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article image‘Baskets’: FX orders ‘clown’ comedy starring Zach Galifianakis

By Mathew Wace Peck     Aug 29, 2014 in Entertainment
A new comedy about professional clowns, starring Zach Galifianakis, has been given a full series order by FX, it has been announced.
According to Inside TV, Baskets will follow the eponymous Chip Baskets, “a man who dares to follow his dream of becoming a professional clown, but must join the local rodeo after failing to get into a prestigious clown school in Paris.”
The series will be co-written by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia). Krisel will act as showrunner, while Galifianakis and C.K. will executive-produce alongside Blair Breard (Louie), Dave Becky (Comedy Underground with Dave Attell), Marc Gurvitz (Norm MacDonald is Trending) and Andrea Pett-Joseph (Up Close with Carrie Keagan).
Of the FX commission, one of the their presidents of original programming, Eric Schrier, said, “Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show. To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious, unique, riveting, fascinating would be an understatement. We can’t wait for the world to meet him.”
Zach Galifianakis is a stand-up comedian-turned actor, well known for playing Alan Garner in The Hangover trilogy of films (released in 2009, 2011, 2013, respectively) and also for starring, with Robert Downey Jr, in the 2010 road-trip comedy, Due Date.
The sole content on his official website sums him up brilliantly — "Welcome to A new version coming in 2023."
Galifianakis's television career began in 1996 with Boston Common, the short-lived NBC sitcom in which he played stoner Bobby. Since then, he has appeared in a number of TV shows, including three editions of Saturday Night Live, 24 episodes of HBO's Bored to Death, Comedy Central's partially improvised comedy TV show Dog Bites Man, which he also wrote and produced, and 27 episodes of the Fox supernatural drama series Tru Calling.
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