New sketch series premieres Jan. 31

Comedy Central has lined up its midseason schedule, with new sketch series “Key and Peele” set to premiere at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The net is clearly looking to give “Key” a good home — the series debuts between the preem of ratings evergreen “Tosh.0″ at 10 p.m. and the campaign-season kickoff on “The Daily Show” (“Indecision 2012″) at 11 p.m.

Russell Simmons and JB Smoove’s “Russell Simmons Presents The Ruckus” will first air on Thursday at 10 p.m.; Smoove is another talent the net is looking to promote with a standup special on Jan. 21. Comedy Central will air new standup specials on Saturdays in January, with Tom Papa on Jan. 8, Kevin Hart on Jan. 15 and John Mulaney on Jan. 28.

Late winter will see the March 14 return of “South Park” to its usual spot on Wednesdays at 10. The net’s Comedy Awards will be back May 6.

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