Nate Bargatze’s life could become the inspiration for a new sitcom, and Variety reported on Wednesday that Jerrod Carmichael is attached to co-write and co-executive produce the series with Bargatze. The pair have teamed up to develop the sitcom for Fox, which has ordered a put pilot. According to Variety.com, The sitcom will center on Bargatze’s move back to Tennessee after his stand up career began to take off, and focus on the difficulty of being caught between his wife and his parents. Also on the writing team, are NYC comedian Dan Shaki as well as Ari Katcher who is a long time collaborator of Carmichael’s, who co-created, wrote and produced for The Carmichael Show as well as Jerrod’s hour special.
Bargatze’s stand up career has been exploding- he’s a frequent performer on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (he currently holds the record for stand up appearances), and as we said in our recent ‘Up Next’ profile, he’s just beginning to hit his stride. Bargatze was one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2015, and that same year our readers picked Nate as Comedian of the Year by an overwhelming majority.
This is the second project that Carmichael is developing for Fox; the network also announced an order for a sitcom based around comedian Lil Rel Howery who was Jerrod’s co-star on The Carmichael Show. Also on board to help create the fictionalized series, are Josh Rabinowitz and Kevin Barnett, who both broke out with Lil Rel on the truTV sketch series Friends of the People. The fictionalized series will follow Rel as a divorced, long distance single father whose “believe in yourself” attitude is tested after he discovered his wife was having an affair with his barber. His quest for new love, and a new barber will take place on the West Side of Chicago.
Both projects are part of an overall deal that Carmichael signed with 20th Century Fox Television.