Three Strikes (TV series)

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Three Strikes was a situation comedy pilot from Jon Stewart's production company for Comedy Central.

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Three Strikes is believed to be the first comedy pilot under Comedy Central's first-look deal with Stewart's Bus Boy Prods." [1] The cast for the filmed pilot includes: Frank John Hughes, Adrian Martinez, Reno Wilson, Phil Hendrie, Toby Huss and Ken Jeong. When the show wasn't picked up, the creators put an episode on YouTube hoping it could find an audience there.[ citation needed ]

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References

  1. Jon Stewart "Strikes" out with Comedy Central, Reuters, August 8, 2006; retrieved September 8, 2015.