Not long after he moved to L.A. from Chicago in late 2011, former Second City cast member and iO Theater improviser Andy St. Clair, along with his writing partner Paul O’Toole, penned a TV pilot and sold it to MTV. But its getting made was contingent on landing the right lead actor.
Now, at long last, the wait is over. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Community” actor and co-star of “The Hangover” flicks Ken Jeong has filled that role. “Ken Jeong Made Me Do It,” the Reporter reports, “revolves around 22-year-old Andy, who, after catching his girlfriend cheating, accidentally rear-ends Jeong’s fancy car. Taking pity on Andy, Jeong takes it upon himself to teach him how to man up.”
As St. Clair told the Sun-Times during a recent chat, he and O’Toole envisioned “an alpha-male who’s a little off-center” for the part that Jeong will play and originally wrote it with Wilhem Dafoe in mind.
Besides their writing duties, St. Clair and O’Toole will co-executive produce the half-hour show.
“We couldn’t be happier or more excited to be working with Ken Jeong and MTV,” St. Clair said. “I’m so much closer to being on ‘The Real World’ now.”