Moshe Kasher to Create and Star in Showtime Dark Comedy
Stand-up comedian Moshe Kasher has lead an interesting life. He encapsulates some of his trials and tribulations in hilarious fashion in his 2012 memoir 'Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient... and then Turned Sixteen.' Based on the success of Kasher's stand-up specials coupled with the material from his memoir, Showtime has put together a project with Kasher that will be a dark comedy based on his life. Oh, and Kasher--who's acting background is sporadic--will be starring in the show.
But here's where things get confusing: the project will reportedly chronicle Kasher's teenage years in Oakland in the 1990s when his deaf mother struggled to raise him by herself. But Kasher is attached to star in the project, and he is presently in his mid-thirties. I'm expecting an 'Everybody Hates Chris'-style project with Kasher narrating over a teen actor, playing his younger self.
Kasher will be writing and executive producing the project as well, so you can expect full creative control to be his. The tone of the show will be like his stand-up: dark and edgy, not holding back. Showtime definitely seems the appropriate place for it. What's strange is that Kasher's greatest strength as a comic is his ability to banter with a live audience, so time will tell how his writing translates to the screen. He has previously written episodes of 'The New Normal' so he isn't completely new to the medium.
Check out some of Kasher's audience banter below (warning: coarse language):