Dane Cook Developing Comedy for NBC

Top non-comedian’s comedian is working on half-hour project as part of his overall talent deal

Dane Cook is following the advice of fellow comic genius Steve Martin's and getting small. At least, in terms of the medium on which he'll ply his craft.

The "Good Luck Chuck" star has signed an overall talent deal for NBC, and is developing a half-hour comedy for the network, targeted for next season, NBC confirmed.

This marks a dramatic shift for Cook, who's often lovingly referred to as "America's funnyman."

The comedy series will be the "Mr. Brooks" star's first regular TV gig since a recurring voice role on Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers." (Cook did, however, guest-star on an episode of CBS's revamped "Hawaii Five-0" in February.)