You may not have any idea who he is yet, but Anthony Jeselnik is a funny, funny man. His roast of Donald Trump was among the best segments ever on Comedy Central, and lucky for him it was also the first time that we ever saw him perform.
Now, the one-time writer on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” has landed a new weekly talk show with Comedy Central. (The news was first reported by Deadline.) There’s no word just yet on what the format for it will be, but expect it to be some sort of program based around the comedian riffing on the news of the day. Think of it potentially as a darker, less political version of “The Daily Show.”
In other news that demonstrates how much the network values loyalty, the network has also picked up a weekly sketch show from another Comedy Central roaster in Amy Schumer that will also feature some highlights from her stand-up career. Schumer in many ways replaced Lisa Lampanelli (who was booked elsewhere) during the Sheen roast, and she made headlines at the time for making a joke about Ryan Dunn that seemed at the time to offend her fellow roaster Steve-O. After receiving some nasty threats online, the MTV star sent out a message telling everyone to leave Schumer alone.
Schumer first rose to the public eye courtesy of her time on “Last Comic Standing,” and she even dated Jeselnik for a time — including when the Sheen roast was actually taped. Jeselnik has since said that he was annoyed that Comedy Central made public his relationship with Amy on the air, mostly due to the fact that people in the months that followed would jump to conclusions that all of his “girlfriend” jokes were about her — even when none of them were.
Are you excited about this news, and do you think all comedians are now going to be chomping at the bit to get a spot on a roast just so this can happen to them?
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