• Comedy Central is all-in on Roy Wood Jr.; orders new comedy special, TV show, web series

    Roy Wood Jr. doing stand-up comedyComedy Central wants a whole lot more of Roy Wood Jr. The network announced Thursday a comprehensive “first look” development deal with the comedian. The deal includes plans for a pilot, a new one-hour stand-up special, and an original digital series.

    The veteran stand-up and former Daily Show correspondent’s deal includes production on Wood’s new pilot, Jefferson County: Probation, which shoots in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama this May. Wood wrote the pilot with Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder. Based on Wood’s early life, the pilot stars him as a probation officer willing to bend the rules to help those he monitors much to the chagrin of his partner and everyone else in his life.

    Comedy Central will also produce and air his third one-hour stand-up special. His second special, Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You premiered as part of Comedy Central’s Stand-Up Month in January and became the network’s highest-rated original stand-up premiere since his February 2017 one-hour, Roy Wood Jr.: Father Figure. Basically, viewers at home love seeing Wood on Comedy Central.

    Wood will also write and star in an original digital series for Comedy Central titled The Night Pigeon, the story of a black superhero with minimal powers fighting the biggest villains in his community, The Gentrifiers.

    Roy Wood Jr. gets long overdue payday

    “Roy is the ultimate multi-hyphenate. His top-notch skills as a stand-up comic, performer, writer, and producer continue to amaze us—and he does it all while being one of the kindest humans in the business,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Executive Vice Presidents and Co-Heads of Talent and Development, Comedy Central. “His wry, observational humor speaks to social and political change and we’re so excited to have Roy join an incredible roster of talent who have chosen to make Comedy Central their home.”

    Wood has been tirelessly working as a comic for decades since his days in radio as a prank caller and his breakthrough appearance on the seventh season of Last Comic Standing. This latest announcement from Comedy Central is a culmination of hard work and talent from one of the best working stand-up comics.

    “Humor that also explores the human condition is the most meaningful, but can sometimes be the most challenging,” said Wood. “The Daily Show has answered that call numerous times, and I am excited to tell new stories with Mr. McGruder who is no stranger to these waters. Excited to tell these stories in a new place (Birmingham) and even more excited to go on this journey with an African-American woman director at the helm. Comedy Central has proven to me to be the right place to take on this challenge. Also, my mom has a long list of chores for me to do. So it’ll be kinda cool to shoot at home.”

    Allison Kilkenny

    Allison Kilkenny is a writer and performer living in NYC. She is a contributor at Reductress, a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and the host of the political-comedy podcast Light Treason News (lighttreason.news)

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