Fresh off of reprising his role as sportscaster Champ Kind in the film 'Anchorman 2,' actor/comedian David Koechner is getting ready to do something he's never done before: topline his own TV show.
According to Deadline, Koechner is joining forces with NBC to create an hour-long sketch comedy pilot for the network, one which he would both executive produce and star in. The project came about after former Comedy Central executive turned producer Lou Wallach decided he wanted to develop a sketch comedy series as part of his overall deal with NBC affiliated Universal Television. Wallach then tapped his former colleague Koechner to serve as the onscreen face of the show, with both men subsequently pitching the idea to NBC brass.
Koechner has a long history with sketch and improv comedy, performing with Chicago's prestigious Second City troupe in the mid '90s. From there, Koechner spent a year as a cast member on 'Saturday Night Live,' reuniting him with old friend Adam McKay and introducing him to Will Ferrell. The trio would go on to make several films together, including 'Anchorman.' Koechner also spent a year as part of the rotating cast of sketch performers on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien.'
Interestingly, Koechner is not the only 'SNL' alum to receive an NBC pilot order recently. Maya Rudolph is also headlining her own sketch comedy pilot for the peacock. Thankfully, the two shows are not seen as being in competition with one another for a spot on the schedule.