Fox has announced a new half-hour sketch comedy series, “Party Over Here,” debuting Saturday, March 12 at 11 p.m. on Fox. The show is executive-produced by comedy trio The Lonely Island, which is comprised of writer/performers Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Comedian Paul Scheer (“The League,” “Fresh Off The Boat”) also serves as an executive producer and one of the series’ directors.
Skewering everything from pop culture to politics, “Party Over Here” will feature sketch comedy shorts, along with in-studio segments filmed in front of a live audience at the Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The series stars Nicole Byer (“Girl Code”), Jessica McKenna (“Riot”) and Alison Rich (“Resident Advisors”). Samberg currently stars on Fox’s cop comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
“When we first conceived this idea, we thought of it as a spinoff of ‘Empire,’” said The Lonely Island in a statement. “We failed miserably… now it’s much more of a sketch comedy show.”
“In an age where most millennials don’t even know what a TV is, we are really excited to be getting into the TV business,” added Scheer.
“The late-night landscape is wildly competitive, and we thought long and hard about the kind of audacious, attention-getting voices we needed,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Andy, Akiva, Jorma, Paul and our three stars – Nicole, Jessica and Alison – are the ideal group of talent to do just that. They’re fearless, original and, of course, very, very funny.”
In 2014, The Lonely Island signed a development deal with Fox to incubate potential Fox and FX comedies on digital platforms. The venture was named the “Party Over Here” initiative — which appears to have inspired this project.
“Party Over Here” is produced by Kablamo! Samberg, Schaffer, Taccone, Scheer and Billy Rosenberg serve as executive producers.