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Comedy World (often shortened to CW) is an American animated comedy series created by Gary Sauls. It made its debut on Kids' WB on September 5, 1998, and ended its run on September 17, 2005, with 6 seasons, 140 episodes, 4 TV specials and a theatrical movie. The show is still sold on DVD to this day. All of the episodes (and the movie) are also available for digital purchase on iTunes and Amazon Prime. The entire series (excluding the movie) is also available on Hulu, while only the movie is available on Netflix.

The show is rated TV-Y7 FV.

Synopsis

The intellectually gifted PC Guy, accompanied by his scatterbrained brother, Eric, and their workaholic father, Paul, lives in Avenue A Apartment in Lakeside City. However, he is always up for an adventure or two with Eric and the rest of his pals.

Episodes

Setting

The show takes place at Lakeside City, a fictional city located in the state of New York which also happens to be the capital of New York's "sixth borough", Lakeside. The show is set during the late 1990s, with things such as pagers, dial-up Internet, VHS tapes, cassettes, etc. being common throughout the series.

For the most part, the show does not rely on continuity. In fact, most episodes end with a character being heavily injured, stuck in a situation, exiled, or even killed. While there are a few callbacks to previous episodes, they are kept brief and do not interfere with the series. Gary Sauls has also stated that he hopes anyone can watch any episode in any production order and not feel “lost”.

Main Cast

Development

Production

Approximately 70 people work together whenever they produce an episode of Comedy World. Production of the series is handled at Chatterbox Productions in Astoria, New York, and when episodes are finalized, they are sent to Warner Bros. Animation in Burbank, California for approval. Every single episode is fully hand-drawn; the only instances where computers are involved is for scanning, which was introduced in the third season, when the show started to use ink and paint animation.

Just like other eleven-minute cartoons, an episode of Comedy World would take at least nine months to produce. Writing starts whenever Gary Sauls and Edward Felker come up with a story for an episode. They plan it out, come up with gags, and give detailed notes on what should be added or changed. Once it looks good, they write down the script together. Whenever they're done with making a final draft of the script and showing it to other Chatterbox employees so that it looks great, the animators, storyboard directors and storyboard artists work on the animation for a good amount of time before shipping it off to Rough Draft Studios in South Korea so that the animation can truly be done.

Comedy World contains a large variety of New York City voice actors, and recording sessions take place in Chatterbox's recording studio on Wednesdays. According to the documentary, The Making of Comedy World, actors clock in at 9AM. Sauls has said, "Seeing the action unfold in the studio is why I really, really love Wednesdays. The sessions get more unusual and wacky - it's so much fun. And the way the actors record their lines is like an old-school radio show style."

Whenever there are Los Angeles actors, they record their lines at Warner Bros. Animation, and they are sent over to Chatterbox within a few hours.

Reception

Ratings

When Comedy World debuted, the pilot episode attracted around 2.26 million viewers. Within its first few months on air, the amount of viewers expanded. As the show progressed, it became the number-one children's animated series on television. Needless to say, it became a major success for the Kids' WB programming block throughout the years. The time slot for new episodes was 10:30/9:30am central.

Critical response

The show currently holds a rating of 7.8/10 on IMDb and an 8.6/10 on TV.com.

Home video releases

VHS

DVD

Box sets

Broadcast

  • United States - Kids' WB (1998-2008), Cartoon Network (2000-2009; 2012), Boomerang (2005-2016; 2018-present), The CW4Kids (2008-2010)
  • Mexico - Fox Kids and Cartoon Network
  • Spain - Nickelodeon
  • Canada - YTV
  • United Kingdom and Ireland - Jetix and Cartoon Network
  • Japan - Cartoon Network
  • France - Disney Channel
  • Germany - Nickelodeon
  • Poland - Jetix
  • South Korea - Cartoon Network

Trivia

  • Whenever Andrew Rannells voices PC Guy, he always uses his natural speaking voice. Due to his calm, easygoing nature in real life, he never yells, so he had to learn how to sound angry so that he could properly record his lines whenever there was a scene where PC Guy was mad or annoyed.
  • The entire series was traditionally animated through the use of pencils and papers.
  • The show was entirely produced in New York.
  • Comedy World was the longest running original show on Kids' WB, lasting seven years.
  • The show was going to be renewed for a seventh season that would've ran through late 2005 and into the beginning of 2006, but Gary Sauls eventually refused the offer.
  • A slightly altered version of the end credits theme sometimes plays in episodes as background music.
  • During development, the show’s original title was “Edward Pearson’s Comedy World”.