Josh Gad Cast Opposite Billy Crystal in ‘The Comedians’

Gad will play edgy comedian paired with Crystal on sketch show

Josh Gad has been cast opposite Billy Crystal in the FX pilot "The Comedians," in which he will play a young, edgy comic and Crystal a superstar veteran paired together for a late-night sketch show.

Gad, the Tony-nominated "Book of Mormon" star, appears in the new "Jobs" biopic and starred in NBC's "1600 Penn."

"The Comedians" comes from showrunners Larry Charles ("Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Matt Nix ("Burn Notice") and Ben Wexler ("Community, "Arrested Development") who are writers and executive producers, along with Crystal. Charles will direct the pilot.

The half-hour, single-camera comedy is produced by Fox Television Studios. It is based on a Swedish format of the same name from Stockholm-based Efti AB, whose Carl Molinder and John Nordling will also executive-produce.