Producer lands two TV comedies

Charlie Siskel boards 'Import Things,' Showtime project

Producer Charlie Siskel has landed two high-profile cable comedy-series gigs.

He has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner on Comedy Central's breakout hit "Important Things With Demetri Martin" and has signed as an executive producer on Showtime's upcoming series starring British comedian Marc Wootton.

On "Important Things," which mixes stand-up comedy, sketches, animation and studio bits, Siskel will executive produce alongside Demetri Martin and Jon Stewart.

He replaces Beth McCarthy-Miller, who ran the show during its first season. The change stems from the production's move from New York to Los Angeles after the Big Apple-based Martin recently relocated to California.

An average of 2.8 million viewers tuned in Feb. 11 for the "Important Things" premiere, making it Comedy Central's most-watched debut since "Chappelle's Show" in 2003.

At Showtime, Siskel will executive produce alongside Wootton on the comedian's untitled series. The half-hour project, which has a six-episode order, will feature Wootton's character-driven sketches that have made him famous in the U.K. and have drawn comparisons to fellow Brit Sacha Baron Cohen.

Siskel plans to work on the two series consecutively because their production schedules are not expected to overlap.

Siskel, a lawyer by trade, got a break in television during the late 1990s when he submitted segment ideas to filmmaker Michael Moore for his HBO series "The Awful Truth." Moore hired him as a producer, which led to a producing gig on Moore's Oscar-winning 2002 documentary "Bowling for Columbine."

At Comedy Central, Siskel created and executive produced the 2004 series "Crossballs: The Debate Show," a parody of such news programs as "Hardball" and "Crossfire."

Siskel, nephew of the late film critic Gene Siskel, also executive produced Bill Maher's 2008 documentary feature "Religulous." He is repped by CAA and attorney Jeff Endlich.
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