Comedy Central Stands Up for Shorties

Comedy Central, home of the foul-mouthed kids of South Park, is giving birth to a couple more animated tykes with some pretty outrageous things to say. Animation and standup comedy come together in Shorties Watching Shorties, a new series premiering Wednesday, April 28 at 10:30 p.m./9:30 p.m. central.

Shorties Watching Shorties stars comedians Patrice O’Neal and Nick DiPaolo as the voices of over-sophisticated infants who sit in front of the TV watching animated versions of standup comedy routines. The premiere episode features moments drawn from the comic stylings of Jay Mohr, Denis Leary, Dane Cook and others.

The series is exec produced by Denis Leary and his Apostle partner Jim Serpico. Serpico, Tom Sellitti and animator Eric Brown created the show, which grew out of Comedy Central’s series of 30-second interstitials titled House Arrest.

Shorties Watching Shorties will air regularly on Wednesday night following South Park. To watch clips, view behind the scenes footage and download images from the show, visit www.comedycentral.com.

Comedy Central is also expanding its toon lineup with the recently announced pickup of Odd Todd, based on the animated webisodes from creator Todd Rosenberg. The series of shorts chronicling Rosenberg’s days of unemployment were featured on www.oddtodd.com. That website previously spawned a book, The Odd Todd Handbook: Hard Times, Soft Couch, which was published by Warner Books last year.