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Comedy Central Orders Doug Benson Pot Comedy 'The High Court' to Series
Pot comedies continue to light up the small screen.
Comedy Central has given a series order to Doug Benson's The High Court, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Loosely based on the comedian's YouTube show Getting Doug With High, The High Court centers on Judge Doug as he rules on real small-claims court cases. Benson will hear both sides of the case before retiring to his chamber with a guest bailiff to get very stoned and deliberate on the matter. All decision rendered on The High Court are "highly binding," according to the official description.
Past special guests on Benson's web series, produced by JASH, have included Jenny Slate, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman and Jeffrey Ross, among others.
Benson will executive produce with Bruce Smith, JASH’s Daniel Kellison and Propagate’s Ben Silverman, Howard Owens and Kevin Healey. Gary Mann and Daniel Wolfberg are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central. The 15-minute strip series will be co-produced by JASH and Propagate for an early 2017 launch.
"I never knew Doug got high, until one time I saw him, and he wasn't," Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said Tuesday in a statement.
Added Benson: “Got a f—ed up legal problem? Who better to solve it than someone who is super f—ed up?”
The series brings Benson back to Comedy Central, where he toplined The Benson Interruption and is a frequent guest on @midnight. His other credits include The Jim Gaffigan Show, Bob's Burgers and Mr. Show With Bob and David. He is repped by OmniPop Talent Group and Ginsburg Daniels.
Pot comedies have been on the rise in recent years as more and more states have legalized marijuana for medicinal and/or recreational use. MTV has Mary + Jane, HBO recently picked up a second season of former web series High Maintenance and Netflix has upcoming Chuck Lorre series Disjointed starring Kathy Bates.