COMEDY CENTRAL's(R) "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time" Commences Production on Second Season Set to Premiere on Wednesday, October 5 at 10:30 p.m.
NEW YORK, July 19, 2011 -- Nick Swardson's twisted world of trust fund kitties, gay robots and the infamous "Garry Gaga" will return as COMEDY CENTRAL begins production on the second season of "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time," it was announced today by Kent Alterman, head of original programming and production, COMEDY CENTRAL. The second season of the hit sketch series will premiere on Wednesday, October 5 at 10:30 p.m. following the fall season premiere of "South Park."
"We sent Nick off to therapy after season one, so we're confident he will be even more in touch with his dark, demented side for season two," said Alterman.
"I am very excited to be back for a second season. COMEDY CENTRAL has been great and very supportive. I feel that now, more than ever, our country needs to see a cat in a wheelchair doing cocaine. As do the children," said Swardson.
"Nick Swardson's Pretend Time" is a sketch show in which each sketch is filtered through the absurd point-of-view of stand-up comedian Nick Swardson. Swardson takes the viewer into his world through a series of sketches including the adventures of a wheelchair-bound cat as well as sketches inspired by the Internet sensation "Gay Robot," which follows the life of a gay robot and his frat boy friends. Swardson's world of make-believe incorporates every reach of the imagination - from monster doctors to a man's unique face transplant.
Executive produced by Swardson, Tom Gianas, and Doug Robinson with Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions and Culver Entertainment, the first season of "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time" averaged nearly 1.4 million total viewers and was the second-highest original cable series in Tuesday Prime with Men 18-34 during its fall 2010 run, improving the timeslot average by nearly 20% in key demos vs. the prior year. The series was co-created by Swardson and Tom Gianas, who is the director and co-writer of the series. Seth Cohen and Jack Herrguth are the executives in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.
Nick Swardson, a multi-talented actor, stand-up comedian and writer, was first recognized for his stand-up at the young age of 18. By 22, Swardson had become the youngest comic to shoot a half-hour stand-up special for COMEDY CENTRAL, following it with a second half-hour special six years later (2006) and his own one-hour, COMEDY CENTRAL Original Stand-up Special, "Seriously, Who Farted?," which premiered in 2009 and was released as a CD by COMEDY CENTRAL Records the same year. Swardson's long-term relationship with COMEDY CENTRAL also includes the 2007 release of his debut CD/DVD "Party" which has sold more than 140,000 copies (CD) and gone Platinum (DVD) and he is well-known to viewers for his recurring role as "Terry" in the network's hit series "RENO 911!"
On the film side, Swardson most recently co-starred in the feature film, "Just Go With It," starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman and "30 Minutes or Less" with Danny McBride, Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari, which hits theaters in August. Swardson will be seen in his first starring role this September in the Columbia Pictures feature, "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star," which he co-produced with Adam Sandler and Allen Covert. Other film credits include "Blades of Glory," "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," "You Don't Mess with Zohan" and "RENO 911!: Miami." He also co-wrote and appeared in "Grandma's Boy" and "Benchwarmers."
Tom Gianas has written and directed for "Saturday Night Live," "Human Giant," "The Adventures of Tenacious D," "The Awful Truth" with Michael Moore, "Mr. Show" and most recently, served as executive producer on "Drunk History" for HBO's "Funny or Die Presents."
COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 98 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet address is www.comedycentral.com.