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The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now 2/14/14

The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now 2/14/14

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.