John Fugelsang Developing Primetime Show for Current TV
A touring standup comic and substitute host for the network, he'll join full-time in the fall.
Current TV continues its summer of reinvention.
The network has tapped political comedian and commentator John Fugelsang to host a primetime show this fall. He has become a significant presence on the progressive cable channel already, appearing on and guest hosting shows such as Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, The War Room with Jennifer Granholm and Talking Liberally: The Stephanie Miller Show.
It was on Miller's show that Fugelsang made the announcement, saying, "I view Jesus much the way I view Elvis. I love the guy, but some of the fan clubs terrify me. My new show on Current will be an attack ad on apathy; taking the flag back from phony patriots, taking the Bible back from the hypocrites, and taking Bath Salts away from Glenn Beck."
Fugelsang made headlines by tweeting out, and then discussing in interviews, his unique background: his father is a former Franciscan monk, his mother an ex-nun.
A former co-host of America's Funniest Home Videos, he has toured extensively as a comedian, including with Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour.
Following their firing of Keith Olbermann this spring -- Spitzer's show replaced Olbermann's Countdown -- Current has worked to fill their struggling prime time with new personalities. In June, it was announced that Joy Behar, of The View and formerly of CNN's Headline News, would host her own show starting this fall. California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom recently debuted a new show on the network, as well.