Comedy Central Picks Up Hannibal Buress Series

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Hannibal Buress—a regular on Broad City and the comedian who ruined Bill Cosby’s life in a Philadelphia theater last fall—got news that Comedy Central has picked up eight episodes of his half-hour series Why? With Hannibal Buress. Deadline describes the premise, which sounds something like a late night talk show / variety show mix:

Executive produced by Buress, Jeff Stilson (Da Ali G Show) and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky, in Why? With Hannibal Buress, the comedian will provide his perspective on each week’s zeitgeist-driven topic, answering the burning questions on his mind through stand-up, filmed segments, man-on-the-street interviews and in-studio guests. To stay topical, each episode will be shot in front of a studio audience, taping the same week it airs.

The project is believed to stem from a development deal Buress inked with Comedy Central in 2013, which included a pilot commitment, a one-hour stand-up special; a nationwide Comedy Central Live stand-up tour; and a role Broad City.