In comedy nerd circles, he’s already a force – especially if you follow him on Twitter or more recently, Vine – but now comedian Brody Stevens is poised to become a bona fide comedy star. Comedy Central announced today it has inked a deal with the Los Angeles-based comedian to create 12 episodes of Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!, to be executive produced by Stevens’ longtime friend Zach Galifianakis.
If the project sounds a bit familiar, it’s because a lower-budget version of the show has existed on HBO.com as six, 15-minute episodes. The Comedy Central version will incorporate that existing footage into the full episode run, which will also be digital but will be increased to 30-minute episodes.
Enjoy It! will play out as the network’s first ever dramedy and will follow the aftermath of Stevens’ very public psychological meltdown he suffered almost two years ago. Since that time, dedicated comedy fans have enjoyed watching, via social media and his live stand-up, the comic’s new outlook on life, which, at times, includes ultra-positive affirmations in the form of Tweets and hashtags like “#PositiveEnergy.”
The series will feature appearances from Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (among others) as Stevens attempts to mend friendships and come to grips with himself. In addition to documentary-type footage, viewers will also be privy to Stevens on stage performing stand-up; animation will also be peppered throughout each episode. The show is scheduled to premiere this summer.
Stevens will also be seen on Comedy Central in his first comedy special as part of the network’s The Half-Hour series in addition to a 17-episode Web series called Push and Believe, which follows his fellow Half Hour comedians as they prepare for their specials. It’ll be broadcast on the network’s rapidly developing digital brand CC: Studios, alongside Enjoy It!