Adult Swim’s Stoner Comedy Renaissance


Sean Fennessey wrote a long profile of Adult Swim on its 10th anniversary for the LA Times, examining how it made a name for itself with “stoner comedy” and it’s new live-action absurdity. Adult Swim has definitely become a cornerstone of the new cable comedy renaissance, along with newer efforts by networks such as IFC and FX. Here’s a taste: “‘They don’t seem to care about advertisers or audience,’ says Corddry, a former Daily Show correspondent who created the mock-medical dramedy Childrens Hospital. ‘They just guide us to be more creative. They’ve never said, “You can’t do that.” They’ve never given us negative notes. It’s always positive or nudges in a certain direction. Like, “More nudity.” Which we’ve done.’”