Veterans of '30 Rock,' 'MADtv' and 'Mad Men' Join FX's Billy Crystal Project THR
A Billy Crystal comedy project in the works at FX has been busy adding cast members. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that the show, "The Comedians," has just added "30 Rock's" Matt Oberg, "MADtv's" Stephnie Weir and "Mad Men's" Megan Ferguson to the lineup.
The show stars Crystal and Josh Gad, a Tony nominee for "Book of Mormon."
"The single-camera entry from Fox Television Studios revolves around a superstar veteran comedian (Crystal) who is reluctantly paired with a younger, edgier comedian (Gad) for a late-night comedy sketch show. Gad's young and hip comic resents -- and rails against -- the pairing," the story reports.
The piece adds: "Oberg will play Mitch, the head writer of the sketch show, who is eager, even when he's being bulldozed by Billy, and will tell anyone who will listen about his past as a comedic jack-of-all trades.
"Weir is set as Kristen, the anxiety-ridden producer of Billy and Josh's sketch show, who frequently finds herself caught in the middle of their arguments.
"Ferguson will portray Esme, a no-nonsense PA who is mostly over it all, including Billy. The casting reunites her with Gad, whom she co-starred opposite in Ed Zwick's feature film 'Love & Other Drugs.'"
Showrunners Larry Charles ("Seinfeld"), Matt Nix ("Burn Notice") and Ben Wexler ("Arrested Development") are among the high-profile team of TV veterans working behind the scenes on the project.