The Lonely Island to Executive Produce ‘Party Over Here' Sketch Comedy Series on Fox
The Lonely Island -- the comedy trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone from mid 2000s-era Saturday Night Live -- are teaming up with Paul Scheer of The League, Fresh Off the Boat and other TV shows to executive produce Party Over Here, a sketch comedy series slated to debut on Fox next month.
Nicole Byer of Girl Code, Jessica McKenna of Riot and former SNL writer Alison Rich from Resident Advisors will star in the half-hour sketch. It will feature a mix of pre-taped shorts as well as segments filmed in front of a live studio audience at Alexandria Hotel in Los Angeles.
Party Over Here will debut March 12 and air Saturdays at 11 p.m. In a statement, David Madden, president of Entertainment at Fox, said: "The late-night landscape is wildly competitive, and we thought long and hard about the kind of audacious, attention-getting voices we needed," Variety reports.
Madden added: "Andy, Akiva, Jorma, Paul and our three stars -- Nicole, Jessica and Alison -- are the ideal group of talent to do just that. They're fearless, original and, of course, very, very funny."
About the show, The Lonely Island said: "When we first conceived this idea, we thought of it as a spinoff of Empire. We failed miserably ... now it's much more of a sketch comedy show," Pitchfork reports.
Scheer added: "In an age where most millennials don't even know what a TV is, we are really excited to be getting into the TV business," Stereogum reports.
All members of The Lonely Island had left SNL by the early 2010s. Samberg is starring on Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Party Over Here marks The Lonely Island's return since 2013's The Wack Album. Watch the video for a highlight from that album, "Semicolon" featuring Solange, below.