EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central has ordered a pair of new sketch-based series for its 2012 lineup: The Nick Show Kroll, featuring the stand-up comic, and an untitled series starring MadTV alum Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. “I haven’t seen either pilot yet, but I think so highly of the talent involved, I can’t imagine the shows won’t be great,” said Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s head of original programming and production.
Kroll, whose one-hour stand-up special aired on the network in January, is executive producing and writing his series with John Levenstein and Jonathan Krisel, who is also directing. Based on the pilot presentation ordered back in May 2010, the premiere episode features “The PubLIZity Girls,” with Kroll and Jenny Slate as publicists on the verge of a nervous breakdown while arranging a swanky event for a client; “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; Kroll as an inappropriate basketball ref who tries to hang out with the players after the game; and “Rich Dicks,” which sees Kroll as Aspen Bruckheimer, son of Jerry, who, along with his old-moneyed friend Wendy (Daly) are rich, on the prowl and ready to party at a moment’s notice.
The untitled Key-Peele project sees the pair in front of a live studio audience bantering about a topic weaved between filmed shorts and sketches. The topic in the pilot is lying, which gives way to skits involving Lil’ Wayne, President Obama and a reality cooking competition chef who is impossible to read. Key and Peele are executive producing with Ian Roberts and Jay Martel.