IFC adopts Chris Gethard, working on TV show based on his book
The television arms race to round up every great up-and-coming comedian continues. IFC has snagged Chris Gethard to join their ranks in a few different ways. First they’ve brought him on board to host on-air programming, create some exclusive content for www.ifc.com in addition to develop a comedy series based on Gethard’s recent book, A Bad Idea I’m About To Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgement and Stunningly Awkward Adventure. This all falls under a new venture launched by the network called “Adopt-A-Comic” which allows them to highlight comedians with sensibilities that reflect IFC’s comedic brand.
Gethard’s book is a compilation of the comedian’s experiences that often end up not how he expected them to. “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 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.”