Seeso, the newly launched ad-free comedy streaming channel, has greenlit Debate Wars, a comedy debate show moderated by Michael Ian Black where two teams of comedians and improvisers enter the “Debatium” to settle, once and for all, the greatest arguments of all time – cats versus dogs, pie versus cake, babies versus old people – all in front of a live audience. The range of comedic combatants will include Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander, Gilbert Gottfried, Eugene Mirman, Aparna Nancherla, Todd Barry, Jo Firestone, Connor Ratliff, Guy Branum, Phoebe Robinson and Dave Hill. Running analysis of the debates will be provided by commentators Brandon Scott Jones and Morgan Grace Jarrett.
“I look forward to moderating spirited debates on all manner of inconsequential subjects that are, nonetheless, of grave national importance. Hopefully our debaters will conduct themselves with exactly the same level of maturity as our presidential candidates,” said Michael Ian Black.
The six episode show will tape in New York City May 19-21. Fans can sign up for tickets through the Debate Wars ticketing here.
“Debate wars combines three things America just can’t seem to get enough of: debates, wars and Michael Ian Black. Enough said,” said Evan Shapiro, Executive Vice President, Digital Enterprises, NBCUniversal.
The show is being run by longtime Conan O’Brien writer Brian McCann and directed by fellow Conan vet Liz Plonka. Michael Ian Black.
“I feel like this show is, in a way, the realization of Donald Trump’s vision of building a wall and making Mexico pay for it. Except in this case it’s Seeso paying instead of Mexico. And it’s not a wall, it’s a half hour comedy debate show. But otherwise, it’s totally the same thing,” said Executive Producer Dan Pasternack.