The first TV show ever produced by the digital comedy network Jash has arrived. The High Court with Doug Benson, in which the titular host deliberates on a series of real cases, premiered its first episode on at midnight on February 28th on Comedy Central.
In each High Court episode, Benson — who in his career has built much of his shtick around his love of weed — hears testimony from a plaintiff and defendant and then makes whatever decision his drug-addled mind thinks is best. A series of stand-up comedians, including Michael Ian Black, Rory Scovel, and Jash co-founder Reggie Watts, will serve as The High Court’s “guest bailiffs.”
In a High Court clip posted to YouTube, Benson begins to resolve an argument related to a towed car:
As noted in an Esquire article, Jash co-founder Daniel Kellison recruited Benson as host, reasoning that the comedian’s perpetually-stoned demeanor would make him the right man for the job. “I guess I’m the go-to pot guy,” Benson told Esquire. “I said, ‘Sure that sounds like fun,’ not really thinking it through. Once I got here I started feeling a little responsibility for what’s happening.”
For Jash, The High Court is a maiden voyage into the world of serial television. The comedy network has recently expanded beyond its short-form digital roots to produce a number of high-profile projects, including an upcoming Netflix comedy special led by another one of the company’s co-founders, Sarah Silverman.
In total, 20 episodes of The High Court have been produced. They will air weeknights at midnight on Comedy Central.