The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now 1/10/14
by Jake Kroeger on January 10, 2014
I’m going to go ahead and say that the holiday break was too long and so much comedy news has piled up that I shouldn’t even jokingly have this sentence run on and on and on and on and… so forth. Along with @midnight returning, Louis C.K. is going to sell his own movie that never got released, The Pete Holmes Show got renewed, and even a Groundhog Day musical is in the works by someone that might be able to pull it off.
So, enough of that set up and on to The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now!
IFC’s head of original programming Debbie DeMontreux who has been responsible for many of the comedy shows that currently brand IFC as a solid comedy channel has left IFC.
Viacom/Time Warner Cable add Epix to line-up so you’ll be able to hopefully see comedy specials like Patton Oswalt’s Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time.
Showtime’s House of Lies did an improv special, aired on New Year’s Eve, recorded live at UCB Theatre and led, of course, by Ben Schwartz.
Tina Fey/Robert Carlock/Matt Hubbard get pilot order at Fox.
Nick developing crime procedural comedy for kids with renowned sitcom maven Garry Marshall and Aaron Kaplan.
ABC, Fox, and more join in on Twitter/Comcast’s SEEit initiative that would allow viewers to go directly to shows from Twitter if they’re tweeting about them.
Live comedy at Gotham Comedy Club to return to TV on AXS, hosted by Jim Breuer.
Season 3 of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee premiered with Louis C.K.’s boat.
Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen, one of the best comedy shows in New York and now in Los Angeles, celebrated the one year anniversary of the cross-country move.
ABC Family picks up comedy series Mystery Girls from Tori Spelling and Jenni Garth and Young and Hungry from Ashley Tisdale.
@midnight with Chris Hardwick has officially kicked off its new year-long run on Comedy Central.
Natasha Leggero doesn’t apologize for, and instead defends, her joke about war veterans during New Year’s Eve telecast.
Late Night with Seth Meyers to have considerably less games and music than Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
The first promos for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers aired.
EW.com launches new, unique talk show, Up Close with Tig Notaro.
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show has officially taken the Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling slot on WFMU in New Jersey-New York.
After auditions for black female comedians to address diversity issue, Sasheer Zamata will be the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live and Leslie Jones and LaKendra Tookes will be the show’s newest writers.
Craig Robinson’s Mr. Robinson gets a series order at NBC.
Louis C.K. will sell his never before released movie Tomorrow Night on his website.
HBO set for US remake of French porn industry comedy Hard.
TBS renews The Pete Holmes Show for 13 weeks, starting February 24th.
Danny McBride’s Chozen debuts on Xbox One before premiere on FX.
Sara Benincasa writing a pilot from her book Agorafabulous for USA Network.
NBC orders engagement comedy pilot from Happy Endings creator David Caspe.
FX orders Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll comedy pilot from Denis Leary.
ABC orders romantic comedy pilot from John Tucker Must Die‘s Jeff Lowell and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Hulu announced programming slate including return of Moone Boy with Chris O’Dowd and Seth Meyers’ The Awesomes, and the premiere of the original web series The Hotwives of Orlando.
Star of British comedy Sightseers Steve Oram to make directorial debut with primitive times romantic comedy Aaaaaaaah!
The United Arab Emirates have agreed to release Shez Cassim after imprisoning him for over 9 months because of an Internet parody video.
Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo, one of the few successful paid-subscriber podcasts, is moving to Earwolf to be streamed/downloaded for free.
Rainn Wilson’s Backstrom, rejected at CBS, gets series order at Fox.
Johnny Depp’s action comedy Mortdecai adds Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt, and Jeff Goldblum to cast.
Modern Family, Louis C.K., The Colbert Report, 30 Rock, and more nominated for DGA Awards for television.
IFC no longer stands for Independent Film Channel, it just means IFC, probably for the plethora of original comedy programming they have now.
According to series creator Erica Oyama, no more new Burning Love to be made.
Sony Pictures Classics picks up Woody Allen’s latest, a romantic comedy called Magic in the Moonlight.
Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Archer, 30 Rock, and more get NAACP Image Awards nominations for comedy.
Greta Gerwig to be in romantic comedy Maggie’s Plan directed by Rebecca Miller.
HBO sets dates for return of Veep and premiere of Silicon Valley featuring Nerdist favorites T.J. Miller and Kumail Nanjiani.
Girls renewed for a 4th season at HBO.
Lee Daniels might be the next director to attempt a Richard Pryor biopic.
Comedy Central greenlit both Moonbeam City from Scott Gairdner and Rob Lowe as well as Big Time in Hollywood, FL from Ben Stiller.
Tim Minchin co-developing a musical adapted from Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day.
And here’s the previous Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now, in case you missed out.