NBC Commits To Relationship Comedy From Standup Comedian
In a rare pilot deal for a standup comedian, Tommy Johnigan has landed a script commitment from NBC for a relationship comedy.
Co-written with Mike Pennie (My Name Is Earl), the untitled project is based on Johnigan's life and standup comedy. It will depict the evolution of a modern relationship, where moving in together, getting married, and having a baby don’t always happen in that order. After dating for a year, a couple decides to take the next step and move in together, but they quickly learn that they'll be skipping a step or two when they find out that she's pregnant.
A standup comedian since the age of eighteen, Johnigan is no stranger to NBC, as he finished second on the seventh season of the network's reality series Last Comic Standing. The young comic has also made five appearances on CBS's The Late Show With David Letterman. Below is a video of his most recent visit to the Ed Sullivan Theater in May.
Throughout the 1980s and '90s, standup comedians dominated the television sitcom landscape. Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, and Ray Romano all spawned successful comedy series that were based on the material in their standup routines, but the trend has cooled off in the last decade. Louie CK is the most recent standup to earn accolades for starring in his own show.
Are there any other comedians who you feel are deserving of their own TV show?