This week the Comedy channel premieres Baskets, a new comedy series created by Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Louis C.K. (Louie) and Jonathan Krisel (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Portlandia, Saturday Night Live, Man Seeking Woman).
Telling the story of Chip Baskets’ (Galifianakis) pursuit of becoming a respected professional clown, it will air just days after its broadcast in the US.
The series opens with Chip Baskets following his dream of being a French clown at a prestigious clowning school in France, although unfortunately reality keeps interfering. Saddled with financial difficulties and facing an impenetrable language barrier, he moves back to his hometown Bakersfield, USA with high hopes.
In Bakersfield, Chip is forced to confront his past and competes with his siblings for his mother’s approval and affection. Eventually Chip does secure a job as a clown, however it’s as at a Californian rodeo complete with bulls, broncs and cowboys.
Galifianakis is shown working double duty playing Chip as well as his twin brother Dale, who is seemingly more put-together and very full of himself.
On the heels of Louis C.K.’s second writing Emmy win for Louie, the 10 episode series Baskets is the first project under FX Productions’ overall deal with Louis C.K. and his production company Pig Newton.
January 26 at 9.30pm only on The Comedy Channel.