As a way of furthering the network's alt-comedy brand as well as presumably test-driving on-air hosts, IFC's launching an "Adopt-A-Comic" program in which a comedian will temporarily take on the role of on-air host, web content provider and potential source of programming.
The first comic IFC's picked for this role is Chris Gethard, who hosts the Manhattan public access series "The Chris Gethard Show" and was the lead of the ill-fated 2010 Comedy Central sitcom "Big Lake."
In addition to hosting on-air programming and producing online content, Gethard's developing a comedy series for which the network's ordered a pilot script, one based on his book "A Bad Idea I’m About To Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure," published earlier this year. Per the publisher's description:
Chris Gethard has often found himself in awkward situations most people, including you, probably would have safely avoided. The good news is now, thanks to this book, you can enjoy the painfully funny consequences of his unfortunate decisions at a safe distance. A Bad Idea I'm About to Do invites readers to join Chris as he navigates an adolescence and adulthood mired in hilariously ill-fated nerdom, and to take comfort in the fact that—as his experiences often prove—things could always be much, much worse.
Nerdiness and awkwardness -- so hot right now. IFC recently wrapped the first seasons of alt-comedy series "Comedy Bang! Bang!" and "Bunk." Sketch series "Portlandia" returns for a third season in January. Here's a look at "The Chris Gethard Show":