Ariana Bacle
December 14, 2015 AT 03:41 PM EST

Being a clown is tough, as Zach Galifianakis discovers in new FX comedy Baskets: The actor plays Chip Baskets, who has to settle for being a rodeo clown in his home of California instead of following his dreams to be a (significantly more sophisticated) French clown overseas.

The show was created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K., and Jonathan Krisel, whose writing credits include work on shows like Portlandia and Kroll Show. 

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“[They’ve] created an absolutely brilliant show,” Eric Schrier, a president of original programming at FX, said in a statement to EW in August 2014. “To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement. We can’t wait for the world to meet him.”

See an exclusive glimpse of the Baskets key art below and above, and watch the first episode when it premieres Jan. 21 at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

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