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Comedy Central Is Betting Big On Hannibal Buress - Inks Multiplatform Deal

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 22, 2013 at 10:52AM

Hannibal Buress is a wanted man, and it must feel good to be wanted.
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Hannibal Burress

Hannibal Buress is a wanted man, and it must feel good to be wanted.

In December, the stand-up comedian and TV writer was tapped by the ABC network to develop a cop/comedy series that he, Hannibal Buress, would star in.

The yet-to-be-titled program, which was to be co-written by Buress and Rob Sheridan, was said to be inspired by Buress’ stand-up, and would see him starring as a cop in a small town. 

No word on where that stands currently. 

But no matter, because Buress has now inked what THR calls a wide-ranging, multiplatform development deal with Comedy Central, which includes a pilot commitment that Buress will exec produce and star in, as well as a recurring role on upcoming scripted comedy series titled Broad City, and a one-hour stand-up special and a nationwide tour.

It’s a bunch of things that I like to do, and they were able to put it together in an all-encompassing deal,” says Buress, who calls Louis C.K. a role career model.

Buress (one of Variety magazine's "Ten Comics to Watch in 2010") has been featured in The Awkward Comedy Show special on Comedy Central, and on the FX sitcom Louie. Currently, he can be seen on The Eric André Show on Adult Swim, and as a regular “expert” on FX’s Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell.

He's also written for hit TV shows like 30 Rock, and has appeared on the series.

Burress hosts a free weekly stand-up comedy show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NYC on Sunday evenings.

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