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The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now 3/29/14

Facebook drones, Gwyneth Paltrow-Chris Martin “uncoupling”, more Chris Christie “Bridgegate” controversy… they’ve all littered the headlines over the last week, and while all of those have varying degrees of importance in your life (i.e., probably not that much unless you’re Coldplay’s biggest fan in New Jersey), there was so much else going on as well. In comedy alone, The Onion and A.V. Club are putting on their own comedy festival, Archer is going back to its roots in spying, Dave Chappelle is officially getting back on stage yet again, and more.

Catch up with all the comedy news this week before you catch up on everything else (or after if you prefer) with The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now.

-The Onion/A.V. Club are putting on The 1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival in Chicago this Summer.

-A new Chech and Chong movie is in the works with director Jay Chandrasekhar.

-Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is under way for its 4th season.

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-T.I. joins cast of Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard.

-Ricky Gervais making David Brent rock mockumentary.

-Showtime’s Shameless to be considered for comedy categories for the Emmys instead of ones for drama.

-Nick Frost and Justin Long to star opposite each other in Fox procedural comedy pilot Sober Companion.

-Real life couple Chris Pratt and Anna Faris will star together in Vacation Friends.

-Archer: Vice to go back to espionage focused Archer.

-Ellen Page cast as John Belushi’s wife in John Belushi biopic opposite Emile Hirsch.

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-Patton Oswalt to host Webby Awards for third time.

-LeBron James comedy Survivor’s Remorse at Starz casts Jessie T. Usher, Ronreaco Lee, Erica Ash, Tichina Arnold, Teyonah Parris, and Mike Epps.

-Eddie Izzard is performing his Force Majeure in English, French, and German all in one night.

-NBC announces dates for new comedies this Summer including Undateable with Chris D’Elia, Ron Funches, Brent Morin, and Rick Glassman as well as Amy Poehler’s Welcome to Sweden.

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-AMC getting into comedy with projects in development from Kevin Smith, Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg, Wyatt Cenac, and more.

-Liz Feldman NBC comedy pilot One Big Happy adds Kelly Brook.

-A sequel to Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is in development.

-Paul Feig’s upcoming female spy comedy with Melissa McCarthy adds Miranda Hart.

-Thanks to Steve Coogan, UK-Canada co-produced web series SOS: Save Our Skins will air in North America via FearNet and Canada’s BiteTV.

-Hannibal Buress tweeted that his series was picked up at Comedy Central as more wishful thinking than anything official.

-Conan O’Brien can now be watched in 360°.

-RiffTrax to take on Sharknado in July.

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-Dave Chappelle to play Radio City Music Hall this Summer.

-Ricky Gervais featured as spokesman of sorts in new Audi commercials.


And here’s the previous Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now, in case you missed out.
Which story has your funny bone most tickled this week? Let us know in the comments below.

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