If you’ve seen any of Will Ferrell’s films over the last few years — or indeed, just about any other major comedy — you should know by now who Rob Riggle is. The man has had supporting roles in everything from Step Brothers and The Other Guys to The Hangover and 21 Jump Street, and most recently even scored a gig hosting the 2012 Espy Awards. Now it looks like he will finally get his first shot at a lead role in a new comedy series being developed for HBO by his buddies Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Mark Wahlberg and Chris Henchy. Could this be the big break he’s been waiting for?
According to Deadline, the currently untitled show is based on an idea by Riggle himself and it will be a single camera comedy written by McKay and Henchy. The premise revolves around a successful bond trader working on Wall Street in the 1980s “who lives a dark, self-centered, unhealthy life.” Yep, I can definitely picture Riggle in that role.
McKay and Ferrell already have a good working relationship with HBO after bringing Eastbound & Down and Funny or Die Presents… to the network. Meanwhile, Wahlberg brought them Entourage and also executive produced Boardwalk Empire. It sounds like it should be a good fit for all involved, the only question is whether or not Riggle can carry his own show. What do you think, are you a fan of Rob Riggle and does this sound like a promising idea for a new comedy series?