The U.S. Fox network has ordered a pilot episode for a comedy/variety show starring the members of the popular Toronto quintet. The project, tentatively titled The Barenaked Ladies Variety Show, is set to expand upon the comedy sketches that have become a staple of the band’s concerts. The five band members — Steven Page, Kevin Hearn, Tyler Stewart, Jim Creeggan and Ed Robertson — will star in the skits as exaggerated versions of themselves, joined by guest actors.
Everyone wants to find the successful formula for variety television, it seems. And while BNL are a natural for this kind of show, I can’t help but worry that this will be a cheesy embarrassment. Even worse, it could delay their next album. Ack!
I’ll give it a shot, though, which is more than I can say for Nick and Jessica.