Comedy Central teams with 'Def' producers

Stand-up series to showcase up-and-coming comics

Comedy Central has ordered a new stand-up series from "Def Comedy Jam" producers Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan, the network announced Monday.

The six half-hour episodes will re-team Simmons and Lathan on a new show introducing up-and-coming comics, with J.B. Smoove ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") set to host.

"We've been trying to get into business with Russell and Stan for a while now and this new stand-up series is an exciting first venture for us to partner with them," said Elizabeth Porter, senior vp, specials and talent. "As someone who was a huge fan of 'Def Comedy Jam,' working alongside these two incredible visionaries on this series has been nothing short of amazing."

Added Simmons: "'Def Comedy Jam' made a significant contribution to American pop culture by introducing so many superstars. Now, with Comedy Central as our new partner, we're poised to present the next generation of star talent."

HBO's 1990s series "Def Comedy Jam" helped start the careers of talent such as Chris Tucker, Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence and Bernie Mac.