Robots taking over the world, a critic reviewing difficult life experiences, social networking, a closed-captioner gone wild, a music group trying to get discovered online and reviving a public affairs show from the 80's. These are just a few of the creative concepts coming out of COMEDY CENTRAL's 2011-2012 development slate announced today by Kent Alterman, Head of Original Programming and Production, COMEDY CENTRAL.
"There's nothing more compelling than describing comedy in short paragraphs and we believe the following descriptions convey comedy development at its finest," said Alterman. "Of course this may all be moot if television as we know it implodes, so just in case, we are producing these low-tech so they will be appropriate for the Web."
Projects in development range from sketch/variety to animated to scripted narrative and feature a combination of top comedic and up-and-coming talent including The Gregory Brothers, "The Daily Show's" Wyatt Cenac, Andrew Daly, Nathan Fielder, Anthony Jeselnik, Jeff Ross, and Amy Schumer, among others. In addition to the comedic talent involved with COMEDY CENTRAL's slate, the projects in development feature top producers including Avalon, Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico ("Robot Chicken"), Charlie Siskel ("Tosh.0"), 3Arts Entertainment and Mosaic Media Group.
Along with the series development, COMEDY CENTRAL is focusing on its stand-up offerings with new, originally-produced, one-hour specials from Todd Barry, Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, Jo Koy, John Mulaney, JB Smoove, Paul F. Tompkins, a new stand-up series from Russell Simmons titled "Russell Simmons Presents The Ruckus," as well as the return of "John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show."
COMEDY CENTRAL 2011-2012 DEVELOPMENT SLATE
SERIES IN PRODUCTION
"Key & Peele" - premieres Tuesday, January 31, 2012
In this original sketch-comedy show, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the fresh, relevant comedic actor-writers that are used to being on the outside looking in, will examine life in a provocative and irreverent way, through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments. Whether it's satirizing the President, spoofing Nazis, or ordering up some soul food, "Key & Peele" will showcase their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point-of-view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world. Executive produced by Key, Peele, Ian Roberts and Jay Martel. Eight episodes are set to premiere on Tuesday, January 31 at 10:30 P.M.
"The Nick Show Kroll" - premieres 3Q 2012
"The Nick Show Kroll" highlights Nick Kroll's incredible ability to transform himself into hilarious characters that pop off the screen while bringing many of his popular short-form favorites along for the ride. Sketches in the pilot episode included "The PubLIZity Girls," with Kroll and Jenny Slate as publicists on the verge of a breakdown; "The Ed Hardy Boyz," featuring Kroll as Bobby Bottleservice who, along with Peter Paparazzo (Jon Daly) solve mysteries for Christian Audigier, King of the Ed Hardy fashion empire; "Rich Dicks," which sees Kroll as Aspen Bruckheimer, son of Jerry, who, along with his old moneyed friend Wendy (Jon Daly) are rich, on the prowl and ready to party at a moments notice - oh yeah, they're also the biggest dicks in the world and man-on-the-street interstitials from Kroll's popular character Fabrice Fabrice. "The Nick Show Kroll" is executive produced and written by Kroll, John Levenstein ("Arrested Development") and Jonathan Krisel ("Saturday Night Live," "Portlandia"), who is also directing.
"Brickleberry" - premieres 4Q 2012
"Brickleberry," co-produced by Fox 21 and COMEDY CENTRAL, is based on a group of dysfunctional forest rangers at a national park that is facing closure until a new ranger comes in to whip everyone into shape and save the park. The series is created, written and executive produced by Waco O'Guin and Roger Black (MTV2's "Stankervision") and executive produced by Daniel Tosh ("Tosh.0"), who will also voice a character.
IN DEVELOPMENT (all titles listed are Working Titles)
This comedy, variety show brings the world of Twitter to life via the unique point-of-view of comedian and twitter extraordinaire, Rob Delaney. Delaney presents video and talks to remote guests as the show acts as a living, scrolling Twitter feed. Executive produced by Delaney and Avalon Entertainment's David Martin, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner and Kara Baker and co-executive produced by Avalon's Dan Lubetkin.
This single-camera comedy is based loosely on the life of man-child comedian, Matt Braunger. By day, Braunger works as a closed-captioner, transcribing TV shows for the deaf. By night, he tries to make-up for the short-comings of his job by living the most fulfilling night-life possible with his gnome-like roommate, played by comic/actor Kyle Kinane. Executive produced and created by Braunger and Brent Forrester ("King of the Hill," "The Office"), who will also direct, and executive produced by Avalon Entertainment's David Martin and co-executive produced by Avalon's Dan Lubetkin.
A sketch show in the form of a television network from the absurd point-of-view of comedian, Eugene Mirman ("Delocated," "Flight of the Conchords"). Executive produced by Mirman, Jon Watts and Chris Ford.
From "Auto-Tune the News" to the notorious Bed Intruder Song, The Gregory Brothers are bringing their comedic musical talent to COMEDY CENTRAL. This ensemble comedy features an up-and-coming music group trying to make it in the world of viral videos. Executive produced by The Gregory Brothers (Evan, Andrew, Michael and Sarah Gregory), Tom Scharpling, David Becky at 3Arts Entertainment and Peyton Reed ("The Break Up"), who also directed the pilot.