Ellen DeGeneres is adding yet another unscripted series to her rapidly-growing production slate.
A&E has greenlit “Little Funny,” a show from DeGeneres that follows 11-year-old standup comic Saffron “Saffy” Herndon who gets coached by some of the best comedians in the world, including DeGeneres, Chris Rock, George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Iliza Shlesinger and Tom Papa, who will all appear on screen.
The cabler has ordered 10 episodes of the series, set to premiere in 2017.
Unlike most 11-year-old kids, Saffy spends her nights at her local comedy club and has a dream to become a famous standup comedian like her idol, DeGeneres. The pint-sized up-and-coming funny girl has a unique brand of edgy, adult humor and has been making her rounds on the comedy circuit for three years.
“It’s crazy that Saffy is telling such hilarious jokes at 11 years old,” said DeGeneres. “When I was 11, I was telling knock-knock jokes. To be honest, I’m still telling knock-knock jokes.”
“The world of standup comedy has never been explored through the point of view of an 11-year-old kid. Saffy’s journey, like that of any artist, is unique and unexpected. Viewers will have a peek behind the curtain as she hones her craft with the help of today’s best comics,” commented Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming at A&E Network.
The series is the latest greenlight for DeGeneres’ banner A Very Good Production, which is behind the mega-hit “Little Big Shots” on NBC, the No.1 unscripted launch within the last five years. Her company is also behind NBC’s upcoming dating show “First Dates,” which is narrated by Drew Barrymore, plus the current HGTV competition series “Ellen’s Design Challenge.” On the scripted front, the multi-hyphenate producer and talk show host sold a comedy, “Splitting Up Together,” to ABC with a hefty put pilot commitment.
DeGeneres will serve as executive producer on “Little Funny,” along with Jeff Kleeman, Aengus James, Colin King Miller Colleen Conway Grogan and Frontain Bryant. A Very Good Production, This is Just a Test and Telepictures are behind the series.
DeGeneres is repped by ICM.