Last Comic Standing 8 winner Rod Man lands development deal for NBC sitcom
Just in time.
Rod Man, who won the eighth season of Last Comic Standing last summer, has earned himself a deal for a pilot script with NBC to develop his own starring vehicle in a multi-cam sitcom.
Yes, the development year for Fall 2016 already begins in full earnest with network pitches heard and bought each August.
Not coincidentally for Rod Man -- whose win included a holding deal -- Last Comic's executive producers, Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz, are behind this, too. As is Kenny Smith, executive producer on BET's The Game. and co-executive producer on the upcoming reboot of Uncle Buck on ABC, with stand-up comedian Mike Epps in that title role.
Rod Man's potential sitcom would have him playing a version of himself, uprooting his wife and daughter from Los Angeles back to his hometown in Villa Rica, Georgia, to care for his mother. The comedy comes not only from that situation, but also from the irony that Rod Man as a comedian "is more stable and responsible than his self-important brother and materialistic sister."
Universal TV and Push It Productions (Sykes and Hurwitz's shingle) are producing.
For #TBT, here's what his reel looked like right before Last Comic changed his life and career: