Comedian and actor Chris Gethard has a new home on IFC thanks to the network’s new Adopt-A-Comic program, in which they spotlight comics who share their “slightly off” credo. In their own words: “IFC has decided to adopt a comic every year. That’s right, we will get to hang around with this ‘adopted comic’ all year, because he is sort of like family. This is our first year of bestowing the special honor and the first IFC Adopt A Comic 2012 is Chris Gethard.”
IFC has ordered a pilot script based off Gethard’s book A Bad Idea I’m About To Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure. In addition to the possibility of a full series, Gethard will host on-air programming blocks, create Web content for the network and be featured in promos– and IFC will promote his show, podcast and book through on-air, online and live events.
Aside from his wildly hilarious and weird weekly show which streams live every Wednesday night, Gethard starred in the short lived Comedy Central series Big Lake, from creators Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Lew Morton. A Bad I’m About To Do was praised by the likes of Ira Glass, Amy Poehler and Patton Oswalt, and was named one of the ten books to read for the month of January this year buy Huffington Post.
Below, check out a glimpse into Gethard’s life pre-adoption and see why he so badly needed IFC to take him under their wing