You’ve heard, “If you build it, they will come.” Well, if you make ‘em laugh, they will hire you. Case in point, comedian Rob Riggle has been making the rounds in various guest roles and his popularity has just won him the starring role in the new Fox pilot, The Gabriels.
You saw him on the big screen in 21 Jump Street. He’s done recent guest work on New Girl and The Cleveland Show. Now the Fox network has plans to put Riggle to work full-time. THR had the inside scoop of the new comedy pilot, The Gabriels.
The pilot centers around a quiet, “introverted, neurotic Wisconsin family that lives in a community of over-sharers.” Riggle will star as Ken Gabriel, “a childlike man with devilish energy.” I’ve got to say, this premise has me scratching my head. What is an over-sharer? Is that like when a co-worker shares too much information? And are the Gabriels the introverts or the wild people? From his brief description, it sounds like Riggle’s role as Ken Gabriel will be a bit of a menace. Maybe his is the problem family in the center of the mundane neighborhood.
The League‘s Justin Hurwitz and The Last Exorcism Part II‘s Andrew Gurland will write and executive produce the comedy. From horror to horrifyingly funny situations?
Riggle has also worked on Adult Swim’s NTSF:SD:SUV, where he is the President of the Navy, The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, FX’s Wilfred and ABC’s Happy Endings and Gary Unmarried. Do you think The Gabriels pilot will get picked up?
In the 21 Jump Street movie, Riggle played Mr. Walters as part of a cast boasting Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Ice Cube, Dax Flame and Chris Parnell with cameos from series originals Holly Robinson Peete, Johnny Depp, Peter DeLuise and Dustin Nguyen.