Two Stand Up NY favorites are ready to team up on the silver screen on October 1st with the series premiere of the IFC’s latest show Benders. Andrew Schulz and Chris Distefano are regulars at the club and have now landed starring roles on the brand new comedy. The eight-episode hockey comedy was developed by Denis Leary and the Apostle production company, which is best known for Rescue Me, Leary’s dark comedy based on New York City firefighters. The show chronicles the trials and tribulations of four friends and teammates on a men’s ice hockey team. IFC has already shown an aptitude for fostering and developing comedians and hit comedies, with existing evidence in Fred Armisen’s Portlandia, Marc Maron’s Maron and Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang! Bang!
Along with being two prominent stand-up comics in the New York landscape, Schulz and Distefano have already shown their on-screen chemistry to a wide audience. Both have been hits on MTV2’s Guy Code and Guy Court, sharing their unique takes on social issues and forewarning fellow gentlemen in need when it comes to the pitfalls of the dating scene in 2015. Now the two will look to continue their success with Benders. Taking into account the network, developer and undeniable talent aboard the project, Benders seems primed to become the fall’s first new hit comedy when it debuts on October 1st.