Comedy Central has given a series order to a primetime TV show starring, created and executive produced by comedian James Davis, host of Swag-A-Saurus with James Davis, Comedy Central’s most-watched Snapchat original series and a regular guest on the network’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick.
The untitled project (fka Hood Adjacent), inspired by Swag-A-Saurus, shot a pilot written by Davis and Doug Karo and directed by Troy Miller and Stoney Sharp. Davis — born and raised in South Central Los Angeles,“hood-adjacent” — will explore contemporary urban topics and share his perspective on the world he grew up in through a unique, hybrid style of comedy that bridges the gap between urban and mainstream comedy. Davis executive produces the series, slated for a January 2017 premiere, with Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray and Shawna Kornberg.
“James is the real deal – smart, funny and immensely likable,” said Comedy Central president Kent Alterman. “He will be a great addition to our diverse talent roster.”
Added Davis: “I’ve dreamed about this moment since I fell in love with comedy. I’m excited to work with a network that embraces my point-of-view and purpose-driven comedy. I promise this show will be LIT!”
Davis is a comedian and writer who hosts a monthly stand-up show, Urban Dictionary, at the Nerdist Showroom in the back of Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. He’s also the star of weekly Snapchat series, Swag-A-Saurus with James Davis, on Comedy Central’s Discover channel, where he provides viewers a weekly lesson about some of today’s hottest slang, breaking down a term from the lexicon and enlightening fans to what they’ve been pretending to know all along. New episodes are currently posting every Monday, and the show will continue alongside Davis’ linear TV series. Davis previously was a writer on The Late Late Show with James Corden; appeared as a regular guest on Chelsea Lately; and was in several Funny or Die sketches, doing parodies Kobe Bryant and Barack Obama.
Davis is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, CAA and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
Comedy Central also recently picked up its pilot Corporate to series.