saffron herndon

Ellen DeGeneres has made a name for herself in showbiz as an actress, host, and comedienne. Her talk show can always be counted on to bring the laughs thanks to a combination of unique games, fun pranks, and crazy gags. Now, she's expanding her horizons beyond the The Ellen DeGeneres show once more to tackle a brand new kind of reality show that could be the cutest thing to hit TV in a very long time. DeGeneres is set to executive produce a series called Little Funny, which will tell the story of young stand-up comic Saffron Herndon.

Little Funny, which has been given the greenlight A&E, will follow 11-year old stand-up comic Saffron Herndon as she moves forward in her comedy career. She'll be coached by some of the biggest names in comedy, including Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, George Lopez, Iliza Shlesinger, Tom Papa, and Ellen DeGeneres herself. Variety reports that A&E has ordered a first season of ten episodes, which will premiere at some point in 2017.

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Saffron Herndon became a viral hit thanks to social media, and she made her debut in mainstream comedy when she appeared on The Today Show to perform in front of a live audience. She names such comediennes as Phyllis Diller, Tina Fey, and Ellen DeGeneres as her idols. The pint-sized comic has been working her way around the stand-up comedy circuit for the past three years. Considering that she is currently only 11 years old, Saffron has an impressive amount of experience. Check out her Today performance for a look at what skills she already has going into Little Funny:

A&E probably won't let Saffron Herndon get into any more of her racy jokes than she could on Today, but it certainly could help her to develop her comedy to work as well on the small screen as it does on the stand-up circuit. Assuming that her career continues going strong into her tweens, Saffron will likely get more and more chances to appear on TV. Jokes that can actually be told for broadcast could help her to reach a much wider audience. Besides, the Today joke about her parents using her money is proof enough that she doesn't have to get racy to shock her audiences into laughter. A&E could be the perfect place for Saffron in the next stage of her career.

Of course, Saffron Herndon's brand of comedy won't be for everybody. Still, Little Funny looks like it could be the right combination of comedic and cute to work for just about anybody. Only time will tell if Ellen DeGeneres' golden touch will extend to Little Funny and craft a big hit for A&E. Take a look at our fall TV premiere schedule to see what you can watch on the small screen during the wait for Little Funny to hit the airwaves in 2017.

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