More ‘Tough’ times for Comedy Central

Laff web renews Quinn talker through '04

Looks like “Tough Crowd” was an easy sell for Comedy Central.

Cable net has renewed the latenight talker “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn” for an additional season.

Order (26 weeks at minimum) keeps the show on the Viacom-owned cabler through the end of 2004.

“It is a big commitment for us, for the air time and financially. This shows our confidence that the show is building,” senior VP of programming and development Lauren Corrao told Daily Variety.

“Tough Crowd” bowed in March after a successful two-week test-drive in December. Hourlong talker has since averaged 500,000 viewers per seg, repping a 9% increase from the previous timeslot average.

“The television landscape is littered with falsely compassionate, hypocritical and pandering double standards that masquerade as intelligent and edgy,” Quinn said. “Comedy Central is giving us the opportunity to continue in that great tradition.”

Gotham-based skein, a round table discussion in which Quinn and fellow comedians sound off on the news of the day, airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30 p.m. after net flagship “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”

Quinn and Richard Korson exec produce “Tough Crowd.”