The FX network has greenlit a new weekly half-hour late night series exec-produced by Chris Rock, starring standup comedian W. Kamau Bell, in which he’ll “dissect politics, pop culture, race, religion, the media and sex.”
The network already ordered 6 episodes of the yet-to-be-titled series, and is looking to premiere it this summer.
Chris Rock will only be involved behind the scenes it seems; although a cameo appearance now and then probably isn’t out of the question.
“I think Kamau is one of the funniest guys out there and I can’t wait to work with the good people at FX,” Chris Rock said.
I’m not familiar with Bell’s standup work, but if Chris Rock (who I think is one of the smartest funniest comedians in the mainstream) says he’s “one of the funniest guys out there,” I’ll run with that.
Watch Bell work on stage below from his well-traveled show The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, which he’s performed for Comedy Central: