Actor to exec produce Lisa Lampanelli project
Jim Carrey is revisiting his salad days in L.A. comedy clubs with a half-hour project for HBO that he will co-create and exec produce.
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli is attached to star in the project that revolves around a woman who inherits a comedy club in Los Angeles. Scribe Kario Salem is aboard to write the teleplay; Carrey, Lampanelli and Salem will serve as executive producers on the untitled pilot.
Trio are in the midst of hammering out the premise and overall story. The central character is a Mitzi Shore type, a woman who unexpectedly becomes the owner of a comedy club and is forced to play a maternal role in the dysfunctional lives of the club’s clutch of resident comics.
Carrey was part of the influential wave of comics in the late 1970s and early ’80s who got big career boosts by performing at Shore’s famed Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip.
In addition to fielding the Lampanelli project, Carrey is shooting the dark comedy “I Love You Phillip Morris,” co-starring Ewan McGregor. He recently wrapped production on the Warner Bros. comedy “Yes Man” and Robert Zemeckis’ “A Christmas Carol” for Disney.
Lampanelli’s profile has been on the rise as she regularly guests on Howard Stern’s radio show and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” She’s also known for her featured closing slots on Comedy Central’s roast specials. She toplined a Comedy Central spesh last year, “Dirty Girl,” and recently cut a deal with HarperCollins for a book to be published next year, “The World According to Lisa: The Queen of Mean’s Guide to the Universe.”
Multihyphenate Salem is no stranger to HBO, having penned the paybox’s Emmy-winning telepics “The Rat Pack” and “Don King: Only in America.” He’s working on another made-for at HBO, “Richard and Saladin and the 3rd Crusade,” and the feature “The Deep Blue Good-Bye,” set up at 20th Century Fox.