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Anthony Jeselnik back in starring capacity with Comedy Central series and podcast deal

After serving time as host of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and helping to judge Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle, Anthony Jeselnik is back where he belongs: starring in his own Comedy Central series.

“Sometimes the best move is a lateral move!” said Jeselnik.

Comedy Central announced a new deal with him that will see Jeselnik starring and executive producing an untitled half-hour series, as well as hosting an original weekly podcast: The Jeselnik and Rosenthal Vanity Project.

Jeselnik and Gregg Rosenthal (an NFL Network analyst) previously had a podcast on the NFL Network, and will return with Comedy Central starting Tuesday, Sept. 11. Still talking about football issues, both on and off the field.

As for his TV show, Jeselnik previously helmed two seasons of The Jeselnik Offensive, which was great.

This new show won’t be that exactly. What will it be? Comedy Central so far only says it’ll get six weekly episodes to start, and “will use Comedy Central’s vast library of stand up as a springboard for conversation, insight and humor with well-known comics.” Hmmmm. Talking to comedians about old jokes, theirs or others, perhaps? Interesting. Intriguing. Tell us more, please!

“Anthony’s sardonic humor and critical eye are a big part of what makes him such an incredible comedian,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Executive Vice Presidents and Co-Heads of Talent and Development, Comedy Central. “Those attributes are also why he’s a perfect fit for the host’s chair in his own series, the Roast Battle judge’s chair, and the podcast booth.”

That’ll have to do, for now.

Sean L. McCarthy

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