A&E Network has ordered 10 episodes of a new Ellen DeGeneres-backed docuseries called Little Funny (working title).
The series follows 11-year-old up-and-coming comic Saffron “Saffy” Herndon as she sharpens her stand-up act. Herndon, who is considered a standup prodigy with a unique brand of edgy, adult humor, has been making a name for herself on the comedy circuit for the past three years.
Little Funny will feature Herndon’s journey to the stage. Along the way, DeGeneres (pictured), who serves as an executive producer on the series, and some of her celebrity comic pals, including Chris Rock, George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Tom Papa and Lliza Schlesinger, help the preteen hone her skills.
“It’s crazy that Saffy is telling such hilarious jokes at 11 years old. When I was 11, I was telling knock-knock jokes. To be honest, I’m still telling knock-knock jokes,” said DeGeneres in a statement.
Little Funny is being produced by This is Just a Test, Telepictures and A Very Good Production. Executive producers for This is Just a Test are Aengus James and Colin King Miller. Jeff Kleeman is joining DeGeneres as an executive producer for A Very Good Production, and Elaine Frontain Bryant Bryant and Colleen Conway Grogan Grogan are executive producing for A&E.