Zach Galifianakis to play Bakersfield man in new FX comedy
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Multiple media sources are reporting that the FX network has picked up a 10-episode run of a comedy starring Zach Galifianakis as a man from Bakersfield.
Some other comedy heavy hitters are involved, too: Louis C.K. and writer/director Jonathan Krisel ("Portlandia," "Saturday Night Live").
"Baskets," set for 2015 production and a 2016 airing, will feature Galifianakis as Bakersfield man Chip Baskets, pursuing his dream to be a respected clown, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His character resorts to a job with a local rodeo after an unsuccessful attempt at a prestigious Paris clowning school, per THR.
Grantland relayed this show description from a news release it obtained:
"In a world constrained by corporate interests and the homogenization of society, one man in Bakersfield, California dares to follow his dream of becoming a professional clown. But after an unsuccessful enrollment at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, the only job he can find is with the local rodeo. Baskets follows Chip Baskets' pursuit of his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown."
No media reports have made mention of C.K. having an acting role in "Baskets," though a cameo certainly isn't out of the question.
The show is part of an FX development deal with C.K., star of the network's acclaimed comedy "Louie."