8:24am PT by Kate Stanhope
'The Chris Gethard Show' Goes Live in Move to truTV
The Chris Gethard Show is on the move.
The Funny or Die production is making the leap to truTV and will be telecast live for the first time. The Turner-owned cable network has greenlighted 16 hourlong episodes of the series. A premiere date has yet to be announced.
The show features Gethard presiding over a panel of comedian friends and oddballs, along with a live studio audience and callers from around the world, who participate in games, tackle bizarre stunts and react to the controlled chaos around them.
"I've long admired truTV for their brand of honest, in-your-face comedy. Myself and the gang from The Chris Gethard Show are thrilled to have a new home on the network and are licking our chops for a chance to match the bar truTV has set the past few years," Gethard said. "I also can't believe they're letting us do the show live. Kudos to them for embracing what could be a real disaster. My promise to you though is that should it be a disaster, The Chris Gethard Show on truTV will be the most watchable disaster the world has ever seen."
This is the latest move for The Chris Gethard Show, which started as a live comedy show in New York City before moving to public access television in Manhattan. In 2015, the series jumped to Fusion for a two-year run. Over the years, The Chris Gethard Show has attracted A-list guests, including Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, P. Diddy, Lena Dunham and Paul Giamatti.
Ferrell also serves as an exec producer on the series, along with Gethard, Zach Galifianakis, Adam McKay, Owen Burke, J.D. Amato, Anna Wenger and AGI Entertainment Media & Management's Brian Stern.
Gethard, who trained at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade, has seen his star rise in recent years with his award-winning podcast, Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People, his book A Bad Idea I'm About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure, as well as appearances in TV shows like Broad City, Parks and Rec and Louie.
Next up is his first HBO special, which hails from exec producer Judd Apatow and is based on his Broadway one-man show, Chris Gethard: Career Suicide. The special debuts Saturday.
For truTV, The Chris Gethard Show joins a growing slate of originals, such as scripted series Those Who Can't, Andrea Savage's I'm Sorry and an as-yet-untitled Amy Sedaris series. Unscripted entries include Adam Ruins Everything, Impractical Jokers, The Carbonaro Effect, Upscale With Prentice Penny, Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack, Jon Glaser Loves Gear and fellow Funny or Die acquisition Billy on the Street.
"We are all big fans of Chris and have always thought he'd be a perfect fit for truTV," said truTV executive vp original programming Marissa Ronca. "Chris' comedy is so honest and charming that it's no surprise he's developed a devoted fan base who want to interact with him each week. The Chris Gethard Show has always been a series where anything can happen…now it's going to be a series where anything can happen live."