FX Orders Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. Clown Comedy to Series
Zach Galifianakis is heading to clown school.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, FX has picked up BASKETS, co-written by Galifianakis, Louis C.K., Jonathan Krisel for for a 10-episode season to premiere in 2016.
The show "follows Bakersfield man Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) as he pursues his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown only there's a catch. After an unsuccessful enrollment at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, the only job he can find is with the local rodeo. "
"To say Zach's portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement," Eric Schrierm, FX president of original programming, said. "We can't wait for the world to meet him."
Galifianakis serves as Executive Producer. Louis C.K., Blair Breard and Dave Becky are Executive Producers, along with Andrea Pett-Joseph and Marc Gurvitz.
Galifianakis is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners. C.K. is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment. Breard is represented by UTA.
FX Productions has 12 comedy pilots currently in production.
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