In the show, the comedian-actor-singer-writer will oversee a showdown between two top chefs who must battle to create the most delicious single bite of food — like spaghetti and meatballs on a plate the size of a dime or sushi on a single grain of rice.
The absurdist conceit of the show echoes that of “Floored,” Quibi’s dance-competition show hosted by YouTube star Liza Koshy in which the contestants must navigate a moving dance floor.
“Anyone who knows me knows I love dinky stuff. So when this show about dinky food came my way I said, ‘I like the dinky food,'” Samberg said in a statement. “I’m excited to bring my expertise in dinky things to the dinky cooking arena, and I’m also excited to bring a bag lunch, because the food is so dinky I’m for sure going to still be hungry after the shows.”
“Biggest Little Cook-Off” is executive produced by Samberg, Michael Rosenstein, Stephen Kroopnick, and Stu Schreiberg, and produced by Triage Entertainment, a division of Levity Live Co. Samberg is represented by UTA and ID PR.
Quibi, led by founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, is set to debut April 6, 2020. The hypothesis is that mobile-centric millennials will pay $5-$8 per month to watch short-form (“quick bite”) originals like “Biggest Little Cook-Off” and a slate of scripted and unscripted shows from Hollywood talent ranging from Stephen Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh to Guillermo del Toro and Antoine Fuqua.
Samberg, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, produces and stars in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was recently picked up for an eighth season by NBC. He also co-executive produces Hulu’s “PEN15” and co-hosted the 2019 Golden Globe Awards with Sandra Oh. Samberg is producing and stars in upcoming indie film “Palm Springs” opposite Cristin Milioti and JK Simmons.
Samberg also is a founder of the comedy/music trio The Lonely Island, alongside Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. The group most recently released “The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience” on Netflix, described as a “visual poem” about former Oakland Athletics sluggers Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, and earlier this year embarked on their first tour.