Fans of sometimes controversial stand-up comedian Anthony Jeselnik are sure to find themselves in no mood to laugh today. As first reported by The Laugh Button, Comedy Central has officially canceled 'The Jeselnik Offensive' after two seasons.
Jeselnik entered the stand-up world in 2003, with his first TV special premiering on Comedy Central in 2009. He was quickly dubbed a break-out star in the comedy world, and was soon hired to write for 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.' Unfortunately, most of his pitches were rejected for being too dark to work on Fallon's mostly upbeat show. In 2010, Jeselnik began writing for and subsequently performing on the yearly 'Comedy Central Roasts' of celebrities. This brought the young comic to greater levels of fame, ultimately leading Jeselnik to get his own topical humor show on Comedy Central.
'The Jeselnik Offensive' premiered on Feb. 19, 2013, with Jeselnik's dark and edgy jokes and comedy sketches receiving rave reviews from the comedy world, as well as from many TV critics. The series was quickly renewed for a second season, which premiered on July 9 and ended on Aug. 27. While ratings had taken a hit during Season 2, the general assumption was that a third run would eventually happen.
That all changed this past Saturday night. Jeselnik chose to drop the bad news bombshell himself, while performing in front of a raucous crowd at the New York Comedy Festival. Jeselnik let the audience know that no further episodes of his show were being made, and that he had no plans to continue working with Comedy Central going forward. The comedian then led the crowd in a chant of "F*** you, Comedy Central." During a post show Q&A, Jeselnik mused that his agent probably wouldn't be too happy with what he had just done.
Will you miss 'The Jeselnik Offensive'?