The Sochi Olympics are over and tensions are rising in Eastern Europe, specifically Ukraine that’s seemingly Cold War-ish. While that is the news that you need to know about right now, hopefully, there’s enough room in your head for a bunch of comedy news because there’s so much.
The news of Parker Posey rounding out a spectacular cast for a Comedy Central pilot, Ellen Burstyn and Fred Willard joining Amy Poehler’s Old Soul at NBC, and comedy festival line-ups in Melbourne, SXSW, and more all broke over the last seven days, and here it all is nicely listed for you at The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now.
–The one and only Karen Gillan joins ABC comedy pilot Selfie.
–Justin Long and 19 year old comedian Pete Davidson to star in Fox comedy pilot Sober Companion.
–Mel Brooks and Conan O’Brien pay tribute to the late Sid Caesar on Conan.
–Molly Shannon to star in ABC comedy pilot.
–Parker Posey joins cast of Comedy Central pilot Crazy House.
–Fox is making a buddy comedy movie based on Dennis Rodman’s trips to North Korea.
–2014 SXSW comedy line-up announced with The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and more.
–Hollywood Laugh Factory launches pay-per-view comedy web series.
–Krysten Ritter joined NBC astronaut comedy pilot Mission Control from Will Ferrell.
–Amanda Seyfried to star in Ted 2.
–Comedian Sara Benincasa writing advice book Let’s Grow Up Together.
–Leslie Bibb to star in NBC comedy pilot Love Is Relative.
–Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard to be released Mar. 2015.
–Lindsay Price to co-star in NBC comedy pilot Lifesaver.
–The Jerky Boys’ Johnny Brennan is ready to to record his famous prank calls again.
–Andrea Savage joins cast of Rob Lowe’s tennis comedy pilot at NBC, The Pro.
–Ben Feldman cast in NBC comedy pilot A to Z.
–Matthew Perry’s Odd Couple reboot gets pilot order at CBS and casts Sarah Baker from Perry’s last series Go On.
–Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington to do live On Cinema Oscars special.
–Ellen Burstyn, Fred Willard, and Nick Thune join amazing cast of Amy Poehler’s NBC comedy pilot Old Soul.
–Rashida Jones’ parents, Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, to play her parents in TBS comedy pilot Tribeca.
–Tim Meadows joins cast of NBC comedy pilot Marry Me.
–Jason Statham teaming up with Melissa McCarthy in Fox spy comedy Susan Cooper.
–Warner Bros. sets Lego Movie sequel for May 2017.
–MaxFunCon 2014 line-up announced.
–Alternate version of Anchorman 2 with 763 new jokes opened in theaters for a limited run.
–WWE Studios to remake French comedy Queen of The Ring.
–The line-up for 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival announced.
–Jay Leno announces The Arsenio Hall Show gets picked up for a second season.
–Eddie Pepitone’s A Great Stillness rereleased on vinyl from Stand Up Records.
–Entourage to be released in summer of 2015.
–R.I.P. Harold Ramis.
–Director of Amazing Spider-Man 2 Marc Webb to direct spy comedy Cold Comfort for Fox.
–Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write film adaptation of Console Wars.
–Joe Pantoliano to co-star in Matt Damon/Ben Affleck CBS comedy pilot More Time With The Family.
–Late Night with Seth Meyers premiered this week.
–Zach Braff’s Kickstarted Wish I Was Here to be released in mid July.
–Comedy Central renews Broad City for second season.
–CBS sets talent holding deal from diversity comedy showcase with Drew Tarver, Nico Santos, and Haneefah Wood.
–Lena Dunham to host SNL next week.
–Ethan Suplee joins cast of Jaime Pressly’s TV Land comedy series Jennifer Falls.
–Tweets, Vines to hit movie screens this summer.
–Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein from Cougar Town land overall deal with Universal TV.
–Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele to guest star in FX’s Fargo adaptation.
–Max Silvestri to co-host food comedy road show on to-be-launched FYI Network.
–Monty Python to voice aliens in Terry Jones upcoming film Absolutely Anything starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale.
–Microsoft in talks to partner with Dailymotion.
–The comedians in the cast of NBC’s Undateable are going on a live comedy tour hosted by series co-creator Bill Lawrence.
–ABC orders pilot presentation from comedian Cristela Alonzo.
–Michelle Obama will appear in Parks and Recreation finale.
And here’s the previous Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now, in case you missed out.