Comedy Central just locked Daniel Tosh in for another three seasons of Tosh.0.
The contract extension, which will keep the comedian on the network through 2020, comes on the eve of his tenth season — premiering March 27. Tosh and Comedy Central president Kent Alterman reacted with two of the Viacom network’s classically terse and snarky statements.
“Knowing when to move on in show business is highly overrated,” offered Tosh. Added Alterman, “I know it makes Daniel uncomfortable to publicly acknowledge our love and affection for each other, but we couldn’t be more thrilled to extend our relationship with him.”
Locking talent in for so much longer seems to be the norm in the current comedy climate. Comedy Central made a similar move with Trevor Noah, keeping him on the Daily Show through at least 2022 to ensure stability during the next presidential election. The network is not alone. TBS recently extended Samantha Bee for another two seasons and secured Conan O’Brien through 2022. At NBC, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers are under deals to remain through 2021; CBS has Colbert and James Corden through 2020; ABC has Kimmel through 2019; and HBO has John Oliver through 2020.
But Tosh isn’t exactly offering commentary on current affairs. The comedian’s TV shtick remains fixed on Internet culture, giving a linear outlet for viral videos.
The most recent season of Tosh.0 typically earned a little over 1 million viewers and a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49, once live-plus-seven day lifts were factored in. (That’s double its night of showing.) Tosh’s social following is decidedly more significant. The comedian boasts more than 27 million followers on Twitter alone.
Tosh.0 is executive produced by Tosh, Charlie Siskel, Nick Malis and Christie Smith. Monika Zielinska is Comedy Central’s executive in charge of production. Tosh is repped by WME.