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Comedy Central orders eight more episodes of “The Comedy Jam” for 2017

Goddamn! The Goddamn Comedy Jam special proved successful enough this summer for Comedy Central to order up eight more episodes for cable TV in 2017 — even if they’re dropping the profanity from the title, and just calling it The Comedy Jam from here on out.

“We have been working under the false impression that what comedians want most is to have television and digital platforms to further their comedy careers,” said Comedy Central President Kent Alterman. “It turns out they really just want to be rock stars.”

The eight-episode series will debut next year, produced by Ugly Brother Studios and Tenth Planet and executive produced by Josh Adam Meyers, Mike and Tim Duffy and Joel Gallen, who will also direct.

Meyers created and hosts The Goddamn Comedy Jam, which brings stand-up comedians to the stage to share comedy bits that they link to an iconic hit song — which they then perform with the show’s backing band.

The August special featured Adam Devine, Jim Jefferies, Natasha Leggero (singing Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” with the band’s Rick Nielsen joining in on guitar), Jay Pharaoh doing Justin Bieber, and Pete Davidson rapping alongside Coolio on his “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

The most recent installment of the LA-based live show took place last week at the Roxy Theatre.

The Goddamn Comedy Jam also is coming back to New York City in November as part of the New York Comedy Festival with a Nov. 5 date at the Gramercy Theatre.

Sean L. McCarthy

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