‘After Lately’s’ Sarah Colonna Talks Plans For NBC Sitcom
First Published: November 17, 2011 4:25 PM EST Credit:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Chelsea Handler isn’t the only funny lady coming to NBC. The network recently greenlit a pilot script from former “Last Comic Standing” semifinalist, the very funny Sarah Colonna.
“We have it set in a restaurant bar and grill… in the south,” Sarah told AccessHollywood.com of the scenery to “Life As I Blow It,” the sitcom inspired by her own roots growing up in Arkansas. “You can get so many characters that way — the people that work in restaurants and come in to restaurants, and the people that you run into that you have known forever, but you haven’t seen. And [in] that small town, you’re waiting on your ex-boyfriend and his wife or whatever it is, so I think there can be a lot of fun aspects in that.”
Sarah, who appears on “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately” (the latter of which finds her serving as a producer), said her late night E! boss is fully behind her upcoming venture, which — if all things go as planned — is expected to shoot during the 2012 pilot season.
“She’s excited and she’s really supportive of it,” Sarah said.
The comedy, produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison and Sony Pictures Television, is based around Sarah’s February 7-due memoir, “Life As I Blow It: Tales of Love, Life & Sex…Not Necessarily in that Order.”
The comedian will star in the project, “unless they replace me,” she joked, as it features Sarah the character, navigating life in a small town where everyone knows each other – or thinks they know each other – and conversation can be too close for comfort.
“Oh yeah, people tell you exactly what’s going on or they ask those questions where you’re like, ‘Wait, are we supposed to talk about that? We haven’t seen each other in… years,” she laughed.
It’s also shaping up to be a show about a single woman navigating old school values and her own modern ideas.
“You’re bumping into people who are like, ‘Why aren’t you married with kids?’ And your family is sort of curious what you’re gonna do with your life, but you’re fine,” she explained. “A lot of people are trying to live a little more independently now in that atmosphere and I think they bump up against people going, ‘Well, what are you doing? Why aren’t you doing what we’re doing and having children and settling down and all those things? So I think it would make an interesting story that people can relate to.”
It was just a few weeks ago that Sarah, a veteran of “Last Comic Standing,” got the news that her project had been picked up to pilot and she admitted she was cruising through Los Angeles traffic when the call came through.
“I did cry in my car on the phone. Totally dangerous. But hey, I was using hands-free so it was fine,” she said.
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