Ellen DeGeneres producing A&E docu-series about kid comedian

Cast member Ellen DeGeneres (R), the voice of Dory, and her spouse, actress Portia de Rossi, attend the premiere of the animated motion picture comedy "Finding Dory" in Los Angeles on June 8, 2016. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) — A&E Networks says it has greenlit “Little Funny,” executive producer Ellen DeGeneres‘ docu-series about child comedian Saffron Herndon.

The 10-episode program is to debut in early 2017. It will feature comedy icons Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, George Lopez and Tom Papa acting as mentors to Saffron.

“It’s crazy that Saffy is telling such hilarious jokes at 11 years old. When I was 11, I was telling knock-knock jokes. To be honest, I’m still telling knock-knock jokes,” DeGeneres said in a statement.

“The world of standup comedy has never been explored through the point of view of an 11-year-old kid,” added Elaine Frontain Bryant, the network’s executive vice president and head of programming. “Saffy’s journey, like that of any artist, is unique and unexpected. Viewers will have a peek behind the curtain as she hones her craft with the help of today’s best comics.”


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