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Comedy Central has ‘Issues’

Black, Showalter get greenlight

Comedy Central has greenlit a new half-hour laffer from comedy troupe regulars Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter.

“Michael and Michael Have Issues” casts the pair as hosts of their own TV sketch show who intersperse their own behind-the-scenes cinema verite drama in between the comic bits they perform.

Comedy Central has ordered seven episodes of the series and plans to premiere it in July.

Black and Showalter will also exec produce “Michael and Michael,” along with Jim Biederman (“Whitest Kids U Know,” “I’m With Busey”). Lou Wallach, Comedy Central’s recently ankled East Coast development topper, also has an exec producer credit.

Showalter is a founding member of sketch-comedy troupe the State, which had an eponymously titled series that ran on MTV for three seasons. He also partnered with Black and David Wain in Stella, a troupe that had another eponymous series on Comedy Central from 2004-06.

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