Comedy Central has given series orders to three new shows scheduled to join the network's roster in 2013, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, Head of Original Programming and Production, Comedy Central. The pick-ups include a weekly, topical series filtered through the dark and twisted mind of Anthony Jeselnik, and sketch series from razor sharp and unapologetic rising stand-up Amy Schumer and a sketch/man-on-the-street hybrid starring comedian Ben Hoffman.
"These three shows have one thing in common, and I dare viewers to watch every single episode to find out what it is," said Alterman.
Known to Comedy Central viewers from his blistering appearances on recent Roasts of Charlie Sheen (video clip) and Donald Trump, Anthony Jeselnik will bring his signature dark and twisted point-of-view to the network in his new untitled weekly topical series. Jeselnik, who recently taped a one-hour stand-up special for Comedy Central, "Anthony Jeselnik: Caligula," routinely goes where few comedians would even consider going and holds nothing back, saying things most wouldn't ever dare, all without the slightest hesitation.
"Money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money," said Jeselnik.
The mischievous Jeselnik, once dubbed "the Satanic prince of stand-up, a black-hearted joke slinger with a ferocious and unstoppable will to power" by the A.V. Club and "a bad man" (meant in the nicest way) by Conan O'Brien, has written for and appeared on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and has appeared on "John Oliver's New York Stand-up Show" (video clip). His comedy album, "Shakespeare," was released on Comedy Central Records in 2010 and named Comedy Album of the Year by Punchline Magazine. Jeselnik received an Emmy(R) nomination last year for Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music or Comedy Special for Comedy Central's "A Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education."
The untitled Anthony Jeselnik series is written and executive produced by Jeselnik and Head Writer Tom Johnson. Showrunner Krysia Plonka and Mosaic's Christie Smith are also Executive Producers. Jim Sharp and Monika Zielinska are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
Amy Schumer, who earned rave reviews for her scorching set during last year's "Roast of Charlie Sheen" (video clip), will star in a sketch series that will feature single-camera vignettes centered around a theme with Schumer playing heightened versions of herself. The vignettes will be linked together with stand-up footage.
"I am ecstatic to have a home at Comedy Central," said Schumer. "I feel like that network raised me. I love everyone there... though it may just be Stockholm syndrome."