The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now 1/31/14
by Jake Kroeger on January 31, 2014
Sure, the State of The Union happened, but it would seem that people are more obsessed with Pharrell’s oversized Mountie style hat from The Grammys. As far as I’m concerned, you’re all missing the ball with news stories, as you might have not heard of C.K. already owning 2014 with everything he has going, a Seinfeld something, a Red Hot Chili Peppers prank executed to perfection, and way more.
Get on to The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now already.
-NBC orders Rob Lowe tennis comedy pilot The Pro.
-The Andy Podcast Pilot Project and Review are coming to Earwolf and Comedy Central in February and March respectively.
-FX orders a comedy series starring Judy Greer and Nat Faxon as well as a series from Orange Is The New Black‘s Stephen Falk.
-Margaret Cho to co-star in Tina Fey/Matt Hubbard women’s college comedy at Fox.
-Stephen Colbert and Kathy Griffin take home Grammys for comedy.
-Fusion had Paul F. Tompkins and the puppets of No, You Shut Up cover the State of the Union address this past Tues.
-Marc Maron is going to direct his own episode of Maron.
-Obvious Child starring Jenny Slate acquired for release by The Exchange and A24.
-College Humor moves operations from L.A. to New York and starts production company Big Breakfast.
-Crom Comedy Festival in May bringing Kyle Kinane, Ben Kronberg, and more to Omaha, NE.
-The Daily Show promotes three to executive producer.
-Renowned sketch group The State reunited for @midnight with Chris Hardwick.
-SXSW to have panels with Seth Meyers, Pete Holmes, and Portlandia and to screen Neighbors with Seth Rogen, Silicon Valley, and Grand Budapest Hotel.
-Louis C.K. released his indie 1998 film Tomorrow Night and announced the upcoming release of The Todd Barry Crowd Work Tour off his website for $5.
-Hannibal Buress’ brand new hour special to premiere Mar. 29th on Comedy Central.
-Casey Wilson starring in NBC comedy pilot Marry Me from Happy Endings creator David Caspe.
-Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson of Broad City on Comedy Central going on 18 city tour.
-Jerry Seinfeld confirms a Seinfeld reunion for something.
-Matt Damon will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live when Jay Leno bows his final night on The Tonight Show.
-ABC gives Kevin Hart a cast contingent pilot order.
-USA orders Benched starring Eliza Coupe to series.
-The voices of Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart join animated pets movie at Universal.
-NBC orders pilot of Money Pit adaptation and multi-cam comedy project Fifth Wheel.
-FXX to premiere Saint George starring George Lopez on March 6th.
-Elizabeth Banks making directorial debut with sequel to Pitch Perfect.
-ABC orders comedy pilots from Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan and Man Up! creator Chris Moynihan.
-NBC orders lesbian led comedy pilot from Ellen DeGeneres and Liz Feldman.
-CBS orders comedy pilot Good Session from John Hamburg and Matt Miller.
-Seth MacFarlane released accompanying novel for his upcoming movie A Million Ways to Die in The West.
-NBC orders single camera comedy pilot Jason Bateman and David Janollari.
-Chevy Chase to guest star on Hot in Cleveland.
-Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant writing film adaption of Choose Your Own Adventure book series.
-NBC shuts down production on Sean Saves the World.
-Eddie Izzard touring Force Majeure extensively throughout the U.S.
-Chelsea Lately to be aired simultaneously on E! and, starting next month, Sirius XM.
-ABC orders family comedy pilot from Phil Rosenthal, Max Winkler, and Rob Renis that would potentially have Henry Winkler star.
-HBO to adapt Wilton Barnhardt’s book Lookaway, Lookaway into a comedy series.
-Comedian Joe Mande to release comedy mixtape.
-Rob Schneider independently created, produced, financed and starred in his own TV series rather than a pilot to be shopped around to networks.
-E! News allegedly stole a comedy bit from Nikki and Sara Live.
-Bobby Moynihan, Jason Mantzoukas, and more join Playing House from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair.
-Comedian Jon Daly and music producer Cyrus Ghahremani serve up Red Hot Chili Peppers parody song so perfect that it fools almost everyone.
-ABC orders comedy pilots from Awkward‘s Lauren Iungerich and Suburgatory‘s Emily Kapnek.
And here’s the previous Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now, in case you missed out.