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Dan St. Germain Scores Comedy Central Trifecta

10 COMICS TO WATCH: Standup Follows Up Half-Hour Special With Two Series for Cabler

Somebody up there likes Dan St. Germain. And that somebody clearly has a direct line to Comedy Central’s programming staff.

After a few years on the standup circuit, St. Germain lined up three projects on the cabler in rapid succession: His half-hour special aired in May, and he has sitcom “Hell Hole” and Web series “In Security” in development. Based on the comic’s experiences as a seasonal bartender in Yellowstone National Park, “Hell Hole” arose from St. Germain’s dream of making “the ‘Larry Sanders Show’ of ‘Animal Houses,’ ” he says. “A lot of the characters are really broken up and tortured, but it’s still very much in the bro comedy vein, like watching a guy crying in the back of a frat party.” The latter descriptor could apply to much of St. Germain’s comedy in general.

Tackling two scripted series, a podcast and a standup touring schedule (St. Germain’s “My Dumb Friends” podcast with Sean Donnelly was recently picked up for satellite radio syndication by Sirius XM) would prove daunting for anyone. As the son of playwright and “The Cosby Show” writer Mark St. Germain, however, the comic has been dabbling in scripts since age 14 (he was even tapped for Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights Fest a decade ago).

“I think a lot of comics get in trouble when they get series deals because they’ve never really written anything,” he says. “In this business, unless your story is incredibly unique, you really have to have the fundamentals of storytelling down. And I’m an overweight white guy with a beard from New Jersey who’s a recovering alcoholic. There are a lot of guys like me out there.”

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