Comedy Central UK has ordered a pilot for an as-yet untitled comedy-entertainment series which will be fronted by comedian Chris Ramsey, TVWise has learned.
The untitled pilot will feature Ramsey and guest comedians ‘taking a fast-paced look at the stories everybody has been talking about and sharing via social media`, via a mixture of regular and random games, pre-recorded items and audience interaction in an informal studio setting.
Independent production company Avalon Television is producing, with Mark Iddon on board as the producer. The executive producers are Richard Allen-Turner and Jon Thoday. The pilot is set to be shot in front of a live audience at the London Studios in early July.
“Chris is ingenious enough to have had pizza delivered to a moving train and incautious enough to have been arrested in his underpants”, said Louise Holmes, Comedy Central UK’s Vice-President of Programming, who helped develop the show with Head of Development Matt Tiller. “We await his pilot with a giddy mix of anticipation and fear.”
This pilot order is part of a concerted effort on the part of Comedy Central UK to boost the number of non-scripted original comedy series they air, after being heavily focussed on scripted development for the past few years. It comes after they previously green-lit a local version of non-scripted hit Drunk History and ordered a new series fronted by Russell Howard, also produced by Avalon, which is set to air later this year.