FX has ordered a comedy series based on the life of rapper and comedian Dave Burd, known best by his stage name Lil Dicky, starring Burd himself.
Kevin Hart will executive produce the untitled series, which follows a suburban guy in his late 20s who becomes convinced he’s destined to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he might actually convince the world.
“Not only has Dave Burd cemented his place in the rap community, but he’s now poised to take over TV with his infectious comedic sensibility in his own series,” Nick Grad, president original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have partnered with an impressive creative team featuring Jeff Schaffer, Saladin Patterson, Kevin Hart, Greg Mottola and Scooter Braun to bring the story of Lil Dicky to TV audiences.”
The series is co-created by Burd and Jeff Schaffer, with Hart, Saladin Patterson, Greg Mottola, Marty Bowen, Mike Hertz and Scooter Braun as executive producers. The series is Harts first TV project since he dropped out as Oscars host after past homophobic tweets were uncovered.
Burd first took on the moniker of “Lil Dicky” with his viral video, “Ex-Boyfriend” in 2013. His most recent single, “Freaky Friday” has garnered more than 1 billion streams and has gone multiplatform in more than 15 countries.
Added Burd, “I’m so thankful for everyone who made this possible, it really is what I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. I love making people laugh, it’s my favorite thing ever. And even though I’m still fully in love with and committed to my career as a rapper, I’m excited to write jokes that don’t need to rhyme every time. Ugh, that rhymed.”