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Jason Mantzoukas sets film & TV projects

Feb 19, 2015

Jason Mantzoukas Sets Film & TV Projects'

Jason Mantzoukas, who has been juggling acting and writing, has sold 2 projects: a feature action comedy pitch I've Got Your Girlfriend to 20th Century Fox and a workplace comedy to FX. I've Got Your Girlfriend, which is being produced by the Chernin Co., Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan, was one of first pitches bought by Jeremy Kramer, Fox's new EVP of production. It stems from Mantzoukas and Nandan's desire to do an action comedy in the tradition of Beverly Hills Cop and Die Hard and from their obsession with the 2008 action thriller Taken starring Liam Neeson as a former spy searching for his abducted daughter. "What if we did a comedy version of that?," Mantzoukas said about the origin of the idea. "Liam is a trained assassin. What if you or me got that call? What would we do? We would get our asses kicked." In I've Got Your Girlfriend, only the central character will be comedic, with the rest envisioned as a Jason Bourne-type action.

Mantzoukas' first produced script was buddy comedy half-hour Off Duty, which was picked up to pilot at NBC starring Bradley Whitford and Romany Malco. Mantzoukas executive produced the 2009 pilot with Armstrong and Nandan, while Adam Bernstein directed it. It didn't make the cut to series but the four loved working together and have reunited for Ambulance Chasers, a workplace comedy about personal injury attorneys in the works at FX. The project takes a "down and dirty" approach to the classic courtroom genre by moving away from the glitzy high-end law firms and focusing on street-mall attorneys featured in local TV commercials. The project expands Mantzoukas' existing relationship with FX where he has recurred on the comedy series The League. In addition to his writing gigs (he is also a writer-producer on Rob Corddry's Cartooon Network series Childrens Hospital, working on its 3rd season, and did a rewrite on New Line's action comedy Ride Along starring Ice Cube), Mantzoukas has been busy on the acting side as well. In addition to The League, he has a major recurring arc on HBO's upcoming Mike White/Laura Dern comedy series Enlightened as well as a guest appearance on NBC's Parks & Recreation. Manzoukas, repped by CAA and Mosaic, came out of the New York comedy scene and first made a name for himself as an Upright Citizens Brigade player.
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Pete Holmes, Kyle Kinane, Natasha Leggero, Chelsea Peretti on Comedy Central's Hot List 2010

Feb 19, 2015

Comedy Central's Hot List 2010

What winter cold? These comedians are bringing the heat!
Check out the world premiere of Comedy Central's Hot List debuting Sunday, December 5 at 10:00 P.M.

NEW YORK, November 16, 2010 -- Comedy Central is unleashing a new Hot List of its star comics upon the world! See who makes the cut in the World Premiere of Comedy Central's Hot List, debuting Sunday, December 5 at 10:00 p.m.

With the success of 2009's Hot List, which included white-hot comedians Aziz Ansari, Donald Glover, Nick Kroll and Whitney Cummings, Comedy Central is proving its prophetic prowess yet again by rolling out a bevy of break-through talent that audiences will soon have to reckon with. Comedy Central has picked seven of the hottest comedians who have been on a hot streak in the clubs, on the Internet, in films and on television. This year's cream of the comedic crop includes Pete Holmes (John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, Comedy Central Presents), Reggie Watts (Michael & Michael Have Issues), Chelsea Peretti (Comedy Central Presents, The Sarah Silverman Program), Kurt Metzger (Ugly Americans, Comedy Central Presents), Kyle Kinane (Comedy Central Presents, Last Call with Carson Daly), Natasha Leggero (Comedy Central Presents, Ugly Americans, Last Comic Standing) and Owen Benjamin (The House Bunny, Comedy Central Presents). Comedy Central's Hot List includes interviews with the comedians as well as clips from their various performances and day-in-the-life footage captured with a self-recorded flipcam. Tune in Sunday, December 5 at 10:00 p.m. to see why Comedy Central elevated these comedians to Hot List status!

Leading up to the premiere, facebook.com/JOKES and twitter.com/jokesdotcom will feature exclusive footage from the comedian roundtables and Jokes.com will feature previews from the special.
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CBS developing comedy starring Rob Riggle

Feb 19, 2015

CBS Developing Comedy Starring Rob Riggle And Written by Robert Smigel

CBS loves Rob Riggle. For a third consecutive development season, the network has made finding a starring vehicle for the former Daily Show correspondent a priority. CBS is in negotiations for a half-hour comedy project from Saturday Night veteran Robert Smigel to which Riggle is attached to star. The untitled comedy centers on a gregarious guy (Riggle) who winds up as a real estate agent working for the nerd he made fun of in high school. The project was pitched straight to the network and will be laid off at sister studio CBS TV Studios. Smigel, Riggle, Peter Principato and Paul Young are executive producing.

Riggle is under his third consecutive talent holding deal at CBS. Under his previous two, he recurred on the network's comedy Gary Unmarried and starred in last season's pilot Team Spitz, which came close to a series order, largely based on Riggle's performance. I hear that this development season CBS has already bought several other comedy pitches with Riggle in mind, but the Robert Smigel comedy is the only one he is formally attached to. The project reunites CAA-repped Riggle and Smigel who crossed paths during Riggle's season-long stint on SNL in 2004-05. Riggle, who guest starred on NBC's Chuck on Monday, just wrapped Tom Hanks' Larry Crowne and is currently shooting Working Title's Everybody Loves Whales. He is managed by Principato Young. Smigel is making his feature writing debut with the upcoming Jack and Jill toplined by another SNL alum, Adam Sandler.
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