Comedy Central wants to turn comedian James Davis into its next homegrown star. The network has ordered a new series set to be created by and star Davis. His weekly show, still untitled, will premiere in January 2017.
Davis already stars in Comedy Central’s most-watched Snapchat original series, “Swag-A-Saurus with James Davis.”
Here’s how Comedy Central describes the new show: “Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, one block away from where ‘shit goes down,’ Davis will explore contemporary urban topics and share his perspective on the world he grew up in and the world he grew up next to through a unique, hybrid style of comedy that bridges the gap between urban and mainstream comedy.”
Davis created the show with Doug Karo, while Troy Miller and Stoney Sharp directed the pilot. Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray and Shawna Kornberg executive produce with Davis.
“James is the real deal – smart, funny and immensely likable,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said. “He will be a great addition to our diverse talent roster.”
On “Swag-A-Saurus,” Davis gives a weekly lesson about slang. He also is a regular guest on Comedy Central’s “@midnight” and was a writer on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” His credits also include Barack Obama and Kobe Bryant impressions in various “Funny or Die” videos.
“I look forward to leaving my imprint on Comedy Central’s already legendary catalogue of great shows,” Davis said. “I promise this show will be LIT!”