The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now 12/19/13
by Jake Kroeger on December 19, 2013
You might be focused on Beyonce’s “secret album” or the plagiarism of Shia Lebeouf or the discovery of Neanderthal inbreeding (that’s pretty obvious, right?) over the last week, but comedy has more than its share of big time stories, ranging from Sony Music settling a costly dispute with Weird Al Yankovic to Naked Gun, The Odd Couple, etc. getting a reboot to David Koechner getting a pilot order from NBC.
Basically, 2014 is already off to a good start for comedy with a couple of weeks to go in 2013.
Saturday Night Live auditions black female comedians in response to diversity criticism.
Rob Huebel to star in IFC comedy pilot American Storage.
MGM acquires movie pitch Let’s Get Married from Jillian Bell and Charlotte Newhouse.
Paul Feig adds to his busy schedule by setting to direct a pitch for Melissa Stack at Fox.
Indie dramedy A Country Called Home to star Imogen Poots.
Rob Corddry joins HBO comedy pilot Ballers.
Paramount rebooting Naked Gun starring Ed Helms with script from Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.
Adam Sandler to play himself on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
CBS looking to reboot The Odd Couple with Matthew Perry as star/writer/producer.
Earwolf to launch The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project next year with Andy Daly and Matt Gourley going over submitted podcast pilots.
Screenplays from comedians Bo Burnham and Leo Allen make the popular unproduced screenplay list, The Black List.
John Oliver at HBO gets showrunner in head writer of The Daily Show Tim Carvell.
Cartoon Network to have Powerpuff Girls special next year featuring the voice of Ringo Starr.
Gaffigan at CBS adds Michael Ian Black and Ashley Williams to cast.
Annie Mumolo joins cast of NBC’s About A Boy.
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling aired its last episode December 16th.
Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan to star in dark romantic comedy series Catastrophe next year on UK’s Channel 4.
Jason Reitman’s latest Men, Women, & Children adds Emma Thompson, Judy Greer, and Dean Norris to cast.
Warner Bros. looking to adapt Gilligan’s Island into feature starring Josh Gad.
David Spade to develop comedy project at HBO.
Two former NBC chiefs named Jeff are interested in a post-Tonight Show Jay Leno.
The Simpsons‘ Sam Simon to be honored by WGA West with Valentine Davies Award.
“Weird Al” Yankovic settles multi-million dollar lawsuit against Sony Music over use of his videos on YouTube and more.
USA Network gives episode order to family comedy reality series Chrisley Knows Best.
TBS to adapt Jake & Amir web series with Ed Helms producing.
HBO’s latest political comedy pilot The Brink casts Eric Ladin.
Zach Braff’s Kickstarter funded follow up to Garden State, Wish I Was Here, to premiere at The Sundance Film Festival.
Just For Laughs makes JFL Chicago go on hiatus and is now working with Maker Studios to boost their YouTube channel.
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David Koechner to create and star in variety sketch comedy pilot for NBC.
Lionsgate is developing a movie with sketch group BriTANick.
The Chris Gethard Show may come to an end if it doesn’t get picked up to series at Comedy Central.
Zoolander 2 could happen when Ben Stiller has a little more time to do it right.
And here’s last week’s Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right now, in case you missed out.