Comedy Central has greenlit a pair of specials saluting standups and smartasses.
Laffer net will strip the multipart specs “Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Standups of All Time” and “Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses,” counting down the top figures in comedy.
The five one-hour episodes of “Stand-Ups” premiere April 12. Richard Lewis, David Brenner, Phyllis Diller, Pat Cooper and Richard Jeni will help host the spec from Canter’s Deli. Celebrated comics include Roseanne Barr, Jim Carrey, Jeff Foxworthy, Dennis Miller, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Sinbad and Wanda Sykes.
Execs in charge of production are David Berrent and Lou Wallach.
In June, cabler will roll out four half-hours of “Smartasses,” a co-production with Stone Stanley Entertainment. Series chronicles the quintessential smartasses from TV, film, radio and print. Among the top 51 are Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Carla Tortelli from “Cheers” and Bart Simpson.
Scott Stone and David Stanley exec produce. Margy Yuspa is the exec in charge of production.