BBC3 controller Zai Bennett has greenlit a comedy pilot fronted by upcoming stand-up Imran Yusuf.
The Imran Yusuf Show will feature a mix of stand up, location shot sketches, green screen action and animation, centred around the comedian and his previous profession as a games developer.
Yusuf has already appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow for BBC1, and as part of the line up on the Edinburgh Comedy Gala on BBC3, and was nominated for the Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards last year.
Shine indie Brown Eyed Boy will produce the pilot, which will not be broadcast. The team is currently working on the final episode of How Not To Live Your Life, which will run as a Christmas special.
Bennett axed the show as part of a raft of changes he made during his first weeks in the job.
Among his new commissions are a further two pilots: Eggbox - about life on a teenage cancer ward, which is being made by Hat Trick – and IED, a British Hurt Locker “but with laughs”, which is being made in house.
Brown Eyed Boy’s managing director Gary Reich said: “Since first working with Imran on our LaughterShock pilot two years ago I have watched him blossom into one of the most dynamic, passionate and hardest working comics in the country today and it is thrilling to help facilitate his progressive vision.
“We are also looking forward to giving How Not To Live Your Life a particularly memorable send-off and we have some big surprises up our sleeve.
“We’re grateful to BBC3 for once more putting new and emerging talent at the forefront of their ambitions and are looking forward to working hard with Zai to bring yet more through.”