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The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now 3/1/14

The Sochi Olympics are over and tensions are rising in Eastern Europe, specifically Ukraine that’s seemingly Cold War-ish. While that is the news that you need to know about right now, hopefully, there’s enough room in your head for a bunch of comedy news because there’s so much.

The news of Parker Posey rounding out a spectacular cast for a Comedy Central pilot, Ellen Burstyn and Fred Willard joining Amy Poehler’s Old Soul at NBC, and comedy festival line-ups in Melbourne, SXSW, and more all broke over the last seven days, and here it all is nicely listed for you at The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now.

-The one and only Karen Gillan joins ABC comedy pilot Selfie.

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-Justin Long and 19 year old comedian Pete Davidson to star in Fox comedy pilot Sober Companion.

-Mel Brooks and Conan O’Brien pay tribute to the late Sid Caesar on Conan.

-Molly Shannon to star in ABC comedy pilot.

-Parker Posey joins cast of Comedy Central pilot Crazy House.

-Fox is making a buddy comedy movie based on Dennis Rodman’s trips to North Korea.

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-2014 SXSW comedy line-up announced with The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and more.

-Hollywood Laugh Factory launches pay-per-view comedy web series.

-Krysten Ritter joined NBC astronaut comedy pilot Mission Control from Will Ferrell.

-Amanda Seyfried to star in Ted 2.

-Comedian Sara Benincasa writing advice book Let’s Grow Up Together.

-Leslie Bibb to star in NBC comedy pilot Love Is Relative.

-Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard to be released Mar. 2015.

-Lindsay Price to co-star in NBC comedy pilot Lifesaver.

-The Jerky Boys’ Johnny Brennan is ready to to record his famous prank calls again.

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-Andrea Savage joins cast of Rob Lowe’s tennis comedy pilot at NBC, The Pro.

-Ben Feldman cast in NBC comedy pilot A to Z.

-Matthew Perry’s Odd Couple reboot gets pilot order at CBS and casts Sarah Baker from Perry’s last series Go On.

-Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington to do live On Cinema Oscars special.

-Ellen Burstyn, Fred Willard, and Nick Thune join amazing cast of Amy Poehler’s NBC comedy pilot Old Soul.

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-Rashida Jones’ parents, Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, to play her parents in TBS comedy pilot Tribeca.

-Tim Meadows joins cast of NBC comedy pilot Marry Me.

-Jason Statham teaming up with Melissa McCarthy in Fox spy comedy Susan Cooper.

-Warner Bros. sets Lego Movie sequel for May 2017.

-MaxFunCon 2014 line-up announced.

-Alternate version of Anchorman 2 with 763 new jokes opened in theaters for a limited run.

-WWE Studios to remake French comedy Queen of The Ring.

-The line-up for 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival announced.

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-Jay Leno announces The Arsenio Hall Show gets picked up for a second season.

-Eddie Pepitone’s A Great Stillness rereleased on vinyl from Stand Up Records.

-Entourage to be released in summer of 2015.

-R.I.P. Harold Ramis.

-Director of Amazing Spider-Man 2 Marc Webb to direct spy comedy Cold Comfort for Fox.

-Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write film adaptation of Console Wars.

-Joe Pantoliano to co-star in Matt Damon/Ben Affleck CBS comedy pilot More Time With The Family.

-Late Night with Seth Meyers premiered this week.

-Zach Braff’s Kickstarted Wish I Was Here to be released in mid July.

-Comedy Central renews Broad City for second season.

-CBS sets talent holding deal from diversity comedy showcase with Drew Tarver, Nico Santos, and Haneefah Wood.

-Lena Dunham to host SNL next week.

-Ethan Suplee joins cast of Jaime Pressly’s TV Land comedy series Jennifer Falls.

-Tweets, Vines to hit movie screens this summer.

-Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein from Cougar Town land overall deal with Universal TV.

-Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele to guest star in FX’s Fargo adaptation.

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-Max Silvestri to co-host food comedy road show on to-be-launched FYI Network.

-Monty Python to voice aliens in Terry Jones upcoming film Absolutely Anything starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale.

-Microsoft in talks to partner with Dailymotion.

-The comedians in the cast of NBC’s Undateable are going on a live comedy tour hosted by series co-creator Bill Lawrence.

-ABC orders pilot presentation from comedian Cristela Alonzo.

-Michelle Obama will appear in Parks and Recreation finale.

 

And here’s the previous Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now, in case you missed out.

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