Cable's Hot Comedy Director: 'Portlandia's' Jonathan Krisel Lands Second FX Project (Exclusive)

12:00 PM PST 04/30/2014 by Lacey Rose
Jonathan Krisel

The four-time Emmy nominee has come aboard the network's Louis C.K.-Zach Galifianakis pilot and its Jay Baruchel project from Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video.

A version of this story first appeared in the May 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Jonathan Krisel quickly is becoming cable's go-to comedy director.

The four-time Emmy nominee best known for his work on IFC's Portlandia will co-write, executive produce and direct FX's Louis C.K.-Zach Galifianakis pilot. The half-hour entry, which the trio is writing together, is part of Louis C.K.'s lucrative deal with the sibling studio FX Productions; and true to C.K. form, the subject matter is being kept tightly guarded.

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Though this marks the first collaboration with Louis C.K., Krisel's professional relationship with Galifianakis dates back to Cartoon Network's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! That Krisel was selected to helm the FX project is fitting given both his indie comedy résumé and his avant-garde filmmaker's approach to TV.

"My brand of comedy is taking a serious approach to silliness," Krisel tells The Hollywood Reporter, adding of the throughline in his work: "Small moments of modern life and human behavior make me laugh. At least that's where everything starts, and then my other throughline would be a dry absurdity that exponentially spirals out of reality."

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Additionally, Krisel is directing and exec producing Man Seeking Woman, a Jay Baruchel FX project from Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video. The Kroll Show exec producer, who directed digital shorts for Michaels' Saturday Night Live, will continue with Portlandia, too, which he has been involved with for all four seasons as a writer, director and executive producer.

He is repped by CAA, Mosaic and Barnes Morris.

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