One thing to really respect about Comedy Central is the network’s willingness to shake up old formulas. They changed the game with The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, have allowed great series like Broad City to flourish, and also help raise the profiles of comedians like Amy Schumer.
Now, the network has announced a new series, Why? With Hannibal Buress, which will run for 8, half-hour episodes. Kent Alterman, the President of Content Development and Original Programming at Comedy Central said of the series,
Hannibal keeps asking us ‘why’ so we just told him to go find out and we’ll air it.
Simple as that.
The series will be shot in front of a live audience, and will focus on Buress’ perspectives on the week’s hot topics through a variety of formats: stand-up, pre-recorded segments, man-on-the-street interviews, as well as celebrity guests. It actually sounds really similar to the great FX series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which sank once it moved to lesser-known sister channel FXX, and was expected to anchor it with daily shows.
Buress, who has worked with Comedy Central before on Broad City, became infamously known last year after his rant that basically started the public takedown of Bill Cosby. Buress has also appeared on series like The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim, and in the past wrote for SNL and 30 Rock (where he also appeared).
As for his thoughts on his new Comedy Central series, Buress said,
I’m extremely excited to help Comedy Central sell advertising.