Modern Family's stranglehold on Wednesday night comedy had to come to an end eventually. Since ABC's award-winning sitcom airs at 9 p.m. EST, though, it's not in direct competition with Comedy Central's all-new Wednesday night lineup, starting with the return of Workaholics at 10 p.m. and The League co-star Nick Kroll's new one-man sketch program, Kroll Show (10:30 p.m. EST). Still, the excitement we used to reserve for funny hotties Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen is slowly, surely diminishing thanks to Comedy Central's prime time lineup.

Tonight will provide the latest reminder that, when it comes to free-wheeling humor, the all-laughs cable channel is second to none. For superb dramas, there's HBO and AMC, and for quirkier, darker genre shows, you've got FX, but the jokes remain on Comedy Central. First launched way back in April 1991, the network has carved its own, reliable niche with frequent stand-up specials, re-runs of beloved cult favorites like Kids in the Hall and juggernauts like Saturday Night Live, and daring, mostly memorableĀ original programming (feel free to keep forgettingĀ David Alan Grier'sĀ Chocolate News).

As Workaholics and Kroll Show get set to incite chuckles, we take a look back at their shared channel's legacy of laughter. Here are The 25 Funniest Comedy Central Shows of All Time.

Written by Matt Barone (@MBarone)