NBC has given a pilot order to a multi-camera comedy based on the life of comic Jerrod Carmichael, Variety has learned.
The project, which is still untitled and is exec produced by Nick Stoller and Ravi Nandan as well as Carmichael, hails from Universal Television and is inspired by Carmichael’s stand-up routine and his relationships with his girlfriend and his family. Carmichael and Stoller are writing the pilot. However, Stoller — who directed the Seth Rogen comedy “Neighbors,” which also cast Carmichael — will not direct the project.
Carmichael has also lent his voice to animated series “Lucas Bros Moving Co.” and “Axe Cop.” His HBO special “Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store” aired in October. He was named one of Variety’s 10 comics to watch in 2011, where he talked about mining his personal encounters, as well as his social and political observations, for material.
“People tell me it’s risky and scary to work like that, but to me it’s fun, so I really try not to polish my act too much,” he notes. “I want it to be fresh, and I like to just get up and run with it. I know what I want to say and how I want to say it. So ‘polish’ is just a state of mind to me.”