You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Comedy Central Orders Magic-Based Variety Show Pilot

Comedy Central has ordered a pilot for a weekly variety show — but with a magical twist.

“Sleight of Mouth” would star magician and TV host Justin Willman and comes  from Comedy Central’s “@midnight’s”  Chris Hardwick of Nerdist Industries and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray, as well as Robert Morton.

The show will tap in Nerdist’s social media expertise, mixing it with tech-savvy and modern trickery. Each week, Willman will tackle thought-provoking topics with sketches, social experiments, guest comedians and interactive content.

There are some similar shows in the works, including Comedy Central’s new digital series “CC:Social Scene,” where comics perform skits based on suggestions from Twitter. While the CW’s new show “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” features magicians trying to fool the legendary artists with their own magic tricks.

Variety sister site Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

More TV

  • Joy Reid Hillary Clinton NYC Power

    Joy Reid's Attorney: FBI Opens Investigation Into Hacking Allegations

    Comedy Central has ordered a pilot for a weekly variety show — but with a magical twist. “Sleight of Mouth” would star magician and TV host Justin Willman and comes  from Comedy Central’s “@midnight’s”  Chris Hardwick of Nerdist Industries and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray, as well as Robert Morton. The show will tap in Nerdist’s social media […]

  • Bill CosbyCriminal charges against Bill Cosby

    Bill Cosby Retrial: No Verdict Reached, Jury to Reconvene Thursday

    Comedy Central has ordered a pilot for a weekly variety show — but with a magical twist. “Sleight of Mouth” would star magician and TV host Justin Willman and comes  from Comedy Central’s “@midnight’s”  Chris Hardwick of Nerdist Industries and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray, as well as Robert Morton. The show will tap in Nerdist’s social media […]

  • Fox World Cup Broadcast Team Talks

    Fox World Cup Broadcast Team Looks to Put American Stamp on International Affair

    Comedy Central has ordered a pilot for a weekly variety show — but with a magical twist. “Sleight of Mouth” would star magician and TV host Justin Willman and comes  from Comedy Central’s “@midnight’s”  Chris Hardwick of Nerdist Industries and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray, as well as Robert Morton. The show will tap in Nerdist’s social media […]

  • Dear White People Netflix

    TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases 'Dear White People' Season 2 Trailer (Watch)

    Comedy Central has ordered a pilot for a weekly variety show — but with a magical twist. “Sleight of Mouth” would star magician and TV host Justin Willman and comes  from Comedy Central’s “@midnight’s”  Chris Hardwick of Nerdist Industries and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray, as well as Robert Morton. The show will tap in Nerdist’s social media […]

  • Here and Now Review

    'Here and Now' Canceled by HBO

    Comedy Central has ordered a pilot for a weekly variety show — but with a magical twist. “Sleight of Mouth” would star magician and TV host Justin Willman and comes  from Comedy Central’s “@midnight’s”  Chris Hardwick of Nerdist Industries and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray, as well as Robert Morton. The show will tap in Nerdist’s social media […]

  • 'Queer Eye,' 'Jersey Shore' Creators Reveal

    'Queer Eye,' 'Jersey Shore' Creators Reveal How Unscripted Franchises Were Revived

    Comedy Central has ordered a pilot for a weekly variety show — but with a magical twist. “Sleight of Mouth” would star magician and TV host Justin Willman and comes  from Comedy Central’s “@midnight’s”  Chris Hardwick of Nerdist Industries and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray, as well as Robert Morton. The show will tap in Nerdist’s social media […]

  • Forest Whitaker at the Photocall For

    Forest Whitaker to Star in Epix Drama Series 'Godfather of Harlem'

    Comedy Central has ordered a pilot for a weekly variety show — but with a magical twist. “Sleight of Mouth” would star magician and TV host Justin Willman and comes  from Comedy Central’s “@midnight’s”  Chris Hardwick of Nerdist Industries and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray, as well as Robert Morton. The show will tap in Nerdist’s social media […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content