50 Cent hopes his new BET sketch comedy show equals 'In Living Color'

PHOTO: Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson attends BETs 50 Central Premiere Party, Sept. 25, 2017, in New York City. PlayAstrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for BET Networks
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50 Cent is a rapper and actor, not a stand-up comedian, but he feels right at home as the creator and host of BET's new late-night sketch comedy show, "50 Central."

The 42-year-old rapper, known to be something of a jokester, told ABC Radio that the show is more than a comedy.

"Technically it’s a variety show, but it has a lot of different things in it," 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, told ABC Radio. "It feels like a talent search, almost, and showcasing a lot of new talent from different people and different categories and stuff like that."

"There’s so many people that do things that are interesting," he added. "Like, they make you wonder, 'Why did you spend the time to be that good at that?'"

In addition to a mix of comedy skits by a fairly unknown cast, the show will feature stand-up routines, hidden camera pranks and musical guests. According to the rapper-turned actor, "50 Central" is aimed at young people.

"The target is definitely a younger audience," he said. "I feel like the actual sense of humor, the comedy that’s there, that they’ll completely be able to grasp it."

While he is confident that "50 Central" will succeed, the creator of the series "Power" hopes it will also follow in the footsteps of one of its legendary predecessors.

"I make comparisons with 'In Living Color' because of how many stars broke from that show," 50 Cent told ABC Radio. "I hope to live up to what 'In Living Color' did."

50 Cent recently blasted the STARZ network for their handling of "Power" following its season finale earlier this month.

"50 Central" premieres tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET on BET.

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