IFC has picked up two new scripted comedy series to premiere back-to-back in June 2012 as a new comedy block : Comedy Bang!Bang! and Bunk (working title). They have ordered 10, half-hour episodes of each series.
“With popular shows like Portlandia and Todd Margaret currently on our air and now the addition of Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk, IFC is quickly becoming known as a destination for top comedic talent,” said Debbie DeMontreux, IFC’s senior vice president of original programming. “These shows fit perfectly with IFC’s mission to create fresh, original, off-kilter comedies, and we’re thrilled to add them to our 2012 line up.”
Comedy Bang!Bang! is based on Scott Aukerman (co-creator/director/producer, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis; writer/performer, Mr. Show)’s Podcast of the same name. It is a sketch variety show that features celebrity guests, comedy sketches and animation. The show is produced for IFC by Abso Lutely Productions; Aukerman, Dave Kneebone and Leo Allen serve as executive producers. Jennifer Caserta, Debbie DeMontreux, Christine Lubrano and Evan Shapiro serve as the executive producers.
Bunk (discovered at the 2010 New York Television Festival) is a game-show parody created by Ethan T. Berlin and Eric Bryant and hosted by award-winning stand-up comedian, Kurt Braunohler. The show features a rotation of comedian contestants playing comedy challenges.
It is produced for IFC by Avalon Television; Eric Bryant, Ethan T. Berlin, David Martin, Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner serve as executive producers. Kurt Braunohler and Dan Lubetkin serve as co-executive producers. Jennifer Caserta, Debbie DeMontreux, Erin Keating, Dan Pasternack and Evan Shapiro serve as the executive producers for IFC.