Comedy Central Picks Up Pot Comedy ‘The High Court’ With Doug Benson To Series

Denise Petski
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Comedy Central has given the green light to The High Court, a new 15-minute strip series from comedian Doug Benson for premiere in 2017.  It features Judge Doug as he gets high and rules on real small claims court cases. The concept is loosely born from Benson and JASH’s popular YouTube show, Getting Doug with High.

In The High Court, both parties agree in advance to have the case settled as Judge Doug hears both sides and then retires to his chambers with a guest bailiff to get very stoned and deliberate. All decisions rendered are highly binding.

The series is executive produced by  Benson, Bruce Smith, JASH’s Daniel Kellison and Propagate’s Ben Silverman, Howard Owens and Kevin Healey. JASH and Propagate will co-produce the series.

“I never knew Doug got high, until one time I saw him, and he wasn’t,” said Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central.

Comedian, actor and marijuana advocate Benson hosts podcasts, Getting Doug with High and Doug Loves Movies. He is a regular guest on Comedy Central’s late-night series @midnight with Chris Hardwick and has appeared on Comedy Central series The Benson Interruption, Comedy Central Presents, and Live at Gotham. He has released four Comedy Central Records including, “Unbalanced Load,” “Hypocritical Oaf,” “Potty Mouth,” and “Smug Life.” Benson has also appeared in his documentary film Super High Me, as well as in VH1’s Best Week Ever, and the fifth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

Said Benson: “Got a f-ed up legal problem? Who better to solve it than someone who is super f-ed up?”

The High Court joins a growing list of pot-themed scripted comedy series including HBO’s High Maintenance, Netflix’s upcoming Chuck Lorre sitcom Disjointed, and MTV’s Mary + Jane. Amazon also recently greenlit marijuana-themed comedy pilot Budding Prospects starring Will Sasso.

Benson is repped by manager Bruce Smith and attorney Lev Ginsburg.

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