Comedy Central UK has given the greenlight to a new interactive comedy series starring English stand-up comedian Chris Ramsey. With the working title Feeding Chris Ramsey, the series is being produced by Avalon Television.
Following a successful pilot, a full eight by 30-minute episode series of Feeding Chris Ramsey will be shot in front of a live studio audience at the London Studios this fall. It will feature the titular comedian, guest comedians and a celebrity taking an in-depth look at the stream of random stories sent to Ramsey on his social media feeds via a mixture of games, prerecorded items and audience interaction.
“Topical stories and a live audience always make for unexpected and unmissable TV,” said Louise Holmes, vice president of programming at Comedy Central UK in a statement.
Feeding Chris Ramsey is slated to air in January 2017. It’s being produced for Avalon by Mark Iddon, with Richard Allen-Turner and Jon Thoday as executive producers, and Emma Clarke as executive producer for Comedy Central. The series has been developed by Comedy Central’s head of development, Matt Tiller, with Holmes serving as its commissioning editor.
The series is part of a bigger push by Comedy Central to grow the amount of unscripted original British comedy it airs. Other original commissions that have already aired on the network include a second series of Drunk History (produced by Tiger Aspect) and Russell Howard’s Standup Central (produced by Avalon). In addition, Russel Howard will be fronting a new travelogue, also produced by Avalon, that’s set to debut this fall called Russell Howard and Mum: USA Road Trip.