One of the biggest things to happen this week according to the Internet was the opening of Dumb Starbucks in Los Angeles, which is a rare case of comedy news making the front page, but still a great one for people just having to read Dumb Starbucks over and over again. Yet, there’s plenty more comedy news that happened over the last 7 days besides Fielder’s nice use of parody law including Lena Dunham’s book getting a release date, the first line-ups of the new Tonight Show and Late Night being announced, The Chris Gethard Show resuming their public access show for a bit, and much more.
So then, let’s get to The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now.
–Bonnaroo line-up announcement to be hosted by Taran Killam and Hannibal Buress.
–The 3rd Annual LA Podcast Festival is coming this September.
–Whitmer Thomas of LA comedy group Power Violence joins Comedy Central pilot Crazy House from Nick Turner and Lee Rubenstein.
–Rita Moreno to co-star with Natasha Lyonne in Amy Poehler comedy pilot Old Soul at NBC.
–Paul Scheer is now making comic books about aliens.
–2 Broke Girls‘ Nick Zano to co-star in lesbian comedy pilot at NBC from Liz Feldman.
–Maker Studios partnering with Steve O for YouTube channel.
–The Neighbors to have mini Full House reunion with Candace Cameron Bure and Scott Weinger.
–Adult Swim touring colleges with a fun house.
–Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter’s Topics podcast joins Earwolf.
–Noel Wells from SNL gets U.S. distribution for her movie Forev.
–Parks and Recreation and many other NBC series to have their own digital series.
–Documentary on Harmontown podcast, regularly taped live at Nerdmelt Showroom, to premiere at SXSW.
–Jay Leno aired his last episode of The Tonight Show.
–Oscar Nuñez joins cast of USA Network’s Benched.
–Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara reunite in Canadian comedy series Schitt’s Creek.
–Jere Burns & Andrée Vermeulen join cast of Steve Carell’s TBS procedural comedy pilot Tribeca.
–Lena Dunham’s book Not That Kind of Girl set to come out in October.
–Fox launching new line of Simpsons products for upcoming 25th anniversary and doing a whole episode in LEGO.
–Odd couple comedy from David Caspe and Erik Sommers gets pilot order at CBS.
–Rob Riggle to play opposite Rob Lowe in Lowe’s tennis comedy pilot The Pro at NBC; Colton Dunn is set to co-star.
–Jerry Seinfeld, Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, Justin Timberlake, Arcade Fire, and more to be guests on first week of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
–Fred Armisen to lead The 8G Band, the house band at Late Night with Seth Meyers.
–Chipotle produced entire web series Farmed and Dangerous at Hulu to only subtly mention themselves.
–Comedy Central’s line-up of comedians getting half hour stand up specials have been announced including Nerdist favorites Kurt Braunohler, Ron Funches, and more.
–The President of Dumb Starbucks was, of course, prankster extraordinaire Nathan Fielder.
-Two executive producers from Modern Family have signed overall deals at CBS and Warner Bros. TV.
–Jack Black and Mike White working together again on D-Train.
–Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Jonathan Levine reteam from 50/50 to make a Christmas comedy.
–How I Met Your Mother‘s Crisin Milioti to star in Rashida Jones pilot at NBC.
–Last Week Tonight with John Oliver premieres April 27th on HBO.
–HBO orders dark political comedy The Brink starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins to series.
–Greta Gerwig to star/produce/write in CBS spin-off pilot of How I Met Your Mother.
–Funny or Die parodied Shia LeBeouf’s art installation apology by having one almost exactly like it for Jerry O’Connell right next to Shia’s.
–Will Forte’s Last Man on Earth goes to series at Fox.
–Rick and Morty gets renewed for second season at Adult Swim.
–Jimmy Pardo’s news/pop culture comedy pilot presentation for TBS called The Weekly Awards.
–Gary Sanchez Productions from Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy launch female centric production company Gloria Sanchez.
–The line-up for the first week of Late Night with Seth Meyers to have Kanye West, Amy Poehler, comedian Michael Che, and more.
–Comedy legend Sid Caesar passed away this week at age 91.
–Open Road Films acquires Gabriel Iglesias comedy concert film.
–Romany Malco cast as lead in ABC Kevin Hart pilot.
–The Chris Gethard Show will resume weekly episodes on public access while awaiting decision from Comedy Central.
–Joe DeRosa launches his own podcast Down with DeRosa.
–Dwayne Johnson’s Ballers gets series order at HBO.
–Will Ferrell accepts Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith’s challenge to drumoff for charity.
–Joel McHale to host this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.
–Sacha Baron Cohen renewed his first look deal with Paramount as his movie Grimsby moves to Sony Pictures.
–The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to feature General Electric in comedy routines and digital extensions.
–30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski to star in Fox comedy pilot Dead Boss.
And here’s the previous Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now, in case you missed out.