TBS orders comedy fest's 'Very Funny Show'

30 stand-up comedians will perform during July event

TBS is tapping its upcoming Chicago comedy festival to provide content for a new stand-up series, the network said Thursday.

The cable network has ordered 10 episodes of "The Very Funny Show," a late-night series shot during the network's July event dubbed TBS Presents a "Very Funny" Festival: Just for Laughs. The festival includes 30 comedians performing at the Zanies Comedy Club whom TBS will feature during the half-hour series.

Tim Meadows will host the show, which is scheduled to premiere in November.

"This series demonstrates how our comedy festivals are more than just first-rate showcases through which we can extend the TBS brand," said Dennis Adamovich, senior vp and GM of comedy festivals at TBS. "They are also an outstanding opportunity to mine fresh talent for the network's comedy lineup."

Other shows being culled from the festival for TBS programming include Ellen DeGeneres' third variety special for the network and specials featuring Martin Short and David Alan Grier.
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