IFC has launched an "Adopt-A-Comic" program to help spotlight the standout work of one comedian in line with the network's own "Slightly Off" sensibilities. The network's first adoptee is comedian Chris Gethard (The Other Guys; The Dictator) who will host on-air programming, create exclusive content for IFC.com and more. He is also developing his very own comedy series for IFC based on his recent book, A Bad Idea I'm About To Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure. IFC has ordered a pilot script of the project.
Chris Gethard's book is a compilation of his own experiences navigating adolescence and young adulthood mired in ill-fated nerdom, such as studying to become an ultimate fighter and volunteering to accompany a gang of local juvenile delinquents during their very necessary trip to the legendary Scared Straight program. Coming in 2013, Chris Gethard can be seen in Iron Man 3 and is currently shooting Paul Feig's The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy for 20th Century Fox.
"This program is IFC's way of spotlighting comedians we admire," said Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager of IFC. "We're extremely grateful to Chris Gethard and his family for allowing us this special opportunity."
Commented Gethard: "When I told my parents I was being adopted by a television station, they said 'Why do you need to be adopted? You are 32 years old. We gave you a pretty good, easy suburban life.' They don't get how much of an opportunity it is for me that a hip cable network wants to raise me like a human baby."
As IFC's inaugural adoptee, Chris Gethard will host movie blocks, special programming stunts, and be featured in network promos for IFC. He will also create original content for IFC.com and be involved in key IFC events with partners such as SXSW and BAM. In addition, IFC will spotlight Chris Gethard's comedy work, including his cable access show, podcast, book and stand-up through on-air, online and live events. IFC's dedicated web page for the adoption will showcase Chris Gethard's previous work and ongoing IFC activities.