Rainbow Media's IFC is adding The Larry Sanders Show, the caustic talk-show comedy starring Garry Shandling, and three other acquired comedies in 2011.
The Ben Stiller Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David and Action were the other culy-classic acquisitions tapped to fit in with Monty Python's Flying Circus, Arrested DevelopmentFreaks and Geeks and Undeclared as IFC builds on its "Slightly Off" tagline.
IFC's already been touting new original series for 2011: Onion News Network, based on the iconic fake news organization, and Portlandia, a short-based scripted comedy series from Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.
IFC plans a new 90-minute comedy block, featuring new interviews with writers, creators and stars of each show along with comedians who have been influenced by them. Hosted by comedian Scott Aukerman, founder of the Comedy Death-Ray weekly live comedy show in Los Angeles, the block will launch on Monday, Jan. 3, and air on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10-11:30 p.m. ET/PT. The debut will feature interviews with actors Andy Dick (The Ben Stiller Show) and Sarah Silverman (Mr. Show).