Showtime has signed Denis Leary to a deal that includes a one-hour standup comedy special and an original movie that Leary would write, direct and star in.
Leary, a snarling comedian with a profane, motormouth style, is co-exec producer and star of “Birth, Work, School, Death,” the new one-man special, which Showtime will film before an audience.
The other exec producer is Jason M. Solomon.
The spec is a follow-up to “Denis Leary: No Cure for Cancer,” which originated as an off-Broadway theater performance that ran for four months last season. A one-hour adaptation of “Cancer” premiered on Showtime in February 1993 .
The movie, “The King’s Wake,” is about “the effect of Elvis Presley’s death on a working-class neighborhood in Boston,” according to Showtime. It would be Leary’s debut as a director.
Leary, who came to prominence nationally with appearances on MTV and in satirical 30-second spots for Nike, has acting parts in such theatricals as “The Sandlot,””Who’s the Man?” and the upcoming Sylvester Stallone/Wesley Snipes thriller “Demolition Man.”