Cedric hopes to entertain again

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Cedric the Entertainer wants to make you laugh. The funnyman has signed a talent deal with ABC and is readying a half-hour sitcom project cocreated by Bernie Mac creator Larry Wilmore.

The untitled pilot will feature Cedric as a security chief at LAX. He must balance his work life with the demands of being a single father raising a teenage girl.

Cedric appears semiregularly on Comedy Central's The Daily Show. He starred in his own sketch show, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, which ran for one season on The WB. Before that he was a regular on The Steve Harvey Show.

Recently, Cedric starred in Cedric the Entertainer: Taking You Higher, a comedy special on HBO--home to Cedric Presents cocreator Louis C.K.'s short-lived sitcom Lucky Louie.

Cedric next appears in the comedy The Cleaner.

Wilmore has recently been serving as a consultant on NBC's sitcom The Office. He also appeared in the episodes "Diversity Day" and "Gay Witch Hunt."

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