You might think that “the industry” (unnecessary nomenclature for entertainment industry, specifically in regards to comedy) might be winding down near the end of the year, but, alas, that was absolutely not the case. Sure, they had to take Thanksgiving off, but as soon as the dishes were clean from Thanksgiving dinner, things ranging from an elaborate Twitter prank involving Kyle Kinane and a “Pace Foods Twitter account,” Louis C.K. signing a nice big deal at FX, and news of what comedy that the Coen Brothers are up to next all happened. Yes, there was something about some drones by Amazon, but don’t you worry about that, because there’s no way they’ll be part of a sentient robot army set to enslave the human race.
The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now are what you should be worried about and what you should get to reading right now:
Dave Attell’s upcoming stand up show at Comedy Central now has a full line-up of comedians.
Jimmy Pardo’s Pardcast-a-Thon raised $140,935.70 for Smile Train.
Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s Rick and Morty has a great online video game that’s also described as a rushed licensed online game.
Dramedy rakes in nominations for this year’s Spirit Awards.
Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy co-hosted a real newscast in North Dakota.
Brent Weinbach’s Gangster Party Line uses a real phone number which has received real voicemails from people that want “shit talked to them”.
Kyle Kinane tweeted a joke about Pace Picante Hot Sauce that caused a hilarious exchange between @kylekinane & @pace_foods that involved corporate intrigue, bribery, someone getting fired, and then it was revealed it was all an elaborate prank singlehandedly orchestrated by comedian/master prankster Randy Liedtke.
Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!, following the life on and off stage of none other than Brody Stevens, premiered on Comedy Central December 1st.
Set List (you might have seen it here on Nerdist) made its television debut in the UK on Sky Atlantic HD.
Zach Galifianakis to join Owen Wilson in heist comedy.
The aforementioned Rick and Morty premiered on Adult Swim December 2nd.
The JASH online comedy network is now taking submissions.
Kroll Show season 2 premieres January 14th next year on Comedy Central.
Louis C.K. signs overall deal with FX/FXX to produce more shows.
Inside Comedy with David Steinberg gets a third season at Showtime.
IFC has more chapters of R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet coming in 2014.
Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson’s Broad City is coming to Comedy Central in January.
Erin and Sara Foster making reality parody series presentation at VH1.
Eddie Izzard inks talent holding deal with NBC.
Chris Elliott to guest star in this upcoming season of Community.
The Coen Brothers are making a more traditional musical comedy.
HBO bringing Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays to television.
BBC is making a Laurel and Hardy biopic.
3rd season of Billy on the Street premiering Mar. 12th next year on Fuse.
Kevin Hart to co-star with LeBron James in Ballers at Universal.
Nasim Pedrad, Elliott Gould, and Seaton Smith staying on for Mulaney at Fox.
Mike White returning to HBO and developing a comedy about romance novel models with Girls EP Murray Miller.
And here’s last week’s Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right now, in case you missed out.