Russell Simmons

*Comedy Central has ordered a six-episode half-hour stand-up series from Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan, the network announced today.

The as-yet-unnamed multicultural series hosted by JB Smoove, (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) will shoot in Los Angeles on Feb. 24 and 25 at the El Rey Theater and is set to premiere this summer.

“We’ve been trying to get into business with Russell and Stan for a while now and this new stand-up series is an exciting first venture for us to partner with them,” said Elizabeth Porter, Comedy Central’s senior vice president, specials and talent.

Stan Lathan

Simmons stated, “‘Def Comedy Jam’ made a significant contribution to American pop culture by introducing so many superstars. Now, with Comedy Central as our new partner, we’re poised to present the next generation of star talent.”

Simmons and Lathan currently executive produce the MTV hit reality shows, “Run’s House,” “Daddy’s Girls,” as well as “Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices” for HBO.

Their film credits include co-executive producing “Waist Deep,” “Gridlock’d” and “The Show.”