SNL and Mulaney star Nasim Pedrad has signed a deal to develop, write, and star in a new comedy on Fox.
The multi-talented writer, actress, and comedian was a stand-out on Saturday Night Live for her impersonations of Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and Aziz Ansari, the latter of which is impressive since the sketch was cut from the show and aired on Conan. Recently, she was on Mulaney, another Fox comedy, and she is also slated to appear in Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens with Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Lea Michele.
Needless to say, Fox is keeping her busy, and according to the network, Pedrad has truly impressed them both as a performer and as a comedian and writer:
“Nasim’s an undeniable creative force in front of the camera and a brilliant writer/producer behind the camera,” 20th Century Fox Television president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis said. “We’ve long admired her work on SNL and Mulaney, and we think she’ll be hugely valuable to us on the comedy side. First up, she’ll join Scream Queens — why shouldn’t her introduction to the 20th family be on one of our most anticipated new shows from one of our greatest showrunners? And we can’t wait to develop with her later this year.”
Added Fox Broadcasting entertainment president David Madden: “Nasim is not only one of the most talented comedic actresses out there today, she’s also a formidable writer with a clear, bitingly witty point of view. With her role on Scream Queens and the ideas she’s already bringing to the table for development, we are so excited for her to be an even bigger part of the Fox family this year.”
There is no working title or premise for Pedrad’s show yet, but her deal with Fox is already drawing comparisons to Tina Fey, another Saturday Night Live alum who transitioned into writing and producing TV with 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter