actually happen.
Most of all though, I feel grateful.
I feel extremely grateful to Comedy Central for taking a chance on us in the first place, and most of all, for letting us do it our way. Anyone who was at the pilot will tell you that we did it in the exact voice we’ve spent years building. That’s the thing I’m most proud of. There wasn’t a moment when we at TCGS sat down and tried to figure out what they wanted to see. We only ever discussed how to translate what we usually do in a full hour down to a half an hour in a genuine way. And very much to their credit, Comedy Central allowed us to do that. They never once meddled creatively or tried to change what’s at the heart of what we do. I am extremely thrilled about the experience of working with them. Our show is out in the wild west of public access and it has that punk feel, and I think a lot of our fans worried that moving to a corporate environment would mean sacrificing the heart of our show. We never did that. They never asked us to. I am so thankful to them for taking a chance on us.
Gethard was very specific in stating that Comedy Central was great to work with adding, “no one on the creative side of development at TCGS did anything but fight hard for us. They really went to bat in a huge way… The creative people had our backs and I am indebted to them heavily for that.”
He added that it would “completely break my heart” if he learned of any TCGS fans take ill toward the network anywhere and rather asked his fans to send thanks to Comedy Central for giving them the shot in the first place use #TCGSthanksCC when messaging them thanks.
I think Comedy Central is doing a ton of great stuff these days – Inside Amy Schumer, Kroll Show, Broad City, and Nathan For You all come to mind. I love it. But Comedy Central might just be a little too well lit for TCGS. It might not have the same renegade spirit that we have. And there’s a few other places that come to mind that maybe do have a little more of that kindred spirit, and maybe dwell in some darker or stranger places like we do, and it is going to be a really fascinating and fun thing to talk to these people about how we might fit in. (And, Comedy Central has funded a really great piece of tape we can show them that reflects how we’d spend a budget. 🙂 )
Gethard ended his statement revealing that TCGS isn’t dead and there aren’t plans to go away now. They are happy about their free agency status and he feels there’s a bunch of new opportunities for the show to appear somewhere else in the future.
You can read Gethard’s full statement here.