Back in April, Punchline Magazine reported on the announcement of TBS’ upcoming Chicago comedy festival, AKA TBS Presents a Very Funny Festival: Just For Laughs. Now, the network plans to take it one step further. The self-described “Very Funny” cable channel has just announced plans to launch a late night stand-up T.V. series, hosted by Tim Meadows.
The show will use footage taped at the aforementioned festival. The show’s 10 episodes will be made up of sets from 30 comedians who appeared at Chicago’s Zanies Comedy Club.
“This series demonstrates how our comedy festivals are more than just first-rate showcases through which we can extend the TBS brand,” says Dennis Adamovich, TBS’ senior vice president and general manager of comedy festivals. “They are also an outstanding opportunity to mine fresh talent for the network’s comedy lineup.”
The TBS festival will also fuel full-fledged specials by Ellen Degeneres, Martin Short and David Alan Grier.