Comedy Central inks two talent deals

Ron White, Joey Kern set for separate projects at network

Comedy Central has closed a deal with comedian Ron White for an animated project titled "Hounds."

Meanwhile, Joey Kern ("The Sasquatch Gang") has landed a lead in the network's pilot "Ghosts/Aliens."

Blue Collar Comedy veteran While will voice the lead and co-executive produce "Hounds," with Chris Thompson ("Ladies Man") set to write.

"Hounds" is described as a blue-collar Southern neo-gothic comedy. White will voice Chicken, "a countrified Yoda with a bottle of Jack and a bag of weed, an opinionated Southern philosopher who considers himself the center of the universe." In the show, Chicken mentors his relatives and roommates in an eccentric small town.

White is repped by APA and MacDonald/Murray Management.

Based on Trey Hamburger's 2008 supernatural comedy novel released in November, "Ghost/Aliens" centers on Hamburger (Kern) and his loyal best friend, Mike Stevens (Keir O'Donnell), two potheads who set out on a quest to expose the truth about the existence of ghosts and aliens.

Kern, repped by Principato Young and Jackoway Tyerman, replaces Jonathan Sadowski who was originally cast in the role.