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Comedy Central has released a trailer for its upcoming sketch show Alternatino With Arturo Castro, and the first look has a distinct Key & Peele-ish feel.
In the show, which will premiere June 18, Castro — the creator, executive producer, writer and star — plays a wide array of characters in sketches that feature his perspective on relationships, awkward everyday moments and more. There’s also a fair amount of social and political commentary: In one sketch he plays an ICE agent, and in another he deals with a woman who has certain expectations about dating a Latin man.
“There’s no one better to continue Comedy Central’s unparalleled legacy in sketch comedy than the undeniably talented writer, performer and overall brilliant Arturo Castro,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, executive vps and co-heads of talent and development at Comedy Central. “Alternatino really stands out for not only how funny it is and Arturo’s impressive range as an actor, but also in how it challenges stereotypes of what it means to be a Latin millennial.”
In addition to the sketches, each episode will have a scripted narrative with a heightened version of Castro navigating his daily life.
“Comedy Central has been my home for the past six years — my literal home; they have big offices and central heating. I couldn’t imagine better partners to bring this show to life,” said Castro, who recurred on the cabler’s recently ended Broad City. “I’m honored to be a part of this family and to have the opportunity to amplify the voice of a community that seems to be under siege at the moment. Hopefully, by watching, people will realize that the human experience is at its core the same, no matter what you look like or how much you like brunch, matcha or fair-trade friendship bracelets.”
Alternatino is part of a new wave of series at Comedy Central, which has been refreshing its scripted lineup in the past year. The goal, Babineau told The Hollywood Reporter in late 2018, is to “make shows that our core audience [of young men] will love but that will also appeal to a growth audience.”
The new batch of shows includes The Other Two, which was recently renewed for a second season; second-year dark comedy Corporate; South Side, from Bashir and Sultan Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle; and upcoming shows starring Awkafina and Rory Scovel. The network has also hired David Spade to host a pop culture-focused nightly series that will follow The Daily Show. Another Period and Detroiters have been canceled.
Watch the trailer for Alternatino below.
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