The news that Justin Bieber got arrested for drag racing and driving under the influence probably shouldn’t be called “news,” or matter at all. In comedy news alone, Amy Poehler signed a network overall deal, Bill Cosby is set to return to TV, SNL’s Weekend Update has a brand new co-anchor, and way more happened in the course of the past week. There’s plenty of news that will affect your life, especially if you love comedy as opposed to the 21st century archetype of the child star turned rebel going through very public growing pains.
So, with that out of the way, here’s The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now.
–FXX sets premiere date for Legit and Ali G: Rezurection for end of February.
–ABC announces another Toy Story holiday television special slated for Christmas 2014.
–ABC orders comedy pilot from Anthony Anderson starring Laurence Fishburne.
–Epix HD had a technical difficulty releasing Patton Oswalt’s latest comedy special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, which resulted in a flurry of funny tweets parodying the comedy special by Oswalt himself.
–The Chris Gethard Show to supposedly one up the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics during live show in Bay Area of California.
–Parks and Recreation renewed for seventh season at NBC.
–Amy Poehler signs overall deal at NBC and also lands pilot that will star Natasha Lyonne.
–Modern Family and Veep win at this year’s SAG Awards.
–Both The Pod F. Tompkast and No, You Shut Up with Paul F. Tompkins are returning this year.
–The Colbert Report and Modern Family win at this year’s PGA Awards.
–Amy Poehler to be first and last guest on Late Night and Will Smith and U2 will be the first guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Billy Crystal to be last guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
–Patton Oswalt and Fred Armisen to guest star on Vegas episode of Modern Family.
–The initial line-up of this year’s Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, TX includes Maria Bamford, Dennis Miller, Kurt Brauohler, Kids In The Hall, Hannibal Buress, and way more.
–B.J. Novak writing children’s book with no pictures.
–Patton Oswalt returns to host Visual Effects Society Awards.
–Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Kevin Hart, and Jordan Peele to voice Captain Underpants from DreamWorks Animation.
–Brad Garrett to host this year’s WGA Awards West.
–Rashida Jones to star in Steve Carell TBS procedural comedy pilot Tribeca.
–Bill Cosby to star in family comedy at NBC.
–The Ellen Degeneres Show to air in China.
–HBO developing electronic music comedy with Calvin Harris and Jay-Z.
–TCM Classic Film Festival to honor Jerry Lewis.
–Gregory Go Boom starring Michael Cera wins Short Film Jury Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
–Rosario Dawson to return for Clerks III.
–Chris Gethard releasing first comedy album Apr. 22nd.
–Colin Jost to be new SNL Weekend Update co-anchor replacing Seth Meyers.
–Modern Family‘s Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh sign overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.
–Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule is back for 3rd season at Adult Swim at end of February.
–HBO passes on People In New Jersey pilot directed by Paul Feid, executive produced by Lorne Michaels, and starring Sarah Silverman; retooling Riddle/Salahuddin comedy pilot set in Atlanta.
–Jeffrey Tambor and Will Arnett will meet again on TV, this time on The Millers at CBS.
–HBO not renewing Family Tree or Hello Ladies.
–Fred Armisen to release singles from fictional bands he made up on SNL.
And here’s the previous Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now, in case you missed out.