Comedy Central has commenced production on three new pilots. The projects span the full range of formats from the reality of Mark and Mike, to the improvised narrative of American Body Shop to the comedy/variety of comic DeRay Davis.
Mark and Mike follows Mark Borshardt and Mike Schank, the stars of American Movie (www.americanmovie.com) on their difficult quest to make a new film. This reality show is the story of the two Milwaukee, WI-based best friends and oddly loveable underdogs and the many colorful characters they encounter as they pursue their passion. Making a movie in Hollywood is a process filled with drama, but when two guys with a dream and no resources attempt to make one in Milwaukee, it can't help but turn into a comedy.
American Body Shop is an improvised narrative in the same vein as the network's hit series, RENO 911!, which will, as RENO:911! did to the world of law enforcement, shed a whole new light on the way people look at their local auto body repair shops and the accompanying, often eccentric, characters who work there.
The untitled DeRay Davis pilot is a half-hour variety show starring DeRay Davis that integrates stand-up, reality, sketches and street news. The show will utilize Davis' unique, urban point of view and integrate his stand-up and life experiences into a new comedy show with a very distinct voice. Davis, a self-proclaimed born hustler from Chicago's South Side, began his career in comedy clubs and was first noticed by Hollywood at the "Laffapalooza Festival" in Atlanta, GA. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Davis won Comedy Central's "Laugh Riots" nationwide stand-up competition and was a standout on the Cedric the Entertainer Tour and at Montreal's "Just for Laughs Festival." He has appeared in numerous films, including both Barbershop releases, Scary Movie 4 and the upcoming RENO 911!: Miami.