EXCLUSIVE: This is the dream of every public access show: New York’s cult weekly program The Chris Gethard Show will be making the leap from the local Manhattan Neighborhood Network to Comedy Central. The cable network has ordered a pilot for TCGS, a live, interactive call-in show with roots at the UCB Theater NY, which blends talk, variety and game elements. It will be produced by Funny Or Die, looking to repeat the success it’s had with another Comedy Central talk show, new late-night entry @midnight, which was just picked up for 40 weeks. Brillstein Entertainment Partners is co-producing, with Gethard and Zach Galifianakis exec producing alongside Funny Or Die’s Will Ferrell, Owen Burke, Adam McKay and Mike Farah as well as Brillstein’s Brian Stern. TCGS, whose episodes often are based on original bits, has featured such guests as Galifianakis, Sean Combs, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, John Mulaney, Bobby Moynihan and Andrew WK. The show also is known for championing the Brooklyn music scene and New York’s fringe artists and oddballs.
Said Funny Or Die: “This is awkward to admit, but Adam and Will have no idea who Chris Gethard is. Just heard a lot of buzz about him. And if there’s one thing Adam and Will do, it’s follow buzz. Have you heard about this whole energy drink thing?” Ferrell and McKay, of course, know Gethard well — he starred in their Comedy Central series Big Lake. Here is a highlight reel of some TCGS‘ bits, guests and music performances. Gethard is repped by Gersh, attorney Isaac Dunham and Brillstein.