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Comedy Central Gives Jon Benjamin a New Van (And His Own Sketch Show)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 13th 2010 2:11PM
Jon Benjamin gets his own Comedy Central sketch show, 'Jon Benjamin Has a Van,' for 2011Comedy nerds, rejoice: One of the funniest supporting players in television will step into the spotlight on Comedy Central next summer with the premiere of 'Jon Benjamin Has a Van,' a sketch comedy series slated to begin production this fall.

TV comedy fans should be familiar with Benjamin's voice -- he's Sterling Archer on 'Archer,' and has done work on 'Assy McGee,' 'The Family Guy' and 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force.' He'll also voice the title character on Fox's upcoming 'Bob's Burgers.'
Further back, he was the voice of Coach McGuirk on 'Home Movies' and Dr. Katz' son Ben. In front of the camera, he was hilarious on 'Important Things with Demetri Martin' whether he was Benjamin Franklin or just some jerk arguing over a parking space.

More than that, Benjamin has an impressive record as a writer, with 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien,' 'Home Movies,' and 'Important Things,' and a producer, again with 'Important Things' and 'Home Movies.' He has more than proven he has the skills to helm his own show.

The premise of the show is interesting. Not just a sketch show that presents a series of disjointed vignettes, there will be a through line in the form of Benjamin's character, an investigative reporter who hits the streets in his van looking for human interest stories. (Presumably, the stories will be the sketches.)

"Not since de Tocqueville has there been a more insightful look into the fabric of America and the people who live in it," says Benjamin in the Comedy Central press release, "and I'm not just saying that because I read that book and you didn't. Anyway, if you hate everything French, there's a shot you will love this show."

Demetri Martin's 'Important Things' looked like the kind of quirky sketch show that would draw a cult audience, but it drew 2.5 million viewers for its debut and was generally well reviewed. Benjamin has a similar potential.

Benjamin (who sometimes appears as H. Jon Benjamin) will executive produce with Andrew Steele and Funny or Die.

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Why do some media refer to "Family Guy" as "The Family Guy"? Or is is a different show?

July 13 2010 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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