IFC is solidifying itself as a destination for top names in comedy. Ahead of its annual upfront event scheduled for Thursday evening, the network announced a 2014-15 programming and development slate that includes a new series from a trio of Saturday Night Live veterans and Community star Joel McHale.
Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are behind the new comedy American Documentary, a half-hour anthology series featuring documentaries and biopics about completely made-up historical figures. Also added to the schedule is American Storage, a scripted half-hour comedy starring Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital, Human Giant) as a free-spirited L.A. bachelor who lives in a storage facility. Both new series are slated to premiere in 2015.
Next year IFC will also introduce the Comedy Music Awards, a collaboration with CollegeHumor that satirizes traditional awards shows, while honoring the best in the musical comedy genre.
IFC renewals include Comedy Bang! Bang!, the bizzaro talk show hosted by Scott Aukerman and his sidekick, Reggie Watts, which has been picked up for a 40-episode fourth season. Sketch comedy series The Birthday Boys, executive produced by Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller, has received a 10-episode second season.
On the development side, IFC is working with Joel McHale on the scripted comedy Westside, about suburbanites forced into a life of crime, and producer Teri Weinberg (The Office, Ugly Betty) on The Bank, about a dysfunctional family who runs a sperm bank.