Carrying the working title of "Falling for You", a new cable reality show will pit 16 hopefuls against each other for a prize of $100,000 and the title of "Best Physical Comedian", while Armstrong, Atkinson and Chase will act as series hosts and judges.
Producer of the show, Buster Nuckles, tells reporters, "It will be a great series hosted by great pratfall artists. Atkinson's Mr. Bean is legendary, Chase tumbles over furniture like nobody's business, and no one falls over a set of handlebars quite like Armstrong".
Split into two teams of eight contestants at the start, each team will be given a comedic theme, then choreograph and perform a stage skit filled with physical comedy. Losing teams each week will have to nominate the weak link in the troop, sending them to a ceremonial final tumble over the original Dick Van Dyke Show ottoman, while on their way out the door.
"These kids are truly gifted", says the 66 year old Chase while being interviewed from his wheelchair. "Clearly I can't do that sort of stuff any more, at least not without breaking a hip". Atkinson agreed, "The art of the tumble has truly evolved but at least I can still rely on my face for laughs". Armstrong seemed to be the reluctant participant in the show saying, "I don't think losing a nut and falling off my bike is funny at all, but the paycheck from the show will be pretty nice."
The pilot episode sets the tone for the competition with the "Milk through the Nose" spit take. Contestants will compete against each other by escalating the type of material ejected from their nostrils through intense laughter. Without ruining the results from the first competition, the winner did manage to eject a copious amount of chicken noodle soup with peas no less, to lock up the win. Episode two will involve wet cement, large breasted women and an Emu. We're not allowed to say why.