IFC and Just For Laughs are joining forces on a new action/comedy series, Bullet in the Face, which begins production this week in Montreal, with a TV debut on the cable channel in summer 2012.

Created by Alan Spencer (from 1980s Sledge Hammer!), Bullet in the Face has a six-episode half-hour order, and stars Max Williams as Gunter Vogler, a criminal who awakens from a botched jewel heist with a new face, and then forced by the police to work undercover. He’ll have the help from the likes of Neil Napier, Jessica Steen and Katie Kelton, but his work will be cut out for him, as two of the crime lords he’s up against will be played by Eddie Izzard and Eric Roberts.

Bullet in the Face melds the best of the action/thriller genre with IFC’s comedic sensibility,” said Debbie DeMontreux, senior vice president of original programming, IFC.  “This is television like viewers have never seen before and Alan Spencer is the perfect ‘slightly off’ talent to help us bring this new format to audiences.”

Spencer agreed: “I am very happy to be doing this show for a network that is ‘slightly off’ as I have been off my whole life.”

It’s also the first time IFC has worked with Just For Laughs Television and Muse Entertainment.

“Just for Laughs and Muse Entertainment have long been searching for a unique and edgy comedy to produce together and we were thrilled to find a fantastic and supportive broadcast partner in IFC. We are proud to say that Bullet in the Face is unlike anything else out there, combining hilarity, thrills and non-stop action,” say Executive Producers Michael Prupas (Muse Entertainment) and Bruce Hills (Just for Laughs).

Bullet in the Face is produced by Montreal’s Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Just For Laughs Television. Executive producers for IFC are Debbie DeMontreux, Dan Pasternack, Jennifer Caserta and Evan Shapiro.