Comedian Juston McKinney inks development deal with Denis Leary’s Apostle and IFC

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Stand-up comedian Juston McKinney may be taking his web series Hosed to a new, cable television audience if all goes according to plan. McKinney signed a deal with Denis Leary’s production company Apostle, in which his Web series Hosed would be developed for IFC, which is looking to launch more original comedy content after the success of Portlandia and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.

The series, created, produced and written by McKinney and starring the likes of Gary Valentine (Kevin James’ brother), comedians Tom Shillue and Lenny Clarke (a close friend of Leary’s) was shot in 2010 and first posted on YouTube in early 2011. The series centers around with a volunteer fire department in the fictional town of Effingwoods, NH.

“Denis (Leary) saw it online and his production company reached out to me,” McKinney told Seacoastonline. “He actually sold it (to IFC) last March. We’ve been working on the development and getting the deal together since.”

McKinney may perform in the series, but he doesn’t seem to be interested in taking a lead role; instead he’d like to keep his duties mainly behind the screen. The pilot episode of the show is currently in rewrites, and it remains to be seen if the show will get the green-light from the network. McKinney made a name for himself after appearing on Blue Collar Comedy: The Next Generation in 2007; his half-hour Comedy Central special followed the next year and in 2010, he scored his own one-hour special, Middle Class-Hole on Comedy Central.

You can check out an episode of Hosed below.

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