Spike lands Krall skein

'Schmo' star gets improv sketch show

“The Joe Schmo Show” alum Lance Krall is returning to Spike TV, this time as the star of his own comedy series.

Men’s cabler has greenlit eight episodes of “The Lance Krall Show,” an improv sketch show featuring Krall and his pals goofing in front of the camera, for a spring premiere. Krall is best known to cabler’s aud for his performance as “Kip, the Gay Guy” on the first season of reality sendup “Joe Schmo.”

Before “Schmo,” Krall was a series regular on Steve Martin’s NBC variety show “The Downer Channel.”

Krall’s manager, Rory Rosegarten, exec produces alongside the thesp, who also created, directed, wrote, starred in and edited every half-hour. Spike original series veep Peilin Chou serves as the exec in charge of production.

Spike exec VP of programming and production Kevin Kay said when Rosegarten first pitched him the half-hour for Krall, “I didn’t totally buy it.” But after Rosegarten played the 22-episode pilot that Krall produced and cut in his basement, “I was shocked. it was hilarious,” Kay said.

“Sometimes in sketch shows, the first one is the funniest and it just goes downhill. But this one built till the end. I thought this was a guy definitely worth taking a chance on.”

Kay is considering pairing the series with the cabler’s popular Japanese stunt show “MXC” for a Thursday night comedy block, but a decision hasn’t been made.

Show is a mix of unscripted bits and pranks including man-on-the-street segs and crank calls, most of which incorporate an arsenal of characters Krall created.

“I’m so tired of shows where it makes other people look like idiots,” he said. “We’re not out to make anyone look like a jerk. It’s more about making ourselves look foolish in public.”

Rosegarten, whose clients include Ray Romano and former Spike resident John Henson, said, “There’s no rhyme or reason to anything. It’s all very offbeat and silly.”

Krall had free reign over the show’s content, shooting all eight episodes in Atlanta, where he cast his friends from the improv comedy troupe he co-founded, the Whole World Theater. Sarah Baker, Phil Cater, Annie Humphrey, Rob Poynter, Michael Sweeney, Loren Tarquinio and Anna Vocino co-star.

“It’s absolutely a dream come true. The few people I know in the industry are jealous I had as much control as I did,” Krall said. “There were times that I thought the Spike guys had forgotten that I was out doing this show for them.”