Comedy Central Pulls Tonight’s ‘Alternatino’ Episode With Mass-Shooting Sketch After Gilroy Killings

Change of plans for Arturo Castro show comes two days after three people were killed in an active shooter situation in Northern California

Last Updated: July 30, 2019 @ 10:50 AM

The Comedy Central sketch show “Alternatino” is pulling tonight’s originally scheduled episode, “The Gift,” which includes a sketch with a mass-shooting theme, TheWrap has learned exclusively. Instead, the Viacom network will air next week’s original episode in its place and plans to run “The Gift” next week. The decision was made two days after three people were killed in an active shooter situation in Northern California.

In the sketch in question, comedian and show creator Arturo Castro plays a Guatemalan immigrant who is taking a “Welcome to the United States” class when his teacher cautions them about gun violence, including mass shootings. Castro’s character is in disbelief that shootings are so prevalent and seemingly random in the United States.

When reached by TheWrap, Comedy Central had no comment on the programming decision.

“Alternatino” is a sketch comedy show in its first season. Sketches on the show have explored topics like President Donald Trump’s aid to Puerto Rico after the 2017 hurricanes, Latino stereotypes and Latino representation in film and TV.

The show has been well-received by critics, with a current score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 63 on Metacritic.