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Comedy Central extends Jon Benjamin relationship with series

JB Comedy Central has ordered 10 episodes of sketch comedy series “Jon Benjamin Has a Van,” scheduling them for summer 2011.

Benjamin plays an investigative reporter who works out of a customized van to deliver human interest stories of many kinds and styles. The comedian has previously appeared on Comedy Central in “Important Things with Demetri Martin” (on which he also was a writer/co-producer) and provided the deadpan voice of son Ben in the cabler’s 1990s series, “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist.” Benjamin also does the lead voice in FX animated series “Archer.”

“Not since de Tocqueville has there been a more insightful look into the fabric of America and the people who live in it and I’m not just saying that because I read that book and you didn’t,” joked Benjamin, who will exec produce with Andrew Steele and “Funny or Die.”

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