Comedy Central picks up comedy ‘South Side,’ will film here

Comedy Central picks up comedy ‘South Side,’ will film here

Comedy Central has given a series order to the workplace comedy “South Side,” which is set in (and around) a rent-to-own business in Englewood.

The series “centers around two longtime friends trying to better their lives despite the numerous socioeconomic and political obstacles they face on a daily basis, authentically exploring the ups and downs of the ensemble of characters.” It will reportedly cast from Chicago’s acting ranks.

The show is created by Diallo Riddle along with Chicago natives (and brothers) Bashir Salahuddin and Sultan Salahuddin; both Riddle and Bashir previously worked as writers for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” All three writers will also have on-camera roles.

In a joint statement, the creators noted that while “Chicago is often viewed in a negative way these days, our show aims to find joy in the fuller picture of the city. Chicago, and specifically the South Side of Chicago, is a diverse place where families live, where people laugh, where kids have dreams and goals and yes, even some good times. It’s a special place full of unique experiences, a place some of us call home.”

According to Comedy Central, “South Side” will be “mostly shot in Chicago” — specifically the South Side. No word yet on when production will begin.

Lane 44, Ltd., founding partner and Executive Director Debbie Holstein spent most of her childhood performing in theatrical productions, acting, singing and dancing.