Galifianakis to Star in FX 'Clown Comedy'
New series co-created with Louis CK is scheduled to premiere in 2016
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2014 9:26 AM CDT
In this Feb. 28, 2013, file photo, actor Zach Galifianakis watches the Los Angeles Lakers play the Minnesota Timberwolves.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

(Newser) – Anyone who's ever dreamed about being a professional clown (and who hasn't?) will be psyched to hear that a new comedy series created by Zach Galifianakis, Louis CK, and Portlandia director Jonathan Krisel has been ordered by FX, according to TVLine. Baskets will star Galifianakis in the title role of Chip Baskets, a California man who, "in a world constrained by corporate interests and the homogenization of society … dares to follow his dream of becoming a professional clown," according to the FX description. The first season will feature 10 episodes of the single-camera comedy and is scheduled to premiere in 2016. FX's president for original programming gushes about the Hangover star's performance, calling him "hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating."

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Aug 28, 2014 12:04 PM CDT
Bob Goldthwait made this movie 22 years ago - "Shakes the Clown". Not a big "Bobcat" fan myself, but this might be one of the top 5 funniest movies I've ever seen.
Aug 28, 2014 10:32 AM CDT
Hippies Want Him To Get A Shave And A Haircut ! ! !
Chris Farley
Aug 28, 2014 9:50 AM CDT
People with Coulrophobia will not like this. I am a fan of his Movies, but when I tried to watch his stand up, I realized he is a good supporting actor. His Live from the purple onion was just messed up.