Jim Jefferies has landed his own American sitcom
The FX network has commissioned a 13-part series from the Australian stand-up, called Legit, following the success of a pilot last year.
Jefferies will play a version of himself – a hard-living stand-up who tries to go straight, or ‘legit’, with mixed results
He created the show with Peter O'Fallon, a director whose credits include The Riches and Thirtysomething.
FX executive Nick Grad said: ‘We really love the pilot that Peter and Jim shot.
‘This is going to be a breakout vehicle for Jim. He has such a unique voice, which is the common trait of any great comedian. It just happens to be spoken with an Australian accent.’
He said: ‘FX has set the bar so high with shows like Louie and Sunny, but I believe Peter and I have created something special.
‘The cast is amazing, and FX has given us all the freedom we need. I can’t wait for people to see it.’
Dan Bakkedahl – an improviser from Chicago's Second City who has had roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Community – co-stars as Steve, Jim's best friend, with character actor DJ Qualls set to play Steve's brother, Billy.
Jefferies honed his stand-up craft in the UK, but has spent the past three years in Los Angeles, trying to break America.
Legit will air in the states in January next year.