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The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now 4/12/14

If you’re a betting golf aficionado in the Ukraine, you might care deeply about the fate of Ukraine that hangs at Russia’s whim and the Masters golf tournament underway in Augusta. Or you care about only one or the other. Or neither, because you’re at Coachella. Or none of the above. Regardless, you might care about this week’s comedy news, like Colbert agreeing to take over for Letterman in 2015, NBC looking for original comedy series via submissions, Monty Python possibly never performing together again after this Summer, and so much more.

So, that’s your cue to get on to The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now.

-Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele tapped to produce Police Academy remake.

-Tom Green Live renewed for season 3 at AXS TV.

-Dan Harmon’s D&D game podcast Harmonquest to be animated.

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-Netflix to premiere season 2 of Ricky Gervais’ Derek on May 30th.

-Paul Danke to record debut comedy album for AST Records.

-Monty Python say that their last live show in O2 Arena in London this Summer will “probably be their last live performance together”.

-Xbox orders original comedy series from Seth Green as well as Michael Cera & Sarah Silverman.

-NBC orders clip show from Steve McPherson and Bruce Gersh a la America’s Funniest Home Videos.

-Greg & Amy Poehler’s Welcome To Sweden gets renewed for a second season in Sweden before even premiering in the U.S.

-To promote their syndication of The Simpsons, FXX has scheduled a 12 day Simpsons marathon.

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-Curt Neill’s Untitled Screenplays blog to be released as a book called This Movie Will Require Dinosaurs at Perigee.

-Ashley Tisdale and George Wendt join TBS comedy pilot from Will and Grace‘s David Cohan and Max Mutchnick.

-RIP John Pinette, 1964-2014.

-A sequel to Wreck It Ralph is in the works.

-Conan O’Brien to tape a week of Conan at Comic-Con in 2015.

-Oxygen greenlights Funny Girls docu-series following up-and-coming female stand-up comedians.

-Patton Oswalt, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Paul Feig, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party, and more win for comedy at this year’s Shorty Awards.

-The CW picks up its digital series Backpackers at CW Seed to full fledged TV series.

-Amy Poehler teaming up with Tina Fey again in upcoming buddy party film The Nest.

-Amazon Studios started its next production cycle for new series, including The Cosmopolitans, a dramedy from Whit Stillman.

-Fox coming out with a live improv show Riot, featuring Steve Carell, Jason Alexander, Cheryl Hines, and more.

-Salma Hayek joins Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s animated Sausage Party.

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-NBC to greenlight two original comedy series via submissions initiative “Comedy Playground”.

-Stand Up! Records announces third Akumal Comedy Festival, an English-language comedy festival in Mexico.

-Adult Swim’s next TV special will be Brett Gelman’s Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends later this month.

-Thomas Lennon to star in Paramount’s live action-animation hybrid Monster Trucks.

-A painting currently residing in Spain looks a lot like what the love child between Arrested Development’s George Michael Bluth and Maeby Funke would look like.

-Interactive screenplays from Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy now available for download.

-Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman after Letterman retires from CBS in 2015.

-Paramount TV developing a Truman Show TV series.

-Eddie Pepitone launched his own YouTube channel at JASH.

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-The Webby Awards nominees for comedy this year include The SimpsonsThe Pete Holmes ShowBetween Two Ferns, Funny or Die, College Humor, Burning LoveKid President, and more.

-Dave Attell makes return to Comedy Central with 1 hour special Road Work and his showcase series Comedy Underground.

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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