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Server info
Status Active
Invite linkhttps://discord.gg/butt
FoundedJanuary 20, 2019 (CH1)
January 24, 2020 (CH2)[note 1]
DefunctJanuary 24, 2020 (CH1)[note 2]

I.C.U., or the Institution for the Criminally Unfunny (formerly Comedy Heaven), is an irony server with over 7,000 members that has been growing for 2+ years. Its relevance has taken a decline in the irony server community since its rebranding and disconnect from the r/comedyheaven subreddit. As a result, it has a distinct userbase, with most of its active users not overlapping with other irony servers.

History[edit | edit source]

Comedy Heaven 1 / Creation of CH2[edit | edit source]

The icon of the server while it was Comedy Heaven.

The first r/comedyheaven Discord server was created around October 2018, with it being opened on January 20, 2019.[1][2][3][4]

I.C.U. was originally founded as the second iteration of the r/comedyheaven discord server. The continuing tensions between omen, the owner of the first Comedy Heaven server (CH1), and many of the server/subreddit mods eventually cause them to officially move to a new server, moving the subreddit association with them. This server, known as Comedy Heaven 2, became the server known as I.C.U. that we see today. It was created by will h on July 26, 2019, later becoming the official server of r/comedyheaven on January 24, 2020. CH1 was eventually archived and its ownership was passed down to various admins until Veridis assumed ownership and ultimately deleted the archived server during the subreddit split.

May 1, 2020[edit | edit source]

This month marked a big change for the server and its moderation. Prior to the events of May 1st, will h had transferred ownership of the server to Edge, as the former had largely become inactive. Additionally, on May 1, 2020, a new wave of trial mods, including Willyum, sm0nky, nxc (known as bath at the time), over, and Cmaj7b11 were appointed.

Later that day, most of the members of the admin and mod team, as well as most of the older ch1 users, left the discord server following a mass burnout caused largely by drama surrounding the userbase's conflict with Nepu Phobia as well as accusations of mod abuse brought by nxc's leaks of the mod chat. Many of the users who left moved to other servers, some never returning.

After nxc was demoted from trial for aforementioned leaks, most of the team had left the server, and the remaining trial mods were immediately promoted to full mods in their place. What followed was great chaos and a turbulent transformation of the userbase from ch1 users to newer ch2 users. Throughout this chaos, Edge retained his ownership of the server.

By June, the server had mostly recovered and had promoted some new trial mods, one of which was Disco, the current owner.

The Subreddit Split (or The Rapture)[edit | edit source]

Veridis, who had inherited ownership from Edge in July, and most of the subreddit mod team had determined that the discord userbase was unreasonably low quality and almost irredeemable. On January 27, 2021, the admins of r/comedyheaven decided that it would be best for them to no longer have a Discord server. Disco and the discord mod team were given two options: delete the server entirely, or disconnect from the subreddit and rebrand the server, transforming it into a separate entity. The Discord mod team chose the latter. Therefore, the server was to be rebranded and would gain users from partnerships and vanity links with the absence of the subreddit. Before Veridis and the rest of the r/comedyheaven mod team left, Veridis nuked the rules channel, the sub channel, the announcement channel and anything else that was related to the subreddit. This was also when Veridis deleted Comedy Heaven 1. From here, Disco took ownership and has held the position ever since.

After The Split[edit | edit source]

After the split, known as "The Rapture" in the server, many prominent members left the server: mostly sub-affiliated users and like-minded users like Veridis.

Comedy Heaven was left in a temporary placeholder state, and the discussion channel was open to all users for a time. It was decided through a community vote to go with a sanatorium theme with the server, and on February 3, 2021, the server was renamed to the "Institution for the Criminally Unfunny" (commonly referred to as I.C.U. or icu). Two more events were hosted to decide on a server icon and vote emotes, ending on February 11th.

The server has since drifted away from affiliation with most other relevant irony servers. The userbase and culture in I.C.U. is unique and vibrant today.

Pages about Comedy Heaven / I.C.U.[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The first server was created around October 2018, and the second was created on July 26, 2019.
  2. Nuke date. Afterwards, the server was archived and later deleted on January 27, 2021.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Deleted User#0000 (January 26, 2020 at 8:00 UTC): "just think... how many friends I would have missed and laughs I wouldn’t have had... if I hadn’t gone to r/comedyheaven on January 20, 2019 and clicked a link...". I.C.U. #serious. Link
  2. aioliconviction (April 7, 2020 at 14:48 UTC): "Originally October 2018 iirc". I.C.U. #casual. Link
  3. danieldan0 (September 1, 2020 at 15:31 UTC): "January 20, 2019". I.C.U. #general. Link
  4. alice52 (July 18, 2023 at 12:39 UTC): "Ch1 was January 2019 and ch2 OPENED January 2020 although technically was created summer 2019". I.C.U. #general. Link