Comedy Creates Mobile Show
FEBRUARY 22, 2006 -
Comedy Central is launching an original animated series designed for mobile devices that brings together talents from the worlds of standup comedy, political satire and pornography.
The network plans to launch eight two-and-a-half minute episodes of Samurai Love God sometime during the first quarter of 2006. The story follows the adventures of a sexually charged Samurai hero, to be voiced by Daily Show correspondent Ed Helms. However, the biggest name attached to the project is the ubiquitous porn star Jenna Jameson, who will provide the vocals for a female character named P-Whip. Other characters will be voiced by prominent standup comedians such as Lisa Lampinelli, known for her particularly bawdy material.
Comedy Central plans to launch several mobile series in addition to Love God, believing that the network's content and personality translate well to the emerging area of mobile video.
"The comedy genre works very well in short-form," said Lou Wallach, the network's senior vp, original programming and development. "It's a great visual and audio medium. Samurai Love God is the first of many mobile talent deals we look forward to announcing."
The comedy network has been out in front of many cable players in terms of developing original fare geared for various digital distribution outlets. Last year, the company launched the broadband platform Motherload with a handful of original series. Recently the network announced a spate of several new series that are in development specifically for broadband sometime this year.
With Samurai, the network is hardly shying away from controversy as it tackles the mobile medium. In a news release, Samurai Love God was described as being from a "distant and erotic land where the ancient secrets of seduction are passed down through generations of Kama Sutra, oyster popping, orgy-loving horn dogs. He's the Dali Licky Lama, the Gandhi from Behindi. For men everywhere, he is their messiah, savior and sensei. He is The Samurai Love God."