Janet Varney’s ‘Fortune Rookie’ Heads to IFC Comedy Crib
The world needs more Janet Varney
A new series is coming to IFC, the network announced today the launch of a new digital comedy series called “Fortune Rookie,” which is set to debut on the Comedy Crib. Created by and starring Janet Varney (Stan Against Evil, You’re the Worst), “Fortune Rookie” follows a fictionalized version of Janet Varney who, on the advice of a fortune teller in a bathroom, decides to leave showbiz behind and become a full-time psychic.
The eight-episode series joins the Comedy Crib’s current array of web series including “Frank & Lamar” and “The Mirror and Neurotica”.
Exploring her gifts (such as they are), Janet parses the future of a Los Angeles populated by the famous and the not-so-famous, from aspiring cult leaders to aging boy bands. While she reads palms, tarot cards and the occasional piece of cheese to help those seeking answers, she winds up helping herself most of all. Guest stars include Scott Adsit (Big Hero 6), Steve Agee (Adventure Time), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Deborah Baker Jr. (Stan Against Evil), Ian Brennan (Glee), Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live), Oscar Nunez (The Office) and James Roday (Psych).
Fortune Rookie is produced by Above Average and executive produced by Varney, Brandon R. Reynolds, Brice Beckham, David Fickas and Brett Blake. Additionally, Varney and Reynolds serve as series writers.
Last month we reported that IFC also picked up “Toast of London,” a comedy series created by Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry. Already a BAFTA award winning comedy, the show stars Berry as Steven Toast, an eccentric, middle-aged actor with a sketchy past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it. Three seasons have been broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK, all written by Mathews and Berry, and they are making their way stateside in 2019. The half-hour comedy, which is produced by Objective Fiction, part of all3media’s Objective Media Group, has completed three, six-episode seasons with guest stars including Jon Hamm, Morgana Robinson, Vic Reeves and Josh Homme.