‘Last Comic Standing’ winner Rod Man, Wanda Sykes team up for NBC comedy pilot

Well, wouldn’t you know it? Something did come out of the development deal that Rod Man received for winning this past season of “Last Comic Standing.”

We will be honest here in saying that after the past year went by without really hearing anything at all about the comic getting his own show, we assumed that hope was just about dead. However, reports surfaced today (first via Deadline) that the super-funny comic has teamed up with “Last Comic Standing” executive producer Wanda Sykes along with Kenny Smith (“The Game”) on a half-hour comedy that seems loosely based on his life.

Apparently on the show, Rod Man will play a stand-up comic who moves from Los Angeles back to his hometown of Villa Rica, Georgia, where he will help to care for his ailing mother. He is in better shape to do so than either of this two siblings, who we’re sure will get plenty of face time if this show is picked up. Villa Rica is getting a lot of play right now for a relatively small town; it is also where “Big Brother 17” contestant Audrey Middleton resides.

While this is no guarantee that the show gets on the air, NBC is in need at the moment of some big-name comedies. Just remember for a minute or so here that they don’t have any on the air other than Friday nights this fall, and while this premise seems fairly worn-down, there is something said for the tired-and-true approach to sitcoms. If the performances and the writing are good enough, nobody will care that it’s another generational family comedy.

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