Funny Or Die has shot a pilot of the untitled series, which stars strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis (pictured above) who will train with a different pro athlete in each episode. The company is in preproduction on seven more eps.
Each hourlong episode will feature a pro athlete traveling to Detroit to train with Barwis. Pilot features Arizona Cardinals defensive player Tyrann Mathieu, a.k.a. “The Honey Badger.”
“The show combines sports, comedy, competition and emotion in a way that no one has seen before,” Mike Farah, Funny Or Die’s president of production, said in a statement. “Mike Barwis is a star in the making and if anyone disagrees I’ll send him to choke you out. So, yeah, don’t disagree.”
Series will take place in the Detroit metro area, home to Barwis Methods Training Center. Barwis has trained more than 500 Olympic and professional athletes in over 40 sporting events. Before opening his own shop, Barwis was head strength and conditioning coach at West Virginia University and the University of Michigan.
Brothers Mike and Chris Farah are creators and exec producers, and Rebecca Mayer will also exec produce. Anna Wenger and Joe Farrell are co-executive producers.
Other shows on Funny Or Die’s TV slate include “@midnight” and “Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!” on Comedy Central; “Funny Or Die’s Billy on the Street” on Fuse, “Spoils of Babylon” on IFC; Sarah Silverman’s upcoming special “We Are Miracles” for HBO.Funny Or Die’s founders are Gary Sanchez Productions — Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy — CAA and Michael Kvamme. Judd Apatow is also a principal partner in Funny Or Die.