Posts tagged as tommy johnagin

Bill Lawrence Is Producing an Autobiographical Sitcom Starring Tommy Johnagin

Standup Tommy Johnagin might be getting his own Everybody Loves Raymond-style sitcom. Deadline reports that Johnagin has teamed up with $h*! My Dad Says/Surviving Jack co-creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker to create a multi-cam comedy for CBS based on his life with Bill Lawrence signed on to executive produce. The untitled series — which has received a pilot commitment — stars Johnagin "as a standup comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town." Johnagin also had a similar pilot co-written with My Name Is Earl writer Mike Pennie in development at NBC in 2012.

For more on Johnagin, check out our interview with him [...]

Tommy Johnagin on Breaking Out as a Comic from Somewhere Other Than NY, LA, or Chicago

There’s no definitive path to a successful career in standup comedy. Just ask Tommy Johnagin.

Though he now lives in LA, Johnagin built a career in his mid-20s headlining clubs across the country, appearing on Letterman multiple times, and starring in his own Half Hour special on Comedy Central while based in St. Louis.

That kind of exposure doesn’t happen often to comics based in non-coastal cities, but Johnagin was able to pull it off through a relentless work ethic, clever jokes, and a clear idea of career goals.

Now, Johnagin’s back with a new The Half Hour on Comedy Central. Ahead of the Friday premiere, we talked about starting out [...]

NBC Is Buying All the Comedies

After buying four new comedy projects this week and picking up more episodes of two of its existing shows, NBC up and bought two more comedy projects this morning, one from actress Kate Walsh and another from stand-up Tommy Johnagin (pictured). The first project is a multi-cam sitcom loosely based on the real-life experiences of Kate Walsh and writer Chris Case (creator of TVLand's Retired at 35), who are dating. It centers on a divorced father of two boys who falls for a free-spirited police officer, all the while dealing with his ex who is seeing his best friend. The show from Tommy Johnagin, a  Letterman regular and [...]