NBC is developing a multi-camera comedy series from Wanda Sykes and The Game executive producer Kenny Smith to star Last Comic Standing winner Rod Man. Sykes and Page Hurwitz are producing through their Push It Productions banner, which is also behind the current Last Comic Standing revival on NBC.
The as-yet untitled project, from Universal TV, revolves around a successful comedian (Rod Man) who uproots his wife and daughter from L.A. to his hometown of Villa Rica, GA, to care for his strong-willed mother because, ironically, the stand-up comic is more stable and responsible than his self-important brother and materialistic sister.
Smith served as executive producer and showrunner on BET’s The Game and recently joined ABC’s Uncle Buck as co-executive producer. Smith also recently penned Rollin’ Thunder, which IM Global will produce later this year with Bille Woodruff (Honey) directing and Nelly and Nick Cannon producing alongside Republic Records.
Best known for winning the 8th season of Last Comic Standing, the Georgia native Rod Man (real name Rod Thompson) has appeared on The Tonight Show, the Today show, and performed at Caesar’s Palace, The Gibson Amphitheater and The Apollo. You can watch some of his standup below.
Smith is repped by APA, Circle of Confusion, and Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder, LLP. Man is repped by Innovative Artists and LEG.