UPDATE: 3:12 pm ET
When asked to give a little background on what the Buress-Hill project might look like, Buress told Laughspin this: “All I can say right now is that the head writer will be Ron Artest/Metta World Peace. I’m excited to see the direction that he takes the show in. He’s excited for the work because of the NBA lockout.” Always a jokester, that Hannibal (we hope).
High-profile comedy star Jonah Hill and quickly-rising stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress have inked a deal with Fox to co-write and produce a sitcom. Hill will also serve as an executive producer. The project will star Buress, whose debut album, My Name is Hannibal, ranked second in our 2010 list of the year’s best comedy albums.
“From the first time I saw Hannibal perform, I started banging down the door to be the person to help guide his unique voice and material to television,” Hill said, according to Deadline, who broke the news. “I feel lucky he chose me and my bosses at Fox.”
The Superbad star is also co-creator and voice of the titular character in the Fox animated comedy Allen Gregory that is set to debut on Oct. 30; he’s also busy promoting his upcoming comedy flick The Sitter.
“My initial dream was to write a show for Fox News, but Jonah convinced me we’d have a slightly better shot at normal Fox,” Buress said.
This will serve as Buress’ first starring role after writing stints on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, the latter on which he frequently had bit parts playing a homeless guy. He’s garnered a lot of press in the last year and for good reason. His stand up balances a cool, laid back demeanor with perfectly silly premises. Chris Rock, a noted fan, has said of him, “If Steven Wright, Mos Def and Dave Chappelle had a baby, that would be disgusting, but it would sound like Hannibal Buress.”
If you’re unfamiliar with Buress’ work, let’s check him out in action, shall we?
|Hannibal Buress – Burritos and Jesus|
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