Daniel Tosh Leaving Comedy Central? Not Anytime Soon

by | January 5, 2011 at 8:35 PM | TV News

Daniel Tosh (Comedy Central)

Daniel Tosh (Comedy Central)

With a third season of his hit Comedy Central clip show “Tosh.0″ returning January 11 (catch up with the previous season on XFINITY On Demand), Daniel Tosh seems poised to diversify his TV interests.

“I would love to leave Comedy Central,” Tosh said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. “But just not anytime soon.”

Tosh dismissed acting ambitions, a la Joel McHale, who pulls double duty as host of “The Soup,” and stars in NBC’s “Community.” “I’m not a good actor,” Tosh confessed. “I can play myself and a much gayer version of myself. That’s about my range.”

The comedian, who worked the stand-up circuit for 15 years before landing “Tosh.0,” is interested in staying behind the scenes as a producer. “I would love to hopefully get the opportunity to create more shows for Comedy Central — or whoever says they’ll buy them.”

Last season, Tosh’s show delivered record ratings, building to a high of 2.7 million viewers while averaging 1.8 million. It was the most watched show in its timeslot among males 18-24 and 18-34. The key to his success? “We say what we want to say,” he said. “We try to push it as far as we can and see what happens.”

What about the occasional backlash from people who don’t appreciate his use of random and often unsavory Internet videos as a comedy backdrop? “I’m not a misogynistic, racist person,” he said. “Yet I do find those jokes funny.”

Tosh proudly brands himself an equal opportunity offender. “I’ll make fun of anything,” he said. “I’m not up there preaching or anything. My goal has never been to offend people — but I’m not going to hold back.”

Season 3 of Tosh.0 premieres Tuesday, January 11 at 10/9c on Comedy Central.