Showtime announced it’s renewing Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union for a seven-episode second season, due to hit our TV screens in 2009. When Ullman returns, she’ll be joined by another British TV comedy, The Marc Wootton Project.

Marc Wootton also has made a name for himself on the other side of the pond for his character-based comedy that he often performs on unsuspecting audiences, most notably so far for the "psychic" he portrays BBC’s High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman. Showtime is giving Wootten six episodes to develop whatever he wants, as the network hopes he becomes the next Sacha Baron Cohen. (official Showtime press release)

Coincidentally, Los Angeles feted British comedies last night in its inaugural stateside version of the British Comedy Awards.