Comedy Central has signed a multi-show deal with Russell Howard which will see the comedian front two major new shows for the channel.
The channel has ordered three series, each 10 episodes long, of a new stand-up show to be hosted by Howard which will see him perform his own exclusive material as well as introduce two additional acts per episode.
Series one will be recorded later this year in Camden for transmission early to mid-2015.
In addition, a new six-part “adventure comedy” will follow Howard on his next tour of the US. Production will take place during 2016 with broadcast scheduled later that year.
The deal also includes pay TV rights to all past series, plus the forthcoming series nine and 10, of Russell Howard’s Good News, and the broadcast rights to all four of Howard’s stand-up specials
Jill Offman, MD Comedy Central UK & SVP Comedy VIMN, said: “Ever since I saw Russell Howard’s live stand up show five years ago, it has been my dream to get him on Comedy Central.
“The whole team loves his work and he has massive appeal with our audience. To be able to broadcast his work across several genres: an exclusive stand-up series from here in Camden, comedy travelogues, his popular stand-up and the library for Russell Howard’s Good News is great news for us and our viewers, plus it further demonstrates our commitment to UK content.”
Russell Howard added, “I’m massively looking forward to these shows with Comedy Central. Should be a hoot.”