James Davis is hopping from Comedy Central’s portfolio of Snapchat programming to its cable network.
Davis, who has hosted “Swag-A-Saurus with James Davis.” will star in a new weekly series set to debut on the Viacom-owned network in January 2017. The untitled program is executive produced by Davis and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray and Shawna Kornberg.”
Comedian James Davis expands his presence on Comedy Central as the #1 brand in comedy has greenlit a linear series starring, created and executive produced by Davis, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central. Davis, host of “Swag-A-Saurus with James Davis,” Comedy Central’s most watched Snapchat original series, grew up “hood-adjacent” and brings his unique, urban point-of-view to the new weekly series set to premiere in January 2017. The untitled series was originated by Davis and Doug Karo and is executive produced by Davis and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray and Shawna Kornberg.
Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Davis will explore contemporary urban topics and share his perspective on both the world he grew up in and the one he saw from his neighborhood, all with a comedic style the network billed as one that “bridges the gap between urban and mainstream comedy.” The pilot was directed by Troy Miller and Stoney Sharp. Tara Schuster and Kelci Parker are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
“James is the real deal – smart, funny and immensely likable,” said Kent Alterman, president of Comedy Central, in a prepared statement. “He will be a great addition to our diverse talent roster.”
Davis is a comedian and writer who hosts a monthly stand-up show, “Urban Dictionary,” at the Nerdist Showroom in the back of Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, and is the star of the weekly Snapchat series, “Swag-A-Saurus with James Davis,” on Comedy Central’s Discover channel. On that show, he provides viewers a weekly lesson about some of today’s hottest slang. New episodes currently post every Monday. Davis was a writer on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” appeared as a regular guest on “Chelsea Lately” and in several Funny or Die sketches where he gained notoriety for parodies of Kobe Bryant and President Barack Obama. He is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, CAA and attorney Lev Ginsburg.