Fox has put in development Birthright, a single-camera comedy from writer-comedian Joel Kim Booster, Jax Media and 20th Century Fox TV. The project is eyed for a potential summer run but could join the regular cycle.
Written by and starring Booster, Birthright is based in part on his real life. It centers on a child born in South Korea before being adopted by white, Midwestern evangelical parents. When it comes apparent to all involved that he’s gay, the young fish out of water goes in search of his birth mother in the hope they can reconnect.
Booster also co-executive produces the project, which originated as a presentation financed by Jax Media and penned by Booster. Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns executive produce for Jax Media. 20th Century Fox TV, whose brass liked the presentation and took the comedy in for development, is the studio.
Booster, who was named one of the New Faces at Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival this year, recently performed in the Fox Showcase. He has written on Billy On The Street and the pilot Problematic With Moshe Kasher. He also has penned episodes and appeared on web series Kam Kardashian. As an actor, he’s appeared on web series The Outs and feature And They Call It Puppy Love. His stand-up has been featured on Logo, Comedy Central’s 7 Minutes in Purgatory and Conan. He’s repped by APA and Omnipop Talent Group. Here is a clip of Booster in a recent appearance on TBS’ Conan: