Comedy Central has signed comedian Anthony Jeselnik to a multi-platform development deal, the network announced Wednesday.
Under the terms of the deal, Jeselnik will star in and executive produce an as-yet-untitled half-hour series, which will bring him back to Comedy Central’s talk-show space following his short-lived late-night show, “The Jeselnik Offensive.”
According to the network, the previously unannounced six-episode series will use Comedy Central’s “vast library of stand-up as a springboard for conversation, insight and humor with well-known comics.”
Jesenik will also co-host the weekly podcast “The Jeselnik and Rosenthal Vanity Project” alongside the NFL Network’s Gregg Rosenthal beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11. It will center on the longtime friends’ shared appreciation for all things pro football.
A regular presence on Comedy Central Roasts and a judge on “Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle,” Jesenik has also teamed up with the Viacom network for the 2013 stand-up special, “Caligula.”
“Anthony’s sardonic humor and critical eye are a big part of what makes him such an incredible comedian,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, executive vice presidents and co-heads of talent and development for Comedy Central. “Those attributes are also why he’s a perfect fit for the host’s chair in his own series, the Roast Battle judge’s chair, and the podcast booth.”
“Sometimes the best move is a lateral move!” said Jeselnik.