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The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now 12/12/13

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by on December 13, 2013

We’re fortunate that this year is coming to a close without any new supposed apocalypse date that we have to worry/not really worry about. That leaves time and energy to focus on the all the great comedy that’s happening right now, like a new special from Bo Burnham, and will happen, like Comedy Central’s programming slate for 2014. So, try not to worry about the world ending, because you really don’t have any control over it and why would you want to miss a chance to see a series from the hysterical, hopefully to be a household name soon, Jerrod Carmichael.

Bo Burnham is releasing his latest comedy special what. for free via YouTube and Netflix and as an album for purchase on Dec. 17th.

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Amanda Seyfried cast to star in romantic comedy He’s F-ing Perfect at Universal/Gary Sanchez/Good Universe.

Ben Stiller/Red Hour Films (Burning Love, Secret Life of Walter Mitty) signs deal with Legendary.

Entourage creator Doug Ellin signs overall deal at CBS.

E! getting into more scripted comedy by adapting Australian series Lowdown.

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Late Night with Seth Meyers has its writing staff.

Xbox developing pro skating half hour comedy series.

Shez Cassim has been imprisoned in United Arab Emirates for several months over an Internet parody video.

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W. Kamau Bell host is set to host The WGA East Awards.

Tig Notaro, Stephen Colbert, Billy Crystal, and more nominated for Grammys.

Californication is set for a series finale next spring at Showtime.

SF Sketchfest has announced its line-up for 2014 and tickets are on sale.

Sundance added films from/with Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, David Cross, and more to their festival line-up.

Community is returning for its 5th season January 2nd on NBC.

Tosh.0 gets picked up for 3 more seasons at Comedy Central.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are guest editing an issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Portlandia is returning for its 4th season February 27th on IFC.

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NBC greenlights comedy presentation from comedian Jerrod Carmichael.

Comedy Central’s latest scripted series Broad City will premiere Jan. 22nd.

Mitch Hurwitz to direct comedy written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant for Fox 2000.

30 Rock, Veep, Arrested Development, and more grab SAG Awards nominations.

British Museum hires comedian in residence.

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Netflix animated series Bojack Horseman, coming next Summer,to be voiced by Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, and Amy Sedaris.

Comedy Central’s Review from Andy Daly and Trip Tank get premiere dates, @midnight returning in a few weeks, and Nathan For You and Drunk History returning Summer 2014.

Master prankster Randy Liedtke might have gotten in to trouble with police over his latest iPhone cookie prank.

Steve Coogan, Will Ferrell, and more win at British Comedy Awards.

Rob Reiner to produce and direct series adaptation of Carl Hiaasen novel Basket Case for Spike TV.

Bull Durham adapted into musical and premiering in Atlanta.

Jack Black and Fred Armisen starring in web series for L.A.’s MOCA.

Showtime renews Episodes for 4th season.

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Season 3 of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee premiering next month.

Ranging from Veep to American Hustle, the 2014 Golden Globe nominations for comedy are all over the place.

Jason Segel to play David Foster Wallace opposite Jesse Eisenberg in upcoming The End of The Tour.

And here’s last week’s Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right now, in case you missed out.