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Comedy Central UK boards Comedy Bus

Comedy Central in the UK has greenlit a travelogue series featuring local comedians and produced by Sacha Baron Cohen and Andrew Newman’s prodco.

The Comedy Bus (6×60′, working title) will feature British comedians Joel Dommett, Iain Stirling, Tom Allen, Suzi Ruffell, Darren Harriott and Kiri Pritchard-Mclean visiting their home towns.

The performers will act as tour guides, taking viewers around the place where they grew up.

It will be produced by Borat star Baron Cohen and Andrew Newman’s Spelthorne Community Television (Who is America) and will be filmed in the UK this month, with an airdate set for later in the year on Comedy Central UK.

The show was commissioned by Louise Holmes, VP and general manager of Comedy Central UK, and developed by Emma Clarke, executive producer at Comedy Central UK.

The Viacom-owned network is currently seeking to increase the volume of non-scripted comedy it broadcasts.

The Comedy Bus is being produced for Spelthorne by exec producers Tim Allsop and Matt Edmonds, series producer Ben Jessop and series director Mus Mustafa.

“I absolutely love the idea behind this format. Everyone has a past – and a home town – and now we get the chance to delve into the embarrassing secrets and fascinating insights of both from a comedy perspective,” said Holmes.

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