Over the last few years it’s become obvious that FX is not taking its comedy programming lightly. The network’s latest move only reinforces their strategy, as they’ve announced they’ll be renewing their late-night offerings Russell Brand’s Brand X and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. And that’s not all: Brand X will shift from its current 30-minute format to a full hour! Viewers will get a taste of that during the show’s current season finale, where Sarah Silverman and new age philosopher Daniel Pinchbeck join the comedian for an hour special.
“We’re proud to have two of the most strikingly original and funny voices in late night as part of the FX comedy lineup,” said FX’s EVP of Original Programming Nick Grad. “Russell’s irrepressible energy and unique style have made Brand X a daring show where anything can happen. Kamau is one of the sharpest, smartest and funniest comedians in the business. The New York Times called him ‘the most promising talent in political comedy in many years,’ and we couldn’t agree more.”
Yeah, and three years ago, we called Bell “one of our country’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit and a willingness to say what you quickly realize you’ve always thought.”
Both shows will enjoy 13 new episodes, with Brand returning Feb. 7 at 11:30 pm ET and Bell returning on Jan. 17 at 11 pm ET. Who’s excited?