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Larry Charles Project Picked Up by CBS

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 12th 2010 5:00PM
Paul Kaye will star in a new pilot helmed by Larry Charles and Ant hinesAccording to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Larry Charles and Ant Hines, the director and writer behind 'Borat' and 'Bruno,' are teaming up again for a new CBS pilot starring English comedian and actor Paul Kaye. The project, which the Reporter says stars Kaye as a "British low-life moving to LA to reconnect with his daughter who is a teen celebrity," is untitled.

Charles has been much acclaimed for his work with Sacha Baron Cohen, as well as Larry David on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' Jerry Seinfeld on 'Seinfeld,' and Paul Reiser on 'Mad About You.' In Kaye, he has another talented comedian who likes to instigate trouble and who can move easily between characters.

Kaye's breakout role in England was on BBC Two's 'The Sunday Show' playing interviewer Dennis Pennis, who would ambush celebrities on the red carpet. That character was actually strangled by another one of his characters, lawyer Mike Strutter, whom Kaye portrayed for the U.K.'s version of MTV.

The Reporter calls the project 'semi-scripted,' as was 'Borat.' Which is an exciting prospect. Charles and Hines worked well with Cohen's skills for improvisation knack for characters, and Kaye seems no less talented in those areas.

Here's a quick introduction to Kaye as Pennis (search YouTube for some longer clips):


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