Comedian and actor Chris Rock just got an O.K. from FX for a new weekly half-hour late-night series which he will executive produce.
Stand-up comedian W. Kamau Bell will star in the currently titled, “Untitled Chris Rock/W. Kamau Bell Late Night Show” where he will cover politics, pop culture, race, religion, the media and sex. The network has ordered six episodes for a premiere this summer. FX executives were impressed with the project’s “terrific” presentation. FX also greenlighted Russell Brand’s “Strangely Uplifting,” set to premiere at 11 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. This will put FX on “really solid footing in the latenight arena.”
“Kamau is a tremendous young comedian who has a very smart and sharp take on life,” FX’s EVP Original Programming Nick Grad said. “Working with Chris will only bring out the best of his talents.”
Bell is a founding member of the comedy group Laughter Against the Machine and has been named San Francisco’s best comedian by SF Weekly. He is probably best known for his solo show “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.”
“I think Kamau is one of the funniest guys out there and I can’t wait to work with the good people at FX,” Rock stated.
The series is produced by FX Productions. Chuck Sklar and Bell are executive producing with Rock.
“Clearly this is a great opportunity,” Bell said. “I’m going to do my best to make the most of it. I feel lucky to be working with one of the greatest comedians of all time, Chris Rock, and the most forward-thinking network, FX.”
Check out some stand-up from Rock here, courtesy of YouTube: