The CW Austin cancels ‘ATX Uncensored(ish)’

Brian Gaar

Austin CW affiliate KNVA pulled the plug on news satire show “ATX Uncensored(ish)” Friday, the station confirmed.

The show, which debuted in September, aired weeknights at 9:45 p.m., offering viewers a satirical look at the news of the day.

Local standup comic and former American-Statesman reporter Brian Gaar served as host, joined by sidekicks Joe Barlow and Kath Barbadoro.

“We appreciate all the hard work and dedication the team has put into bringing a local comedy show to Austin,” said Eric Lassberg, president and general manager of KNVA and sister stations KXAN and KBVO. “The station is moving in a different direction and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. The CW Austin will continue to provide quality news and entertainment to Austin viewers.”

While KNVA evaluates options for the 9:45 p.m. time slot, Lassberg said reruns of “ATX Uncensored(ish)” will be shown.

In a post on Facebook, Gaar expressed gratitude for the chance to produce such a unique show and also thanked viewers for their support.

Here’s what he had to say:

“I wish it was a joke this time.

Guys, I’m sad to announce that ATX Uncensored(ish) is done. It’s a real bummer, but these things happen sometimes.

Even though it didn’t work out, I’m really, REALLY proud of the work we did. We made a daily comedy show with a staff of six people, which is insane. And, more often than not, it was pretty good!

Now I need to thank some people. Kath, Joe, Blaire, Dustin, Larissa (and Korey, our boss) are amazing and, while this is cliched as hell, I feel very lucky to have worked with such talented people. It was exhausting work that I don’t think anyone else will ever truly understand (unless you also work on a daily comedy show with a staff of six people, and if you do, God bless), but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Plus, more than anything, they were so much fun to just be around every day. All the times we cracked each other up. That’s what I’ll miss the most. Also, shout out to our interns. You guys were great, especially Michael.

I want to thank the station for giving us the opportunity. If I had to do this all over again, I would. I got to make a living doing comedy — it was just for a year, but still. Not a lot of people get to say that, and I feel very lucky to have done so.

Thanks also to our sponsors for taking a chance on us and supporting us. Especially Cap City, Game Over Videogames and Rain on 4th. You guys are the best. I will never forget you guys for making the show possible.

And most of all, thank you to the fans. Ultimately, this show was about trying to make you laugh, as much as we could. We tried our hardest, every day. And, man, you guys lifted us up more times than I can count. Every time I’d get stopped on the street by someone with a nice word, it made my day. And to the loyal folks who unfailingly showed up at our live events, you guys are our favorites. We love you all so much.

As for me, I don’t know what the future holds, but I know I can get on stage and tell jokes. So I’ll be performing at a stage near you, very soon (especially if you’re in Austin, but also elsewhere). And maybe I’ll start a podcast, maybe even tour a little bit. The future is wide open.

So stay tuned. And if anyone’s hiring, give me a shout!”


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