New York City’s Comedy Cellar will be the centerpiece of a new televised stand up series. Comedy Central announced on Tuesday that they have greenlit a series that looks inside the infamous Greenwich Village comedy club that has been an important part of the New York City comedy scene and received wider attention after Louis C.K. made the club’s infamous entrance, and stage an integral part of the opening of the show “Louie.” Being “passed” to be be a regular at the Cellar is considered a major career milestone, but perhaps more importantly, being accepted at the “comics table” (an unofficial green room located in the Olive Tree Restaurant which sits above the iconic club) is a sign for many comedians that they have made it.
Titled “This Week at the Comedy Cellar” the show will combine stand up comedy clips on ‘in-the-moment’ topics, as well as cut scenes to comedians talking or sometimes arguing about those same topics at the table.
Club owner Noam Dworman will serve as executive producer of the series along with Ray Ellin, Michael Hirschorn and Jessica Antonini, (both for Ish Entertainment) and Ian Gelfand. Christian McLaughlin and Anne Harris are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
Also announced on Tuesday, Comedy Central just greenlit a new sketch series from comedian Arturo Castro (Broad City, Narcos) titled “Alternatino with Arturo Castro”, and the network also gave the go ahead for five pilots- an animated comedy from Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, a pop culture series starring David Spade skewring all things social media, and three scripted series- one starring rapper Awkwafina, one from Rory Scovel about an overzealous church league basketball coach, and a series based on the real life friendship of Kevin Barnett and Josh Rabinowitz who you know from Broad City, The Carmichael Show, and truTV’s Friend of the People sketch show.