Comedy Central is getting Doug with “High.” The cable network has ordered the new series “The High Court,” a daily show starring comedian Doug Benson as he smokes weed, gets high, then rules on real small claims court cases.
The show is loosely based on Benson’s YouTube series “Getting Doug with High.” Benson is also a regular on Comedy Central’s late-night series “@midnight.”
“The High Court” (or “THC,” natch) will air as a daily 15-minute series. Comedy Central hasn’t said yet whether the show will be stripped with another 15-minute show (or be paired with two segments back-to-back), or how many episodes have been ordered. The show is being eyed for a late-night run.
According to Comedy Central, both parties who bring their dispute to “The High Court” to have it settled by “Judge Doug” have agreed in advance to the show’s unusual concept. In each episode, Benson will hear both sides of the case – then retire to his chambers to get stoned with a guest bailiff. He’ll then deliberate and make his decision, which indeed is binding.
Comedy Central president Kent Alterman announced the show, which will premiere in early 2017. “I never knew Doug got high, until one time I saw him, and he wasn’t,” Alterman said.
Benson executive produces “The High Court” with Daniel Kellison, Ben Silverman, Howard Owens and Kevin Healey.
The comedian’s previous series include Comedy Central’s “The Benson Interruption.” He has also released four Comedy Central Records recordings. JASH and Propagate are producing the new show with Comedy Central.