David Koechner Back to Sketch Comedy with Variety Sketch Show Pilot at NBC

By December 18, 2013

David Koechner

Right now you can catch David Koechner reprising his role as Champ Kind with the rest of the news team in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but soon he will be going back to his sketch comedy roots on NBC.

Deadline reports Koechner has created and will executive produce a new one-hour variety sketch show pilot for NBC. The deal seems appropriate as Koechner received a decent career boost as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” for a couple seasons. Koechner also recurred on the network’s successful comedy series “The Office” as the douchebag salesman Todd Packer.

With this new series, Koechner is working with Lou Wallach, who is producing the show way of his overall deal through Universal Television’s Alternative Studio. Wallach had apparently wanted to get a sketch comedy show off the ground and asked Koechner to get involved. This isn’t the first time the comedian has worked with Wallach though since they collaborated on the web series “Full On Koechner.

The series only has a pilot order, so that will likely be tested out before NBC decides to order any more episodes. Koechner couldn’t be more thrilled with a return to sketch comedy:

“I got my start working for NBC on Saturday Night Live, followed by a stint on The Office, and I’m happy to be back. As a husband and father of five, my vision is for us to create a show that engages everyone. I want it to make a mom, dad and grandmother laugh, while the 13- to 19-year-old stands behind the couch peeking over his iPhone, equally amused by the content.”

Is NBC looking to have a competitor for The CW’s revival of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Or are we merely looking at a resurgence of the sketch comedy and variety shows that became popular in the early to mid 90s? Maybe NBC is just looking for a big comedy boost since they’ve also ordered a variety/sketch comedy show from “SNL” alum Maya Rudolph.

Koechner is recognizable as a face, but his name isn’t nearly as well known as his Anchorman alter ego. The actor hasn’t had a big enough break to be a standalone star, but he’s got some fantastic comedy chops with training from Chicago’s Second City. We can’t wait to see what he does with his return to sketch comedy.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.