Comedian's hour to debut in the second half of 2004

Christopher Titus has signed with Showtime to headline an hourlong comedy special, one in a series of standup hours set to debut on the pay cabler next year.

Showtime announced it was getting back into the standup biz in October, recruiting Dave Chappelle to headline its first spec (Daily Variety, Oct. 27).

“Christopher Titus is an exceptional performer. His stage show, which is based on his real-life experiences growing up in an incredibly dysfunctional family, has been generating great acclaim within the industry,” net entertainment prexy Robert Greenblatt said. “His ability to find humor in even the most tragic situations is truly remarkable. I made his first network development deal at Fox over eight years ago, and I’m thrilled we’ll be working together again.”

Titus-hosted hour will debut on Showtime in the second half of 2004. Comedian-thesp is currently on tour with his one-man show “Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding,” which will be filmed for the special. Titus will exec produce with Ken Weinstock (“Full Frontal Comedy”).

Titus’ eponymous laffer spent two seasons on Fox. Last year, he signed a deal with NBC to develop a drama series with NBC Studios and Greenblatt-Janollari Studio. He last starred in the pilot “Future Tense” from Warner Bros. TV, Silver Pictures and NBC Studios.

“Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding” recently played a sold-out run at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival.

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