Comedy Central has been nailing down some great comedic talents this year, creating development deals and packages with comedians like Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, and Chris Distefano among others. The latest the join the prestigious rosters is Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr.
In addition to the ‘first-look’ deal Comedy Central is set to begin production on Wood’s third stand up special and a series pilot. Jefferson County: Probation is being shot in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama starting this May. Based on Wood’s early life, the pilot stars Wood as a probation officer willing to bend the rules to help the clients he monitors much to the chagrin of his partner and everyone else in his life. The pilot is written by Wood and Aaron McGruder (Boondocks, Black Jesus), executive produced by Wood, McGruder, Trevor Noah, and Mainstay Entertainment’s Norman Aladjem and Derek Van Pelt. The pilot will be directed by Millicent Shelton (Black-ish, Insecure, The Walking Dead).
The network also announced Wood will 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 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.”