Lynette Rice
June 12, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m., weeknights)
SHOW NAME The Colbert Report COMEDY STYLE Blowhard as political satirist. NUMBER OF VIEWERS 1.5 million SAMPLE JOKE ”I don’t pay attention to polls, I just count lawn signs. So get ready for President RE/MAX!”

Chelsea Handler (E!, 11 p.m., weeknights)
SHOW NAME Chelsea Lately COMEDY STYLE Pop culture parody and celebrity insult humor. NUMBER OF VIEWERS 735,000 SAMPLE JOKE ”Octomom has gotten her own reality show. I’m only watching if one of the kids gets voted off every week.”

George Lopez (TBS, 11 p.m., weeknights in November)
SHOW NAME TBA COMEDY STYLE Boundary-pushing riffs on race. SAMPLE JOKE ”I will executive-produce, star, and write on [my] show. In this economy, when you want to hire one person to do three jobs, you’ll hire a Latino.”

Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m., weeknights)
SHOW NAME The Daily Show COMEDY STYLE Social commentary via faux news reporting and sarcastic political punditry. NUMBER OF VIEWERS 2.2 million SAMPLE JOKE ”Oh, war. It’s just God’s way of teaching Americans geography.”

Wanda Sykes (Fox, 11 p.m., Saturdays in November)
SHOW NAME TBA COMEDY STYLE Withering musings on politics and the sexes. SAMPLE JOKE ”You’re proud to say it: the first black president. That’s unless [Obama] screws up. Then it’s ‘What’s up with the half-white guy?”’

DVR (Your house, anytime) SHOW NAME Also goes by TiVo COMEDY STYLE Suggests I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant as a program you might like. NUMBER OF VIEWERS 36 million homes SAMPLE JOKE ”Are you sure you want to delete I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!?”

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