Lil Dicky is officially coming to TV.
FX has ordered an untitled half-hour comedy series based on the life of the rapper and comedian to series, Variety has learned. The series is centered on a suburban neurotic man in his late twenties who has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he might actually convince the world. FX had ordered a pilot for the project last May.
Lil Dicky, whose real name is Dave Burd, achieved critical acclaim and commercial success with his album “Professional Rapper,” which debuted at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Comedy, Rap and Independent Charts, and featured the multi-platinum single “Save Dat Money.” Another of his singles, “FreakyFriday,” peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has gone on to achieve over one billion streams and achieve multi-platinum status in over a dozen countries.
“I’m so thankful for everyone who made this possible, it really is what I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid,” said Burd. “I love making people laugh, it’s my favorite thing ever. And even though I’m still fully in love with and committed to my career as a rapper, I’m excited to write jokes that don’t need to rhyme every time. Ugh, that rhymed.”
The series is co-created by Burd and “The League” co-creator Jeff Schaffer, with Burd also set to star. The pair executive produce along with Saladin Patterson, Kevin Hart via his Hartbeat Productions banner, Greg Mottola, Marty Bowen, Mike Hertz, and Scooter Braun, James Shin, and Scott Manson of SB Projects. It is produced by FX Productions.
“Not only has Dave Burd cemented his place in the rap community, but he’s now poised to take over TV with his infectious comedic sensibility in his own series,” said Nick Grad, co-president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “We’re thrilled to have partnered with an impressive creative team featuring Jeff Schaffer, Saladin Patterson, Kevin Hart, Greg Mottola and Scooter Braun to bring the story of Lil Dicky to TV audiences.”