Showtime has ordered the comedy-inflected unscripted series "Laughing Stock," from producers Steve Carell and David Steinberg.
Each episode of "Laughing Stock" will be a one-on-one interview between Steinberg and a slew of top-notch comedians, delving into their perception of the craft and the evolution of their comic sensibilities.
"What makes our show unique is you will see the comedian's connections to each other and to those who have influenced them in the past," states Steinberg. "It's like getting a look at a comedy tree of the last five decades."
Adds Carell, "We have gathered a monumental assortment of comedic legends, and their contemporary protégées. It's enlightening, fascinating, but more importantly, it's funny."
Showtime will premiere the half-hour series in early 2012. Guests will include legends like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Don Rickles, plus contemporary comedic voices including Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Larry David, Ellen DeGeneres, Judd Apatow, Tina Fey, Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman, plus Carell himself.