Jay Mohr hunts for comic ''Idol''
It seems no one loves Fox’s ”American Idol” more than the folks at NBC. A day after NBC unveiled ”The Next Action Hero,” an ”Idol”-esque talent search reality show whose two winners will star in a made-for-NBC action movie, the network has announced yet another variation on the theme. In ”Funniest Person in America,” the contestants are comedians who will be eliminated one by one, with the winner starring in an NBC sitcom. Former ”Saturday Night Live” joker Jay Mohr will host and serve as executive producer on the reality series, Variety reports.
The show will be a combination of ”Idol” and ”Big Brother.” Mohr will host open auditions across the country, and the 10 finalists will have to live together as they compete for an NBC development deal over the course of eight episodes.
”In watching numerous reality shows, I realized that the people most deserving of at least 15 minutes of fame are comedians,” said Mohr, last seen as the host of ”Mohr Sports” on ESPN. ”This show is a wonderful opportunity to give a much-deserved ‘big break’ to the hardest working people in show business that I know.”