Jason Sudeikis, who is well known for his roles in Horrible Bosses, Hall Pass, We’re the Millers, Masterminds, etc is all set to host an upcoming show on TBS. The TBS network announced on Friday that Jason Sudeikis will host a new comedy competition show with the network. TBS missed out on airing the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this year, but the cable network has come up with another bracket-style contest — this one involving a host of prominent comedians.
Tournament of Laughs comes from The Jay & Tony Show, with Jay Blumenfield, Tony Marsh, and showrunner Pip Wells as executive producing.
The seven episodes long Tournament of Laughs will feature 32 comics going head-to-head for bragging rights as a comedy champion. Jason Sudeikis will serve as host and commentator for the remotely produced series, which premieres June 21.
Each week, the comics will film, produce and star in their own videos, ranging from stand-up sets to song parodies and whatever else they choose. Viewers will vote on the winner of each matchup until the final when a panel of comedy experts will crown the winner – The Ultimate Comedian!
“We may be without some of our favorite sports right now but we can still partake in some fierce rivalries,” said Brett Weitz, general manager of TNT, TBS, and truTV. “These comics promise to bring the funny each week, but the audience will get to decide who gets the last laugh.”
The production plans to make donations to the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Black Lives Matter.
Comedians set to take part in the show are Jeff Ross, Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Judah Friedlander, Michael Rapaport, Jim Norton, Fortune Feimster, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Natasha Leggero, Cameron Esposito, Godfrey, The Sklar Brothers, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Josh Wolf, Clayton English, Yamaneika Saunders, Gina Yashere, Tim Dillon, Moshe Kasher, Jessica Kirson, Paul Rodriguez, Sarah Tiana, Matteo Lane, Beth Stelling, Vladimir Caamano, Ian Edwards, Aida Rodriguez, Megan Gailey, Preacher Lawson and Piff The Magic Dragon, with two additional performers still to be named.
Tournament of Laughs isn’t the first show to be remotely shot. Other shows like Fox’s Celebrity Watch Party, Nickelodeon’s Group Chat and Game Face, and a host of other specials have already adapted the same method amidst the pandemic.
The eclipse on production is yet to end and in times of a global crisis, production houses have introduced themselves to new methods to keep up their work and to keep their audiences engaged.