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Big Time in Hollywood, FL

Mar 2015
Big Time in Hollywood, FL

On March 25, 2015, this TV seriers about two amateur filmmaker brothers aired on the Comedy Central channel. In early March, advertisements for the series' debut on both Comedy Central's website and the show's Facebook page showed multiple scenes with a young chimpanzee "actor". The chimp who appears in the show is known as Eli and was provided for the series by Steve Martin's Working Wildlife, a company which trains exotic animals to perform in films, television, and advertisements.


Chelsea Lately

Nov 20, 2013
Chelsea Lately

A chimpanzee dressed in clothing, sitting in an arm chair appeared on the E! network late night comedy show Chelsea Lately. The chimp's appearance was made a joke, as the show's host, Chelsea Handler, pretended it was her assistant, Chuy.


Urban Tarzan

Mar 19, 2013
Urban Tarzan

In the premiere episode of Spike TV network's new series Urban Tarzan, a chimpanzee is depicted as a pet gone awry. John Brennan, known as a wild animal relocation specialist, arrives at a home where a chimpanzee in overalls, who is said to be intoxicated on cough syrup, is acting aggressively, vocalizing and destroying the home of his frightened owners. The situation, which is meant to appear as reality, intensifies when the chimp finds a gun.


Tosh.0

Mar 12, 2013
Tosh.0

In an episode of Comedy Central's Tosh.0, host Daniel Tosh performs a short skit with a chimpanzee, with whom he discusses exersising in prep for a fictitious monkey boxing match. The chimp is seen lounging beside a pool in swimming trunks, drinking a frozen cocktail, high-fiving Daniel Tosh. Tosh then makes a "joke" regarding monkeys only appearing in show business until the age of eight, at which time they remember they are monkeys and become violent.


Raising Hope: "Yo Zappa Do"

Jan 29, 2013
Raising Hope:

In this two-part Season 3 episode of the Fox comedy "Raising Hope", Hope and her parents take a road trip to Los Angeles to view a live taping of her favorite children's show.  In Part 1, which aired January 29th, the family visits the mansion of the show's star, who lives with a baby chimpanzee.  Another, older chimp then appears on the set of the children's show, wearing a "Yo Zappa Do" tshirt in Part 2, which aired February 5th.


The Fresh Beat Band: "Chimps in Charge"

Nov 11, 2011
The Fresh Beat Band:

In season 3 of Nick Jr's TV show "The Fresh Beat Band," a group of kids known as "the Fresh Beats," help their friend Harper babysit a pair of chimpanzees (1 male, 1 female).  The chimpanzees are dressed up in pajamas and a frilly pink dress, then try to escape the 'babysitters' by climbing into a tree.


According to Jim

Nov 10, 2011
According to Jim

In the 24th episode of According to Jim's 4th season, they aired a short clip of a chimpanzee opening a cell phone and pretending to 'talk' into it.  Human grunting noises were played in place of the chimpanzee's vocalizations.


Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Aug 24, 2011
Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Footage of a chimpanzee "actor" named Louie appeared on an episode of Ripley's Believe It or Not to amaze viewers with his skateboarding abilities. Louis, who has appeared in a number of films including MVP: Most Valuable Primate (2000), MVP2: Most Vertical Primate (2002) and Spymate (2003), has been trained to skateboard, snowboard and ice skate for entertainment purposes. He is now retired from the entertainment industry and is currently living at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.


Drop Dead Diva: "A Mother's Secret"

Jul 25, 2010
Drop Dead Diva:

First aired on the Lifetime Network in 2009, "Drop Dead Diva" is a legal comedy series about a reincarnated lawyer. In this episode, two of the main character's colleagues represent both sides in a dueling couple's custody battle over a pet chimpanzee.


Last Comic Standing

Jul 5, 2010
Last Comic Standing

Last Comic Standing is a weekly contest of stand-up comedians airing on NBC.  At the start of the semifinals in season 7, during the opening monologue featuring host Craig Robinson, a chimpanzee "actor" is shown smoking a cigar and operating the light display.